Grow your knowledge in mental health and addictions and learn more about assessment, treatment, and self-help strategies within individual, group, family, and community contexts. Not only will our degree-credit courses help you build a foundation in psychology but you will gain new skills to add to your career toolkit to help you level up.

Industry and Careers
This certificate can lead to career paths in roles such as:

  • Psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Child and youth worker
  • Mental health and addictions counsellor
  • Mental health advocate
  • Hospital administrator
  • Clinical coordinator
  • Counselling administrator

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Individuals who require knowledge of mental health and addictions to enhance their work and better understand the circumstances of clients, employees, colleagues in their places of employment and volunteerism
  • Students who would like to use the degree-credit courses towards completion of their undergraduate degree

What Will You Learn?
Two introductory courses will provide you with a foundation in psychology by examining the basic principles and applications to everyday experience.

You will then focus on the psychology of addictions and disorders. Some of the disorders you will explore include: depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and eating disorders.

Certificate Requirements

  • 4 required courses
  • 6 electives*
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

*Select 2 (or 3) selections from Electives – Group A and 3 (or 4) courses from Electives – Group B.


Admission Criteria 


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits


  • Mature student status with 3 years of professional experience in business, community service, or industry

Awards and Financial Aid


Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
This certificate program is OSAP eligible. To learn more, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

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Additional Details


You may only select 1 of CPSY 214 or CPSY 607. If you choose to take 2 courses from this category, you will need to complete 4 courses from Electives – Group B to fulfill the certificate requirements; if you take 3 courses, you will need to complete 3 courses from Electives – Group B.