Addiction & Mental Health Worker

Program Title – Addiction & Mental Health Worker

  • Program Title – Social Service Worker
    Credential Earned Ontario College Diploma
    Delivery Full Time
    Program Length 4 Semesters
    Program Status Open

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Program Codes
NORT-A151W (PC) – Winter Intake, Timmins Campus
Please note that no classes are held during the Summer Semester during the first year of the program. The program resumes in the Fall and continues for the Winter and Summer Semesters to be completed in under two years.

NORT-A151 (PC) – Timmins Campus
NORT-A152 (HL) – Haileybury Campus
NORT-A153 (KL) – Kirkland Lake Campus
NORT-A154 (CK) – Contact North, Distance Learning

Program Description
The Addiction and Mental Health Worker program provides students with evidence-based knowledge and skills in screening, assessing and responding to people with mental health, substance use and other addictions from diverse cultural and community perspectives.

Graduates will be prepared to analyze multiple and intersecting causes and impacts of addiction and mental health issues from a multidimensional framework that integrates an Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP) lens, inclusive of Indigenous and traditional approaches to healing. The focus of this approach will prepare students to work with individuals and family members experiencing addiction and mental health issues and challenges, as well as to intervene in an advocacy role at organizational and systems levels to promote equitable access to supports and services, including health promotion and prevention/harm reduction.

The field placement component of this program provides students with the opportunity to work in inter-professional teams to gain direct practice experience providing support to clients and families/kin through case management, assessment and referral and navigating systems of care.

Alternate Delivery
This program is available to students on campus and to students studying at a distance by e-learning format. Please note that students studying by e-learning format will be required to travel to lab locations (e.g out of town) on multiple occasions at their own expense.

Career Opportunities
Professionals with training in addictions and mental health are highly sought after by social service employers. Graduates of the Addiction and Mental Health Worker program can find employment in shelters, drop-in centres, hospitals, correctional facilities, recovery or rehabilitation homes and crisis support agencies in roles such as Case Manager, Harm Reduction Worker, Street Outreach Worker, Short-Term Crisis Bed Worker, Front-Line Shelter Worker, Withdrawal Management Counsellor, and others.

With respect to employment prospects for individuals trained in mental health and addictions work, Service Canada (2013) notes that the labour market and demand for community and social services workers will remain high in the coming years, particularly in the addiction and mental health sector.

Graduates of the Addiction and Mental Health Worker program will be prepared for practice with individuals, families/kin and small groups who are impacted by addiction and mental health issues in a variety of community health and human services settings such as social and advocacy organizations, residential care facilities, outpatient care centres and community-based food, housing, emergency and other relief services.

Pathways & Transfer Agreements
Pathways from the Addiction and Mental Health Worker program include the following programs offered at Ontario Colleges:
• Social Service Worker
• Recreation Therapy
• Youth at Risk program
• Community and Justice Services program
• Child and Youth Worker program

Pathways into degree programs include:
• Bachelor degree in Social Work
• Bachelor degree in Social Welfare and Social Development
• Bachelor degree in Psychology/Sociology
• Bachelor degree in Gender Equality and Social Justice
• Professional Addiction Studies (Continuing Education)

For more informations on Northern’s Transfer Agreements download the complete Articulation Agreement list for Universities and Colleges (PDF, 113KB) or visit OnTransfer, which provides information and resources to help students and potential students find their way through Ontario’s postsecondary system.

Contact Information
Lori Vachon
705-235-3211 ext. 2141
vachonl@northern.on.ca