Community Support Worker:
Addictions and Mental Health Specialisation

This program is pending approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.


This Diploma program will provide graduates with the skills to help clients effectively manage areas   within the scope of their personal and social realm, specializing in the implementation of addiction and mental programs and services. Graduates will be able to observe, understand and evaluate responsiveness to various treatment programs and provide the necessary support via networking systems.


Total scheduled Program length is 600 hours which can be completed in 30 weeks


  • High School Graduate or equivalent OR mature student status (19 years or older prior to starting the program)
  • Meet one of the following English Language Proficiency requirements:
    • Minimum Grade 10 English (Domestic Students)
    • Overall IELTS 5, OR CLB Level 5, OR Duolingo score of 75-80, OR VCA test score of 55/100
  • Criminal record check (in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act)


  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Introduction to Addictions
  • Pharmacology Essentials
  • Essentials of Mental Health
  • Aboriginal Canadian Studies
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Assessment Essentials
  • Introduction to Case Management
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Burnout & Selfcare
  • Certifications (Food safe Level 1, Standard First Aid with CPR Level C & Suicide Prevention)
  • Career and Employment Strategies


Upon completion of this program, graduates could work in a variety of areas such as:

  • Addiction and counselling support worker
  • Community mental health care worker
  • Group homes
  • Correctional facilities
  • Social Service Government agencies
  • Resident support worker
  • Women shelters

Median Wage: $23.00 to $31.00 (Job Bank