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.
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.
Upon completion of this certificate program, successful students 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||80|
|MHASW 03 – Concurrent Disorders and More Complex Case Work||80|
|MHASW 04 – Health Promotion, Prevention and Harm Reduction||80|
|MHASW 05 – Practicum||60|
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 placed 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 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 and member of an interdisciplinary team.
Applicants must meet the requirements of our Admissions Policy:
Applicants should also provide the following additional documents. These additional mandatory requirements apply before commencing practicums and not at the time of admission.
NOTE: We have made special temporary arrangements to accept the result of the Duolingo Online Test for those Applicants who are unable to access our existing English Language Proficiency testing options due to test centre closures. Please refer to this memorandum for further information.
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.
Live Online Students
Ashton College uses web conferencing tools to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. For the online classes, students need to have a fully functional computer system with a webcam, speakers and microphone or headset and headphones, along with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Though the classes can be accessed using smartphones and tablets, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for a better learning experience.