Ontario College Graduate Certificate | 3 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

The Addictions and Mental Health Graduate Certificate program will empower students with the knowledge and skills needed for a rewarding career.  Learn to deliver responsive, culturally relevant, client-centered assessment and treatment to diverse individuals and groups and practice ways to effectively collaborate and transform lives as a valuable part of a professional support team.

Program Highlights

  • Full-time and part-time options

  • 3 semesters 

  • Experiential learning, including simulations and role plays

  • You can complete the program 100% online OR 100% in-class. You can also switch between modes of delivery throughout the program based on your needs. Click here for details.

  • Opportunity to complete a 6-week Field Placement OR Capstone Project during Semester 3

What will I learn in the program?

  • Recovery-oriented practice

  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery

  • Solution-focused brief therapy

  • Motivational interviewing

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy

  • Ethical decision-making

  • Coordinated care planning

  • Diversity informed practice

  • Trauma informed practice

  • Self care for practitioners

  • Person-centered counselling... and so much more!

  • Check out the Program of Study for course descriptions and more information

What types of assignments can I expect?

  • Counselling reference guides

  • Case studies

  • Team conference presentations

  • Simulation exercise reflections

  • Role-play activities

  • Build-your-own-adventure assignments

What experiences will I have?

  • A supportive and caring community of learners, all committed to recovery-oriented practice

  • Simulation exercises (virtual and in-person options)

  • Guest Speakers 

    • Service professionals and people with lived experience 

  • Optional opportunities to participate in training relevant to the field, which may include Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training, and Naloxone training

What does the field placement involve?

  • During Semester 3, you can complete a 6-week field placement OR a 6-week capstone project

  • Field placement can be completed anywhere in Canada

  • Examples of placement settings include: hospital and/or community-based addictions and mental health, indigenous mental health services, child and youth services, seniors mental health, addictions treatment and aftercare recovery, jail and correctional settings… and more!

What does the capstone project involve?

  • The capstone project is an alternative to the field placement

  • For students who already have experience working in the field, the 6-week capstone project is often a good option as it allows for working professionals to continue working while completing their studies 

  • The capstone project is a unique opportunity to carry out an independent research project with guidance and support from peers and faculty

  • Examples of capstone projects include: resource guides, podcast, demonstrations, research paper, business proposal, workshop development… and more!

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Admission Requirement

Applicants must be graduates of a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree program from an Ontario College or equivalent.


Applicant must possess five years of work experience in a related field (or combination of education and work experience) as judged by the College to be equivalent. Applicants must submit a resume detailing their related experience and a cover letter outlining their competencies and preparedness for the program (any and all post-secondary transcripts must still be submitted).


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2024
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2024


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2025
  3. SEMESTER 3 Spring 2025

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2025
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2025
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2025

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website. 

Course Resources:

All delivery modes include a common Moodle course shell for all students (no matter what delivery mode you select).

HyFlex courses take place during regular Cambrian College terms (fall, winter, or summer). Students and faculty members in HyFlex courses are subject to the same Cambrian College academic policies, expectations, and deadlines, as all Cambrian College courses. Evaluation expectations and policies will be communicated by faculty members at the start of each course.

Important Note for International Students:

  • Given existing policies related to the issuing of study permits, International Students must verify the impact of online delivery on their study permits.

Program of Study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
PSY 1003 Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health & Addictions 3
ADC 1001 Case Management in Professional Practice 3
ADC 1100 Foundations of Therapeutic Counselling 3
ADC 1105 Community Integration: Addictions and Mental Health 3
SSC 1201 Diversity-Informed Practices 3
ADC 1250 Impulse Control Disorders and Behavioral Addictions 3
Semester 2
LDS 1010 Concurrent Disorders and Mental Health II 3
HEA 1061 Wellness Coaching 3
LDS 1100 Trauma Informed Practices 3
LDS 1500 Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies in Practice 3
ADC 1350 Addictions and Mental Health Lifespan and Special Populations 3
ADC 1401 Field Placement Seminar 2
Semester 3
ADC 1412
Field Placement
or Capstone Course
 Total Credits40


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

  • We try to limit the number of books that you have to purchase in your courses and offer mostly open-access resources and E-books
  • The cost of books and supplies is approximately $500, including textbooks, optional training, and costs associated with field placement requirements
  • This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this one-year graduate certificate program will be positioned to pursue careers as addictions and mental health workers within a variety of settings, including but not limited to:

  • Community-based mental health agencies/organizations

  • Hospitals

  • Addictions treatment and recovery settings

  • Social welfare agencies

  • Private counselling settings

  • Seniors mental health agencies

  • Youth and children's mental health organizations

  • Jails and correctional settings

  • Live-in and community aftercare programs 

  • Land-based treatment

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.