A variety of learning experiences

Mental Health and Addictions – Associate Certificate

Program Details

Length: 3 courses over 3 terms

Total Credits: 6

Intake Terms: Fall

Campus: Castlegar

Student Loans: This program is not eligible for Student Loans

Credential Received

Associate Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions


Program Summary

If you are already studying or working in the human service or health care fields, you can earn an associate certificate in Mental Health and Addictions to take your career to a new level. Focused on the specific needs of clients coping with mental health and substance use challenges, you’ll be ready for a variety of workplace settings and challenges.

In this program, you will complete two online courses that examine current research about the causes and treatment of mental health and substance use challenges for marginalized populations and participate in a two-day experiential workshop focused on motivational interviewing skills.

This certificate is designed for those who wish to focus their practice in the area of Mental Health and Addictions and may be of interest to

  • Human Services students
  • Human Services workers
  • Degree holders looking for work-related skills and/or credentials
  • Nurses wishing to practice in the area of Mental Health and Addictions

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate professionalism in practice consistent with the code of ethics and standards of practice of their respective disciplines.
  • use effective interpersonal skills including active listening, collaboration, self-awareness and conflict resolution within multi-faceted roles and contexts.
  • understand and respect cultural differences and multiple ways of knowing.
  • practice from an ethic of inclusivity.
  • establish and maintain wellness strategies to assure work/life balance both personally and professionally.
  • engage in critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

Completion of the Health and Human Services diploma or two years of a relevant program; or Completion of a certificate program in Health and Human Services or relevant field and two years of experience in the field; or five years of experience in the Health and Human Services field and permission from the Instructor and Chair of Health and Human Services.

  • English Studies 12 or equivalent, with a minimum of 60% or higher or a minimum LPI score of level 4.

Additional Requirements

The below listed documents need to be submitted to apply for this program.

If the admission requirement for the certificate or diploma was completed at Selkirk College the below information is not required.

  • A letter from the applicant’s employer stating their position and employment history
  • Résumé
  • Official copy of secondary and post-secondary transcripts
  • Two letters of reference

Program Courses

Term 1

Required Courses

ADD 384Addictions Theory And Practice


Term 2

Required Courses

HSER 257Mental Health Issues: Practical Responses


Term 3

Required Courses

HSER 600Motivational Interviewing - Brief Interventions and Support Strategies Workshop