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Community Mental Health & Addictions Worker
The unique curriculum for this program has been prepared in direct partnership with industry agencies supporting individuals with mental health challenges and addictions. Based on the input received from these industry partners, this program has been specifically designed to prepare students – philosophically, mentally/intellectually, emotionally, and experientially – for a successful career with longevity and the potential for advancement in the challenging field of mental health and addictions. This program respects the histories and vulnerabilities of many who are drawn to working in the field of mental health and addiction and provides ongoing support.
The Stenberg College Community Mental Health & Addictions Worker Training Program prepares graduates, through mental health worker courses, to:
Typical Job Duties
Community Mental Health & Addictions Workers assist individuals with mental health challenges, housing and addiction issues by encouraging and supporting them in their daily lives. They model, teach and support all functions of home life, daily living activities, leisure and recreation for improved quality of life for their clients. They provide assistance, support and skill training to adult men and women to establish and maintain a stable living situation, as independently as possible. They discuss, isolate and assess problems, develop a flexible plan of action, ensure basic needs are met, network clientele with needed services and provide crisis intervention as necessary. They also act as coordinators for volunteers.Community Mental Health & Addictions Workers work alongside a diverse group of citizens to help discover hope and build optimism for the future.
After graduating from the Community Mental Health & Addictions Program, you'll be qualified for employment as a:
Wages and Career Outlook
Wage and career outlook information is difficult to predict. Unlike other occupations, most opportunities in health and community outreach are driven by the current government policy rather than the business cycle. Based on recent employment statistics gathered by Stenberg College, the average starting wage for students who have completed this type of program and are working in their field of study is $18 per hour.
Use the following sites to obtain more career information. Please realize that survey results are based upon groupings of a large number of related jobs. Wages and career outlook may differ due to education level, geography and type of employer:
Is This Training Program for You?
It is if you:
Program Admission Requirements
Prior to Program Admission, Program Advisors will outline practice education requirements for the program. Upon enrollment, students will be informed of next steps and timelines. Non-compliance could result in program dismissal. Requirements for practice education placements include:
Program Advisors will work with students to obtain the following:
NB: Additional criteria may be required to fulfill industry guidelines; students will be informed in advance of any requirements that need to be fulfilled for placements
Duration and Financing
Duration: 60 weeks including integrated and consolidated practice experience
Financing: You could be eligible for Employment Insurance Funding for education, government student loans as well as other financing options; the Stenberg College Financial Aid Officer would be happy to provide further assistance.