Concurrent Disorders - 252
Learn to assess, treat and work with individuals and families battling addiction and mental health issues who present complex diagnosis and treatment challenges.
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.
To review admission requirements for this program, and to apply, please view the Admission & Registrations tab.
- 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.
OSAP Eligible. Learn about the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
Admission & Registration
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:
Program of Studies
The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current 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 Services and Support.
Note: It is recommended that you complete 2 - 3 courses per semester to complete your credential in 2 years.
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Click on the course number below to check current availability and for registration information.
|Course #||Course Name||Course Description|
|COUN10003||Development of Counselling Skills||Utilize assessment skills and counselling techniques with a variety of approaches that are client centered. 56 hours.|
|CRED10088||Preparation for Field Placement||Prepare for field placement. Prepare for an agency interview. Establish expectations for the demonstration of employability skills and ethical practice in an upcoming field placement. 14 hours.|
|HLTH10152||Fostering Healthy Lifestyles||
Appraise appropriate wellness education and engagement strategies in the development and promotion of healthy lifestyles with a focus on individuals who live with concurrent disorders. 28 hours.
|HLTH10153||Pharmacology for Concurrent Disorders||Examine psycho-active substances and the psychological, physiological, and social effects of these substances. Discuss drug interactions and concurrent disorders, including DSM-5 mental disorders. Synthesize drug related information to be able to support and advocate for individuals with concurrent disorders. 42 hours.|
|HMNS10050||Concurrent Disorders||Analyze the prevalence of concurrent disorders and how various perspectives have historically shaped the system that supports and treats individuals with concurrent disorders. Reflect on personal values as well as intervention approaches in regards to individuals with concurrent disorders (abstinence-based versus harm reduction, medical, psychosocial rehabilitation models and recovery approach). Examine evidence-based treatment models used by professionals including group interventions. 56 hours.|
|HMNS10094||Concurrent Disorders, Issues & Ethics||
Explore the impact of prejudice and discrimination on people with mental health and substance use problems, as well as the issues and ethics involved when working with people experiencing concurrent disorders. 42 hours.
|COMM10131||Research, Reports and Proposals||Formulate a health promotion proposal utilizing evidence based research as it relates to people who live with concurrent disorders. 21 hours.|
|HMNS10052||CD Treatment Models for Treating Varied Populations||
Examine the needs of varied populations who experience concurrent disorders as they relate to a range of treatment approaches. Utilize evidence based industry specific tools in screening, assessment and treatment planning. 35 hours.
|HMNS10053||Support Families Living with Concurrent Disorders||Understand the impact on caregivers who support a family member with a concurrent disorder. Apply best-practice strategies to educate and support families in their understanding of their role in the recovery process. 14 hours.|
|HMNS10054||Relapse Prevention & Harm Reduction||Analyze harm reduction and relapse prevention models as they apply to supporting people who live with concurrent disorders. 21 hours.|
|SAFE10085||Critical Incident & Safety Management||Practice the use of safety and critical incident management skills based on Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Applied Suicide Intervention and Skills Training. 21 hours. Completion of CONFMHN08 and HMNS10038 is equivalent to SAFE10085.|
|CRED10081||Concurrent Disorders Field Seminar||Participate in a series of seminars to connect field placement practice with theory/best practices. 14 hours. You MUST register for CRED10081 and WORK10113.|
|WORK10113||Field Placement Concurrent Disorders||
Application of theoretical and skill knowledge to field practicum. You MUST register for CRED10081 and WORK10113. 200 hours.
The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path.
|Course Code||Course Name||Fall
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
|COUN10003||Development of Counselling Skills||
|CRED10088||Preparation for Field Placement||
|HLTH10152||Fostering Healthy Lifestyles||MyCanvas|
|HLTH10153||Pharmacology for Concurrent Disorders||MyCanvas|
|HMNS10094||Concurrent Disorders, Issues & Ethics||MyCanvas|
|COMM10131||Research, Reports and Proposals||MyCanvas|
|HMNS10052||CD Treatment Models for Treating Varied Populations||MyCanvas|
|HMNS10053||Support Families Living with Concurrent Disorders||MyCanvas|
|HMNS10054||Relapse Prevention & Harm Reduction||MyCanvas|
|SAFE10085||Critical Incident & Safety Management||MyCanvas||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|CRED10081||Concurrent Disorders Field Seminar||MyCanvas||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|WORK10113||Field Placement Concurrent Disorders||FieldWork||FieldWork||FieldWork|
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Field Placement / Clinical
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.
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Pathways and Credit Transfer
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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
- Social Service Worker
- Case Manager
- Mental Health Worker
- Community Worker
- Addiction Worker
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank.