Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions, Post-Degree Diploma

Embark on a career with meaning. One year at Camosun can advance your career in the Interprofessional field of mental health and addictions, particularly as it relates to the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

Interprofessional Mental Health

Program at a glance


Post-Degree Diploma

Work experience

Clinical/fieldwork placement

Study options

Blended delivery

Open to International


Area of study

Human Services


11 months

Information Sessions

The Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions information sessions are a great way to learn more about the program and to get your questions answered by the faculty.
Scheduled Sessions

Advance your professional skills

Start in September

If you have a relevant baccalaureate degree, the Post-Degree Diploma in Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions (IMHA) prepares you to engage in the assessment, planning, treatment and evaluation of older teens and adults experiencing acute, persistent, and/or co-occurring mental health and addiction challenges. We also offer a Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions (MHA).


The Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions Post-Degree (IMHA) diploma will provide students with advanced knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with people affected by mental health and/or addiction/substance use challenges. Applying the Psychosocial Recovery framework, students will gain the necessary knowledge, theoretical frameworks, assessment skills, and counselling interventions to help individuals and their families navigate recovery from mental health and addiction challenges. There is a strong emphasis on applied learning and students will gain skills in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and stage-wise case-management.

Blended delivery

Using a combination of online and seminar class styles, this graduate program offers a variety of opportunities to apply skills and knowledge for further career advancement in the area of mental health and addictions.

Who are our students?

You’ll study with students from a variety of disciplines:

  • Nurses, child and youth workers, teachers, social workers and university students pursuing psychology and other arts and science degrees
  • Recent graduates from the humanities wanting professional qualifications
  • Working professionals wanting to upgrade their education
  • Professionals seeking re-training

Career options

IMHA was developed in collaboration with Vancouver Island Health Authority. Our students are recognized for their specialized training enabling them to work with interprofessional teams addressing the complex needs of individuals and families with mental health and addiction challenges. IMHA graduates are working in diverse settings such as group homes, treatment centers, community agencies, assertive community teams and hospitals.

Next offering

The program starts in September. The practicum component will include 20 hours per week at a practice site plus seminar and online learning time. You’ll attend approximately fifteen mandatory face-to-face seminars, combined with online learning at the college over the year. All students must attend the orientation.

This program is available through distance delivery across Canada and internationally. Distance students who do not live on Vancouver Island may not be expected to attend all the face-to-face seminars. Consult the Program Leader for more information.

HHS Student Handbook 

Current information for School of Health and and Human Services students and IMHA specific handbook

Indigenous Priority Seating

Indigenous Limited Priority Admissions 

The School of Health & Human Services (HHS) offers Priority Seating for Indigenous students in all Health related programs.

Visit Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen - Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections (IECC) for information on how to apply.  

Any questions about the application process, please contact

The Indigenous Limited Priority Admissions process, approved by the Board of Governors, supported by the Education Council, and approved by the BC Human Rights Tribunal, welcomes applications from all qualified Indigenous applicants.

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

Applied learning

The Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions program is a comprehensive and challenging program, condensed into 11 months of study, to prepare you for work in the field of mental health and addictions.

What to expect

Because this is a graduate program, you’ll find it to your advantage to be proficient with word-processing and research skills acquired in your undergraduate studies. You should expect to spend 16-20 hours each week on course content, assignments, projects, and studying. The time commitment may decrease as you become skilled at using the online learning platform and reading of texts and other resources. Depending on your experience and interests, the practicum component could include project work.



Tuition and fees

Effective from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023

Estimated tuition

Tuition estimates are for the entire program.

Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions, Post-Degree Diploma

$4,293 (domestic)
$26,640 (international)

Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

For International students visit: International Tuition & Fees.

Student fees

In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

Financial assistance

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

Curriculum & courses

Admission requirements

Ready to get started? Get your application in for the September intake.

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

All of:

  • Bachelor’s Degree - A Baccalaureate degree in Child and Youth Care, Education, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, or Social Work from a recognized post-secondary institution. Please submit proof of degree completion directly to Admissions Department. Other degrees and experience in a helping role may be considered; check with the Program Leader for determination.
  • Resume - Please forward resume listing work and volunteer experience to Program Leader.
  • Statement of Intention - Submission of a 400-500 word statement to the Program Leader outlining career goals and motivation for entering the program.

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

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Jeanne Puritch

Jeanne Puritch

Chair of Community, Family and Child Studies Department

Jeanne is the Chair of the Community, Family and Child Studies Department at Camosun College. Programs in this department include:  EACS Certi ...

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Michelle Bass, IMHA Program Leader

Michelle Bass

Program Leader, Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions (IMHA)

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Miriam Curtis

Practice Placement Coordinator

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Kristin Ross

Kristin Ross


Kristin combines her broad-based experience and knowledge to facilitate student learning and prepare our graduates to support people living with menta ...

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Jody Watson, MHA Program Leader

Jody Watson

Instructor and Program Leader, MHA

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For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

Contact information

School of Health and Human Services

Campus location

Centre for Health and Wellness (CHW) 207

Location link

Interurban Campus



If you have admissions questions please contact Admissions.