Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker Certificate (Live Online)

  • Format:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    360 hours

  • Application fee:

    $200 (Domestic)

  • Tuition fee:

    $5,400 (Domestic)

Start Date

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.

Program Overview

Our Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker Certificate program provides entry-level competencies needed for employment in the field of mental health and addictions. In contemporary society, 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 or residential.

Topics Covered/Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this certificate program, successful students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Understand the broad range of perspectives that are applied to explain mental illness, substance use, substance use disorder and addictions
  • Understand the prevalence and distribution of mental illness and substance abuse within Canada
  • Identify 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
  • Identify risk factors and warning signs of mental health issues, related disorders, ways to cope, and tips to promote mental health
  • Understand key points about disorders and their treatment option
  • Understand treatment essentials and ways to get help
  • Recognize Concurrent Disorders
  • Identify factors influencing treatments
  • Understand health promotion, prevention and harm reduction efforts in Canada
  • Understand the structure and delivery of services for individuals, families and communities
  • Reduce risks and harms associated with mental health and addictions

Program Organization

Title of Course/Practicum Component * # of Hours*
MHASW 01 – Introduction to Mental Health 60
MHASW 02 – Mental Illness and Interventions 80
MHASW 03 – Concurrent Disorders and More Complex Case Work 80
MHASW 04 – Health Promotion, Prevention and Harm Reduction 80
MHASW 05 – Practicum 60

Career Options

  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Worker
  • Community Mental Health Worker
  • Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Mental Health (60 hours)

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.

Mental Illness and Interventions (80 hours)

Concurrent Disorders and More Complex Casework (80 hours)

Health Promotion, Prevention and Harm Reduction (80 hours)

Practicum (60 hours)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the requirements of our Admissions Policy:

  • BC Secondary School Graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent OR Mature Student status.
  • Excellent communication skills in written or oral English. Before prospective students can be admitted, they must meet the College English Language Proficiency requirements.

Applicants should also provide the following additional documents. These additional mandatory requirements apply before commencing practicums and not at the time of admission.

  • Clear criminal records search for the vulnerable sector;
  • TB test and/or X-ray and Certificate of Health.

Required Materials

  • A list of recommended and required readings will be provided by instructors


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 they produce proof of funding 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.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.


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