Career program

Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker Certificate Program

Live Online Info Session


January 20th, 2022

2:00 – 3:00 pm PST

Join us for a live online info session about our Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker Certificate program with instructor Jeremy Williams. Ashton College staff will also be available to advise and answer your questions about admissions and other general questions about the course.

The Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker Certificate Program will provide entry-level competencies for employment in the field of mental health and addictions. The Certificate program aims to prepare students to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team focusing on client treatment and rehabilitation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore a broad range of perspectives that are applied to explain mental illness, substance use, substance use disorder and addictions
  • Identify the prevalence and distribution of mental illness and substance abuse within Canada
  • Explain the risk factors for mental illness and substance abuse
  • Recognize ways to reduce risk, especially relating to substance abuse
  • Appreciate steps taken by the public health system in Canada to promote mental health
  • Identify public systems and organizations which exist both in Canada and internationally to assist with mental health issues and substance abuse
  • Recognize risk factors and warning signs of mental health issues, related disorders, ways to cope and tips to promote mental health
  • Identify key characteristics of various mental health disorders and their accompanying treatment options.
  • Outline treatment essentials and ways to access help
  • Explain concurrent disorders
  • Identify factors influencing treatments
  • Explore health promotion, prevention and harm reduction in Canada
  • Explain service delivery for individuals, families and communities
  • Identify ways to reduce risks and harm associated with mental health and addictions

Program Start Dates:

  • May 2, 2022 (full time online)
  • May 2, 2022 (full time in-class)

We look forward to connecting with you online! To find out more about the program:

Meet the Instructor:

Jeremy Williams is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor and Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor who has worked in the field as a Mental Health Worker, Addiction Support Worker, Youth Detox Worker and Community Liaison Worker. Jeremy works part-time in a small private practice and he is the former Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada.

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