Concurrent Disorders - 252

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
One year or less
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
Identify, assess and support individuals with addiction, mental health and concurrent disorders who present with complex issues.


Co-occurring substance use and mental health problems are challenging for individuals and families. 
Currently, best practice suggests that screening for concurrent disorders is a priority for anyone presenting with addiction or mental health concerns. This is the focus for human service organizations, not the exception.

Most promising practices in social and health service agencies include integrated treatment approaches based on a person-centred model of wellness and health. Stakeholders, locally and provincially acknowledge the need for employees with an understanding of people who live with concurrent disorders.

Program Highlights

  • Building on your previous academic work, you will incorporate specialized knowledge and skills to provide support to individuals with concurrent mental health and substance use issues.

What you'll learn

  • Develop an understanding of substance use issues and mental illness.
  • Understand concurrent disorders and their impact on individuals and families.
  • Gain an understanding of treatment planning and case management for concurrent disorders.
  • Engage in simulation exercises that build self awareness and communication skills
  • Practice intervention strategies for clients and families.
  • Develop knowledge of the social determinants of mental health
  • Work directly with community organizations through field placement opportunities.
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training (NVCI)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Program Length

1 academic year (period of 8 months)

  • Fall semester, in class for 4 months
  • Winter semester, in class for 2 months, followed by field placement in-person and unpaid for 2 months

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Please note: in-person, virtual, and hybrid classes vary according to the program and some programs may be in-person only. Refer to the Program Overview for more information.



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

Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition and Fees

2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$814.66$758.46
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Compulsory Program Fees$0.00$113.00
Domestic Tuition$2,278.96$2,278.96
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$3,093.62$3,150.42
Total 1st Year Fees$6,244.04

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fees$8,795.00$8,795.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Program Compulsory Fees$0.00$113.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester$9,245.00$9,283.00
Total 1st Year Fees$18,528.00

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Additional Information

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

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Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Note: HLTH 10152 Fostering Healthy Lifestyles will be delivered as follows:
Lecture 2 hours: First 7 weeks of program
Lab 2 hours: Second 7 weeks of program

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Completing field placements in a variety of community organizations.
  • Explore academic content through field trips and site visits.
  • Experience interactive simulations to further develop course concepts.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

Field Placements

  • Students will complete field placements in a variety of community organizations throughout Ontario. 
  • Field placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending field placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to clinical placements within or outside the Hamilton region
  • 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
  • Students may be required to complete various Immunizations and Disease Screening protocols required by some field placement agencies
  • Students are expected to be available to complete approximately 30 hours per week of field placement in March and April

Become an Agency

If you would like to become an Agency that takes students on placement from Mohawk College's Social Services & Justice Studies programs, please visit the Community Services Field Placements page.

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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.

Career Opportunities

Your future career options

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

Where you could work includes:

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

Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.


Pathways beyond Mohawk

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Additional Information

Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment.

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Portrait of Laura Grayhurst

I really enjoyed my experience in the Concurrent Disorders program. I found Susan Kalles’ course, “Fostering Healthy Lifestyles” the most beneficial as it was very hands-on and much of our theory work was learned out in the Hamilton community. I thought this approach was unique and provided me with lessons I would not have otherwise experienced.

Laura Grayhurst - 2017 Graduate

Portrait of Michael Marshall

The Concurrent Disorders program prepared me for my career as it gave me a strong foundation in clinical skills, resourcefulness and creative thinking. My instructors were great and provided me with real-life examples that were correlated directly with the material we were learning. Assignments in the program were of real-life scenarios for treatment planning, documentation, ethical situations and methods of harm reduction that we would encounter in our future careers. Due to this approach in the program I had better insight when I entered the field. I now work at the Good Shepherd in Hamilton and often rely on skills, training and knowledge that I learned in the program.

Michael Marshall - 2012 Graduate