Concurrent Disorders - 252

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Learn to assess, treat and work with individuals and families battling addiction and mental health issues who present complex diagnosis and treatment challenges.
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Students in Mohawk's Concurrent Disorders part-time program will develop an understanding of substance abuse, mental illness and the use of drugs. Students will complete field placements in a variety of community organizations.

Recently, there has been increasing recognition of the unique needs of people who live with concurrent disorders in the helping professions. Co-occurring substance use and mental health problems present challenges for people in accessing comprehensive support and services. Most promising practices in social and health service agencies include integrated treatment approaches that are based on processes of empowerment that complement a person-centered model of wellness and health. Similarly, stakeholders locally and provincially, have acknowledged the need for employees with an understanding of people who live with concurrent disorders as well as supports, resources, and evidence based approaches.

Program Highlights

  • Understand concurrent disorders and their impact on individuals and families
  • Gain an understanding of treatment modalities utilized in treating concurrent disorders
  • Develop an understanding of substance abuse, mental illness and the use of drugs
  • Complete field placements in a variety of community organizations
  • Discover a blend of online courses, professional workshops and community engagement opportunities through field placements.
Program Contact
Continuing Education Community Services & Support

Domestic and International student admission requirements:

  • Minimum two-year College diploma or University degree
    • Preference given to applicants with a diploma or degree in Human Services
  • Past history working with individuals in a volunteer/field placement activity is strongly recommended
  • Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment

Language Requirements for International Students:

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Community and Urban Studies.

It is recommended that you complete 2 - 3 courses per semester to complete your credential in 2 years.

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Semester 1

Course # Course Name Credit Hours Equivalent
COUN10003 Development of Counselling Skills 4 56 COUN10001
CRED10088 Preparation for Field Placement 1 14 CRED10041 or HMNS10101 or WORK10112
HLTH10152 Fostering Healthy Lifestyles 2 28 HLTH10074
HLTH10153 Pharmacology for Concurrent Disorders 3 42  
HMNS10050 Concurrent Disorders 4 56  
HMNS10094 Concurrent Disorders, Issues & Ethics 3 42  

Semester 2

Course # Course Name Credit Hours Equivalent
COMM10131 Research, Reports and Proposals 1 21  
HMNS10052 CD Treatment Models for Treating Varied Populations 2 35  
HMNS10053 Support Families Livng with Concurrent Disorders 1 14  
HMNS10054 Relapse Prevention & Harm Reduction 1 21  
SAFE10085 Critical Incident & Safety Management 1 21 CONFMHN08 and HMNS10038 or SAFE10048
CRED10081 Concurrent Disorders Field Seminar 1 14 CRED10041
WORK10113 Field Placement Concurrent Disorders 5 200  

*Course delivery is subject to change. Click on the course number to check current availability.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Academic Opportunities

Pathways and Credit Transfer

View our pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices.

Career Opportunities

The Concurrent Disorders Graduate Certificate program can lead to exciting career opportunities!

Concurrent Disorders training can lead to careers involving the following:

Industries of Employment:

  • Community Agencies
  • Day Programs
  • Detoxification Units
  • Residential Treatment
  • Mental Health Services
  • Addiction Services
  • Shelters

Occupational Categories:

  • Social Service Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Addiction Worker

Field Placement

Field Placement Concurrent Disorders (WORK10113) is 200 hours in length, and can be taken only after the following courses:

  • Development of Counselling Skills (COUN10003)
  • Fostering Healthy Lifestyles (HLTH10152)
  • Pharmacology for Concurrent Disorders (HLTH10153)
  • Concurrent Disorders, Issues & Ethics (HMNS10094)
  • Concurrent Disorders (HMNS10050)
  • Prep for Field Placement (CRED10088)
  • Critical Incident & Safety Management (SAFE10085) [Completion of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CONFMHN08) and ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (HMNS10038) is equivalent to SAFE10085.]

You must register in Concurrent Disorders Field Seminar (CRED10081) at the same time as Field Placement (WORK10113).

Requirements for Field Placement:

  • Formal Police Clearance
    Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter field placement.
  • Communicable Disease Screening
    Some placement agencies require that candidates undergo some communicable disease screening such as tuberculosis testing prior to entering field placement.