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Humber’s Addictions and Mental Health graduate certificate program will empower you with the knowledge and skills you need for a rewarding career. Learn to deliver responsive, culturally relevant, client-centred assessment and treatment to diverse individuals and groups. Practise ways to effectively collaborate and transform lives as a valuable part of a professional support team.

You will acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities required by front-line workers and supervisors in order to deliver effective addictions and mental health services while promoting empowerment, self-determination and optimum quality of life to individuals with addictions and mental health issues.

Recovery principles, empowerment practice, and the impact of early and ongoing trauma in the lives of individuals across the lifespan are examined in the curriculum.

You will have an opportunity to provide evidence-informed clinical and educational services to diverse individuals and groups experiencing addictions and mental health related challenges.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
• Analyze and apply current knowledge and services in the addictions and mental health fields using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework.
• Provide and evaluate holistic, client-centred, gender-based, and culturally relevant assessments and interventions to individuals, groups and families within social and cultural contexts across the lifespan.
• Integrate skills and knowledge from a range of frameworks and contexts in addictions, mental health and concurrent disorders to provide non-biased services to women and those from diverse and varied populations.
• Educate individuals, families, groups and the community regarding issues and approaches through knowledge translation, knowledge exchange and the dissemination of relevant and current research and practice via formal and informal education.
• Access, utilize and advocate for culturally sensitive community supports and services for individuals, families and the community.
• Actively participate in and contribute to, relevant networks, groups and organizations promoting development, improvement and advancement in the fields of addictions and mental health.
• Work collaboratively within interprofessional teams providing ethical, effective, timely, and coordinated holistic services.
• Practice ethical and responsible behaviour in all aspects of work.
• Research and integrate the contribution and the participation of the client, family, and community as partners in designing and implementing care and services.


Semester 1

• ADMH 5001: Introduction to Addictions, Mental Health, and Concurrent Disorders
• ADMH 5002: Introduction to Counselling
• ADMH 5003: Chemical Dependency and Substance Use and Abuse
• ADMH 5004: Community Services and Supports in Addictions and Mental Health
• ADMH 5005: Holistic Assessment and Interventions: Determinants of Health
• ADMH 5006: Counselling Gender and Diversity
• ADMH 5007: Ethics, Professionalism and Inter-professional Teams
• ADMH 5016: Field Placement Preparation 1

Semester 2

• ADMH 5008: Group Counselling for Addictions and Mental Health Practitioners
• ADMH 5009: Motivational Interviewing and Change Theory Practice
• ADMH 5010: Working with Youth and Families
• ADMH 5011: Impulse Control Disorders and Behavioural Addiction
• ADMH 5012: An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practice
• ADMH 5013: Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange in Addictions and Mental Health
• ADMH 5014: Field Placement Preparation 2

Semester 3

• ADMH 5015: Practicum and Special Topics Seminar

Work Placement

Use and sharpen new skills while gaining crucial on-the-job work experience during a mandatory eight-week, full-time practicum that takes place in semester three. The placement, which is unpaid, is arranged with the assistance of a field placement co-ordinator.

Your Career

Qualify for employment in various organizations including community mental health and addictions services, residential treatment centres, hospitals, children’s centres, services for women, homeless shelters, youth and family services, services for Aboriginal people, ethnocultural centres, and crisis response services.

Our graduates seek career opportunities such as community support worker, team leader, housing worker, case manager, clinician, counsellor, crisis worker, addictions counsellor and mental health worker.

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