Dates to be announced.
This Program is currently under review by the Private Training Institutions Board (PTIB). We are currently accepting enquiries regarding the Certificate program. Program start dates, time, and application details will be made available in the near future.
The Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker Certificate Program provides entry-level competencies needed for employment in the field of mental health and addictions.
There is an increasing demand for mental health and addictions support workers. Our certificate program aims to prepare students to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team focusing on client treatment and rehabilitation. Graduates of the program can choose to work in a variety of settings including institutional, community and residential.
Upon completion of this certificate program the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
|Title of Course/Practicum Component *||# of Hours*|
|MHASW 01 – Introduction to Mental Health||60|
|MHASW 02 – Mental Illness and Interventions||60|
|MHASW 03 – Concurrent Disorders and More Complex Case Work||60|
|MHASW 04 – Health Promotion, Prevention and Harm Reduction||60|
|MHASW 05 – Practicum||120|
This course introduces students to the study of mental health, mental illnesses and substance use. A wide variety of issues will be explored including patterns of distribution, risk factors, and efforts made by society to prevent and treat mental health issues
This course introduces theories and applications related to mental health issues and illnesses. Emphasis will be on recognizing symptoms of mental illness and identifying intervention strategies for common conditions.
This course focuses on providing support to individuals who are living with serious mental illnesses and addictions, and their families. Students will gain insight into how factors like gender, sexual orientation, race and culture can influence the treatment of clients and their families.
This course examines the concepts of the reduction of risk and harm associated with mental health and addictions. Participants will also examine how health promotion, prevention, and harm reduction have influenced mental health and addictions policies and the structure and the delivery of services to individuals, families and communities.
This course offers students the opportunity to practice their knowledge and skills to assist individuals in mental health and addiction settings. Emphasis will be on developing the student as a responsible practitioner as part of an interdisciplinary team.
List of recommended and required readings will be provided by instructors
Mental Health Support Worker
Mental Health Rehabilitation Worker
Community Mental Health Worker
Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker
Tuition fees for this program are due and payable 2 weeks prior to the cohort start date. Students with guaranteed funding arrangements will be exempt from this requirement provided that they produce documents before the cohort start date.
All formats of the program are eligible for Canada Student Loans, other forms of government funding, and bank financing. However, students are responsible for making their own funding arrangements and are advised to contact the relevant funder well in advance of the start date to make an application.
Application and tuition fees for this program are as follows:
Application fee: $200 (Domestic Students)
Tuition fee (Online): $5400 (Domestic Students)
Note: Tuition fees do not include the cost of the required textbooks.
Applicants must meet the requirements of our Admissions Policy:
Applicants should also provide the following additional documents. These additional mandatory requirements apply prior to commencing practicums and not at the time of admission.
Live Online Students
Ashton College uses web conferencing tools to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. Students need access to a computer, laptop or smartphone to access the class sessions.
To be able to participate in webinars, students need a webcam and headset, or a microphone and headphones, along with a high-speed internet connection.