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Addictions and Mental Health

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: MH511 Length: 3 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in the area of behavioural science, social work, psychology, sociology, nursing, criminology or other health-related or human services field.

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.


Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreClosedClosed
January 2018LakeshoreOpenClosed

The 2017-2018 fee for 3 semesters is:

  • domestic: $6,523.08
  • international: $23,167.50

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Program Contact(s)

Joanne Spence
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3314



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

Humber’s Addictions and Mental Health graduate certificate program will empower you with the knowledge and skills you need for a rewarding career. Learn to deliver responsive, culturally relevant, client-centred assessment and treatment to diverse individuals and groups. Practise ways to effectively collaborate and transform lives as a valuable part of a professional support team.

You will acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities required by front-line workers and supervisors in order to deliver effective addictions and mental health services while promoting empowerment, self-determination and optimum quality of life to individuals with addictions and mental health issues.

Recovery principles, empowerment practice, and the impact of early and ongoing trauma in the lives of individuals across the lifespan are examined in the curriculum.

You will have an opportunity to provide evidence-informed clinical and educational services to diverse individuals and groups experiencing addictions and mental health related challenges.

Note: Optional information sessions may be held throughout the year for applicants who wish to learn more about the program.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Analyze and apply current knowledge and services in the addictions and mental health fields using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework.

  • Provide and evaluate holistic, client-centred, gender-based, and culturally relevant assessments and interventions to individuals, groups and families within social and cultural contexts across the lifespan.

  • Integrate skills and knowledge from a range of frameworks and contexts in addictions, mental health and concurrent disorders to provide non-biased services to women and those from diverse and varied populations.

  • Educate individuals, families, groups and the community regarding issues and approaches through knowledge translation, knowledge exchange and the dissemination of relevant and current research and practice via formal and informal education.

  • Access, utilize and advocate for culturally sensitive community supports and services for individuals, families and the community.

  • Actively participate in and contribute to, relevant networks, groups and organizations promoting development, improvement and advancement in the fields of addictions and mental health.

  • Work collaboratively within interprofessional teams providing ethical, effective, timely, and coordinated holistic services.

  • Practice ethical and responsible behaviour in all aspects of work.

  • Research and integrate the contribution and the participation of the client, family, and community as partners in designing and implementing care and services.


Work Placement

Use and sharpen new skills while gaining crucial on-the-job work experience during a mandatory eight-week, full-time practicum that takes place in semester three. The placement, which is unpaid, is arranged with the assistance of a field placement co-ordinator.

The Humber Experience

Build your expertise in assessment and counselling with a variety of practical skills such as: Understanding the range of approaches to the treatment of addictions and mental health, learn how to complete assessments and treatment plans for clients demonstrating a range of issues, learn how to engage families and communities to help individuals succeed, and develop best practices to effectively treat individuals within different treatment modalities.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Join us from October 11-14, 2016 for Mental Health Awareness Week. There are a number of events taking place throughout the week including panel discussions, art therapy sessions and yoga.

Your Career

Qualify for employment in various organizations including community mental health and addictions services, residential treatment centres, hospitals, children’s centres, services for women, homeless shelters, youth and family services, services for Aboriginal people, ethnocultural centres, and crisis response services.

Our graduates seek career opportunities such as community support worker, team leader, housing worker, case manager, clinician, counsellor, crisis worker, addictions counsellor and mental health worker.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.