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Addictions and Mental Health (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
1438
School:
Continuing Education

Notice:

Courses for this program are currently closed, however, we are now accepting applications for Fall 2018. Visit our registration page for details on how to apply.

About the Program

The Addictions and Mental Health Graduate Certificate program will empower students with the knowledge and skills needed for a rewarding career. Learn to deliver responsive, culturally relevant, client-centred assessment and treatment to diverse individuals and groups. Practice ways to effectively collaborate and transform lives as a valuable part of a professional support team.
Students 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.
Students will have an opportunity to provide evidence-informed clinical and educational services to diverse individuals and groups experiencing addictions and mental health related challenges

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

* Diploma or degree from an accredited college or university OR three to five (3- 5) years of related full-time formal work experience

Admission Procedures

* Submit proof of admission requirements.
* Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
OLRN8400 Introduction to Addictions, Mental Health and Concurrent Disorders
Description: This course provides an introduction to addictions, mental health and concurrent disorders, the unique features of each and the integration of services and supports in addictions and mental health. Students explore the prevention and treatment continuum in Canada, historical and cultural perspectives and frameworks and models. A bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework is addressed and current practices are reviewed including research and best practice guidelines.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN8410 Introduction to Counselling
Description: Knowledge and skills for counselling in addictions and mental health are covered in this practical course. Competencies for Canada's Substance Abuse Workforce are examined and counselling skills are practiced in simulated scenarios. Students explore and practice some behavioural and technical competencies recommended for those in the field of Addictions and Mental Health and identify plans to develop competencies.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OLRN8420 Chemical Dependency and Substance Use and Abuse
Description: In this course, students study the effects of use and abuse of various drugs on the body including: alcohol, nicotine, prescription drugs, hallucinogens, cocaine, narcotics and marijuana, inhalants and steroids. An introduction to the science of Pharmacology is included.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OLRN8430 Community Services and Supports in Addictions and Mental Health
Description: Access to mental health and addictions services can be challenging due to the complexity of the system of service, funding sources and issues relating to stigma and barriers. In this course, students learn about the current issues, trends and developments in the integration of services in order to promote coordinated, efficient access to services focusing on early intervention, treatment and community supports. Students explore a range of services for children, youth, adults, older adults and individuals with special needs. Workplace issues and supports are discussed.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN8440 Holistic Assessment and Interventions: Determinants of Health
Description: Bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessments and interventions and the determinants of health are explored in this course. Holistic interventions and current practices are included such as mindfulness, nutrition, exercise, and self-care and continuing care. Interdisciplinary practice and interprofessional collaboration is emphasized. Students explore the notion of family and the role of family in holistic intervention.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN8450 Counselling: Gender and Diversity
Description: Students develop knowledge and skills necessary to inform work with diverse individuals and groups with specific attributes and associated needs including sexual orientation, cultural diversity, gender-specific needs, marginalized populations, and older adults. Students critically examine the concept of diversity, stigmatized social identities and the impact on services and supports.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN8460 Ethics, Professionalism and Interprofessional Teams
Description: In this course, students develop their knowledge of ethical guidelines and practice in addictions and mental health within an interprofessional context. Students reflect on their individual scope of practice and build on their understanding and practice of effective and professional teamwork. Interprofessional and ethical challenges and dilemmas are analyzed in case scenarios and ethical approaches are discussed. Students review certification options after graduation and develop personal plans and professional portfolios.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN8470 Group Counselling for Addictions and Mental Health Practitioners
Description: This course provides an opportunity for students to develop knowledge and skills in facilitating counselling groups with individuals who are experiencing issues related to addictions and mental health. Students study group theory, group dynamics and group process and apply their knowledge to group facilitation. Practical application is emphasized and each student experiences leading, facilitating and participating in simulated groups.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OLRN8450
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN8480 Motivational Interviewing and Change Theory Practice
Description: Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centred, collaborative, evidence-informed approach to counselling, focused on exploring and resolving ambivalence, and enhancing motivation to change. In this course, students study the application of MI in addictions and mental health. Practical skills, concepts and essential strategies of MI are integrated into clinical practice in order to promote behaviour change, and maintenance of gains. Case studies, demonstrations and experiential learning are used in the development of MI skills.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN8490 Working with Youth and Families
Description: Youth are a highly diverse group and vary in age, development, culture, religion, sexual orientation, skills, capacities, interests and strengths. This course examines youth in a system of relationships with family, peers, their community and others, and the ways members of this system can have a significant impact on substance use, other addictions and mental health. Students are introduced to current issues in addiction and mental health in youth, risk factors, developmental and other considerations for assessment, treatment, counselling, relapse prevention, maintenance and other supports including harm reduction and skill building strategies.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN8500 Impulse Control Disorders and Behavioural Addiction
Description: In this course students critically review disorders characterized by diminished control over behaviour such as gambling, internet use, and gaming. These disorders have historically been conceptualized as impulse control disorders and/or non-substance or "behavioral" addictions. An overview of disordered eating and sexual addition will also be covered. Students study the classification in the DSM.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OLRN8400
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN8510 An Introduction to Trauma - Informed Practice
Description: In this course students explore trauma-informed practice at the individual, organizational and systemic levels. Students develop an understanding of the diverse needs of trauma survivors and how women, men, children and youth experience trauma differently. The effect of trauma on the brain is studied and the way service may be adapted is discussed. Content includes an overview of services for people with trauma, substance use and mental health including parenting, child welfare and supports for children.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN8520 Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange in Addictions and Mental Health
Description: Building the capacity in individuals, families, and the community in early identification and intervention in addictions and mental health, is essential in providing integrated service and supports. This course examines theory and practice of knowledge exchange (KE) and capacity building including current research, networks, and effective and efficient processes to bring theory to practice. Students design and develop a product that may be used in education and capacity building.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OLRN8430
CoRequisites:
Closed
RSCH8030 Research Capstone
Description: With the guidance of a research advisor, students select a special topic of interest and design and conduct secondary research.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OLRN8400, OLRN8410, OLRN8420, OLRN8430, OLRN8440, OLRN8450, OLRN8460
CoRequisites:
Closed

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Debbie Richardson, drichardson@conestogac.on.ca, (519) 748-5220 ext. 2488

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