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Addictions, Community & Mental Health Worker Online Diploma Program
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Addictions, Community & Mental Health Worker Diploma Program in Winnipeg

Commonwealth College offers the in-class and online Addictions, Community and Mental Health Worker program. This program will help you acquire the skills required to work in the community service field at large, while also specifically targeting the mental health and addiction services. Subjects are delivered using evidence-based knowledge and skills in screening, assessing, and responding to people with mental health and substance-use issues from diverse cultural and community perspectives.

Program Overview:

In the Addictions, Community and Mental Health Work program, you will learn to work in a variety of community health and human services settings such as mental health and addiction agencies, homeless drop-in centres and crisis service centres. You will learn to provide support to individuals, family members and small groups impacted by addiction and mental health issues. You will also gain the knowledge to advocate for equitable access to supports and services including health promotion, prevention and harm reduction.

Classroom and/or online instruction will be combined with field placement (practicum) where you will be working with clients in social service agencies under the supervision of experienced service providers. You will have the opportunity to work in interprofessional teams to gain direct experience providing support to clients and families through case management, assessment, referral and navigating systems of care. The practical experience you gain will help to reinforce classroom learning and provide grounding for full-time work after graduation.

Please Note: This program is taught using a combination of modalities. Courses may be delivered face-to-face, online or in blended/hybrid combination of both online and traditional classroom teaching.

The program is approved by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF).

Program Highlights:

In the Addictions, Community and Mental Health Worker program, you will learn to:

  • Develop a plan to assist individuals in achieving their goals for mental wellness and substance use/addiction;
  • Integrate group work and group facilitation skills across a wide range of community service settings to support the growth and development of individuals, families, and communities affected by addictions and mental health issues;
  • Provide appropriate treatment, prevention and harm reduction strategies to individuals and families impacted by addiction and mental health issues;
  • Recognize diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families and communities to develop and promote accessible and responsive programs and services;
  • Respond accordingly to individuals in crisis to provide appropriate assistance and referral where necessary;
  • Develop and maintain positive interprofessional collaboration and working relationships with colleagues, supervisors and community partners that adhere to professional, legal and ethical standards;
  • Advocate, at a system level, for non-judgmental acceptance and unconditional positive regard of individuals with addictions and mental health issues;
  • Collaborate with Indigenous peoples and their communities to identify and advocate for access to culturally appropriate/safer resources and support;
  • Engage in critical self-reflection to support professional growth, lifelong learning and self/community care strategies;


Theory 676 hours
Practicum 240 hours
Total 916 hours

How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Speak to Admissions at 204-558-9023 for all upcoming start dates or write to us at


Canadian high school graduation or equivalent, or mature student status plus successful completion of entrance assessment and admissions interview.

Admissions Requirements

For more information on admission requirements, please contact 204-558-9023 or

Course Fee

Registration Fee : $225.00 CAD
Tuition Fee : $11,000.00 CAD
Training Completion Fund (TCF) : $110.00 CAD
Books & Supplies Fee : $1,080.00 CAD
Total Fees : $12,415.00 CAD
Courses Covered
  • Fundamental Academics
  • Substance Use Theories & Treatment
  • Substance Use Awareness
  • Ethics
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Essential Communication Skills for Counselling
  • Theories of Counselling, A Framework
  • Writing & Document Use in the Workplace
  • Introduction to Psychology & Mental Health
  • Understanding and Working with Mental Health/illness
  • Resource & Services; Social Services & Resources
  • Self Care
  • Dynamics of Family Systems
  • Facilitating Groups
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Working with Indigenous Youth, A Strength Based Perspective
  • Empowering the Youth at Risk
  • Understanding Trauma & Grief
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Practicum Placement
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