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Get the Skills to Become an Addictions & Mental Health Worker

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Help others reach their full potential by becoming an Addictions & Mental Health Worker

92-Week Addictions and Mental Health Post-Graduate Program in Ontario

Oxford College’s Addictions and Mental Health (AMH) diploma program will help prepare graduate students to further develop the knowledge and skills required to advance their career in the healthcare or social services sector. Students will gain hands-on experience through field placement and learn how to deliver effective, culturally relevant and responsive support to diverse populations. Students will receive direct experience in counselling based on the “Twelve Core Functions”. Oxford College is the only Private Career College in Ontario to offer the CACCF-Accredited Addictions and Mental Health program as a post-graduate diploma.

The Addictions & Mental Health program is accredited by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF), for those seeking to obtain their Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor (CCAC) designation.

Flexible Program Options

If you’re interested in starting a rewarding new career, but you can’t put your entire life on hold to pursue it, you’re in the right place. At Oxford College, we offer flexible class schedules including Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Weekend sessions. We also offer flexible learning options (Online, Hybrid and In-person) for many of our programs.

For more information about Oxford College’s flexible program options, inquire today!

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Addictions & Mental Health Worker

92-Week Postgraduate Diploma | $53,040 median annual salary***


  • Graduates hired by hospitals, government and mental health agencies & shelters
  • Training in Crisis Intervention, Addictions and Disorders & Counselling
  • Advance into Social Work, Counselling, Criminal Justice and much more!


***https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/marketreport/wages-occupation/24584/ON visited on April 10, 2023. Salary source for social and community service workers in Ontario with lowest 10% earning $37,440 to the highest 10% of workers earning $81,244.

Become a Qualified Addictions & Mental Health Worker

As an Addictions & Mental Health Worker, your everyday responsibilities may include providing counseling, support, and crisis identification among other important tasks. Upon successful completion of an Addictions and Mental Health program, you will have the necessary skills to provide support, understand behaviours and provide treatment.

During the Addictions and Mental Health program, you’ll learn:

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Basic Counselling Skills
  • Substance & Behavioural Addictions
  • Therapeutic Approaches
  • Group Counselling Practices
  • Brain Stimulation Therapies
  • And more!

Is Career Training Right for You? Find Out! Take the Oxford College “Career Training Readiness Quiz”

This fun, online quiz takes 3-minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get Your Career Training Readiness score now.

Real-World Experience – Professional Field Placement

As a student in this program, you will have the opportunity to apply theory into practice while working collaboratively with various health care professionals in the community. The 12-week field placement provides you with hands-on experiences, opportunities for supervised exploration and practice in addictions and mental health, along with self-reflective practices as a practitioner.

Get Certified And Become More Employable

Oxford College’s Addictions and Mental Health program is accredited by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF), for those seeking to obtain their Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor (CCAC) designation. Gaining this certification shows you are capable and competent, and it can open employment opportunities to you.

Countless Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will enter a dynamic and challenging career that offers opportunities in a variety of health and community settings.

Upon course completion, successful candidates can work any of the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Government Agencies
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Substance Abuse Centers
  • School Boards
  • Correction Facilities
  • Shelters
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Housing Agencies
  • Group Care Homes
  • Child and Family Services

Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Diploma in a relevant field from an Accredited College or University

OR

WES/CES/ICAS Verified

AND

Clear CPIC with VSS
Current Immunization

Career Services

After your training, we won’t leave you hanging. Career Services is here to help you throughout your entire career training journey and afterwards, too. From organizing placements at prominent companies to helping you with your resume, cover letter, and interview tips, you’ll feel confident that you’re putting your best foot forward when it comes time for you to enter into the profession. What’s more, you can access our services after graduation if you need help with the employment hunt. Because when you become a student at Oxford College, you join the Oxford family for life!

Financial Aid

Many people need extra financial assistance to attend school. At Oxford, we believe that finances should not be a barrier for anyone seeking higher education. That’s why we have many funding programs in place, including OSAP, Second Career, and private student loans, to name a few. We will also work with you to set up manageable monthly payment plans for you. Sit down with a financial aid advisor, and they’ll help to assess your situation and create a funding plan that works for you.

Is a Rewarding Career as an Addictions & Mental Health Worker Right For You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about careers in Addictions & Mental Health and exploring if this is the right career path for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

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