Program Code: 3056


This online certificate is designed for professionals working in healthcare, education, or social and community services fields who are currently working with, or would like to work with, populations affected by addictions and mental illness.

The program may also be of interest to individuals who want to broaden their understanding of addictions and mental health for personal reasons. This program will explore the complexities of mental illness, the link to addictions, and the needs of a diverse population. Learners will gain the relevant knowledge and practical skills needed to effectively work with populations who may have mental health and addictions issues.


OEL1235 - 3 Addictions and Mental Health
OEL1266 - 3 Mental Health and Society
OEL1273 - 3 Human Development
OEL1400 - 3 Introduction to Counselling
OEL8001 - 2 Positive Perspectives: Methods and Strategies

Learners must complete two electives of their choosing from the list below:

  • OEL8009 - Opioid Use, Misuse and Dependency
  • OEL1399 - Counselling Gender and Diversity
  • OEL1276 - Chemical Dependency and Substance Use and Abuse
  • OEL1277 - Understanding Offenders with Mental Health Issues
  • OEL1278 - Victim Assistance Services
  • OEL1279 - Motivational Interviewing and Change Theory Practice
  • OEL1280 - Family Counseling in Addictions
  • OEL1281 - Group Counseling for Addictions and Mental Health Practitioners

Requirements & Program Information

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older

Students must successfully complete all courses within 7 years of acceptance into the program in order to graduate

Students must obtain a G.P.A. of 2.0 or 60% or higher to obtain this certificate


Upon successful completion of the online Addictions and Mental Health Studies certificate program, students will obtain a Sault College certificate.

Career Path

The program is directed to those who have related experience in the fields of mental health and addictions, which may include positions in community services (e.g. social workers, child and youth workers, police officers), education (e.g. educational support workers, educational assistants, teachers), and health (e.g. occupational therapist assistants, physiotherapist assistants, personal support workers, and nurses).

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.jobbank.gc.ca.


For more information, please contact the Continuing Education department at continuingeducation@saultcollege.ca.
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