What to expect from a career in Addictions and Mental Health Therapy
Addictions and mental health issues affect a growing number of Canadians each year. Students in addictions and mental health programs at Ontario colleges learn the necessary skills to provide support, understand
If you are patient, mature and passionate about helping people and are interested in a career in the addictions and mental health field, here’s what you need to know.
Addictions and Mental Health Courses
Classes in addictions and mental health programs provide in-depth information and hands-on training to ensure students not only understand the history and theory of
Other courses in addictions and mental health programs will likely fall into these two areas:
- Research. Analyzing client
behaviour, past case studies and other psychological information are integral in helping others with addictions or mental health issues.
- Strategic thinking. Students will be trained to create customized therapies for drug addiction, depression and other mental health and addiction issues.
Field experience and work placements are an important part of the curriculum in all addictions and mental health programs. Students gain real-world experience while receiving feedback from trained professionals.
General Addictions and Mental Health Program Requirements
Addictions and Mental Health programs at Ontario colleges generally require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a grade 12 English credit. Depending on the program, students may require Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificates, as well as specific immunizations.
Some addictions and mental health programs are offered at the post-graduate level, in which case a diploma or degree will be required.
Addictions and Mental Health Jobs and Salaries
Ontario college addictions and mental health programs prepare students to work as
- Addictions Therapist
- Community Education Worker
- Crisis Counsellor
- Rehabilitation Worker
Positions are available in non-profit organizations, hospitals, addiction treatment
Ontario Colleges Offering Addictions and Mental Health Programs
Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of addictions and mental health programs at Ontario colleges.