Mental Health and Addiction Worker - Social Service Worker Dual Diploma

Start in the Mental Health and Addiction Worker diploma program and earn a Social Service Worker diploma in six consecutive semesters, creating greater career opportunities and adding complimentary skills and knowledge.

Program highlights

This dual-diploma pathway is only available to students who start their program in the fall or the winter. After a common first semester, students in the Mental Health and Addiction Worker program and Social Service Worker program can declare their intention to complete both programs.

By choosing this Dual Diploma pathway as a Mental Health and Addiction Worker student, you will gain complementary competencies in the field of Social Service to work in a broader context with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities to respond to social issues, injustices and inequalities through counselling, community services and social support programs. This program is infused with practical learning experiences and prepares graduates to work in a range of residential and community settings with other professionals such as child and youth workers, teachers, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and doctors. The curriculum will also build knowledge and skills in traditional healing practices and understanding of intergenerational trauma impact of colonization and assimilation policies.

As Social Service Worker is a regulated profession in Ontario, graduates of this dual diploma pathway will have the necessary skills for employment as a Social Service Worker in Ontario and will be eligible for membership through the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services. Please see the OCSWSSW website for more information about the profession and eligibility for membership.

Field Placement

Students who start in the Mental Health and Addiction Worker program will complete their Social Service Worker field placement in the fifth semester and their Mental Health and Addiction Worker field placement in the sixth and final semester, consolidating the practical and theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom during their program. You will be expected to complete one field placement with an emphasis upon social service practice and one that focuses on mental health and addiction.

30 hours of volunteer service within an agency are required prior to entry into the fifth semester for the Social Service Worker (SW) placement and you must have successfully completed all courses prior to entry into fifth semester.

Specific agencies may have requirements such as proof of a current Emergency First Aid certification, CPR certification (Level C), a university degree, or additional immunizations. Note that some agencies may require in-service training that you must take prior to placement.

Why Choose Fleming

Fleming College is one of the few colleges in Canada to offer a dual diploma pathway in Mental Health and Addiction Work and Social Service Work. A strong benefit of this program lies in the opportunity to engage in small class learning, which can offer greater experiential learning and a more individually focused educational experience. In addition, both programs are well-known within the Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, and Haliburton counties and have established strong relationships with agencies in these specific locations. With a dual diploma, you will graduate with a broader skill set and have wider career choices.

Indigenous Perspectives Designation

The Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD) is an option available to Dual Diploma pathway students and to students in the Social Service Worker and Mental Health and Addiction Worker programs. To qualify for the IPD, you must take and successfully complete GNED49 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies and GNED128 - Indigenous Knowledges, along with a minimum of four approved co-curricular Indigenous events or experiences that will be incorporated into the final portfolio assignment in GNED128. Your transcript will indicate the IPD designation. Upon graduation, students with an IPD will have a strong foundational basis in Indigenous Studies, and a designation that will be marketable in the employment sector.

Career Opportunities

When you choose the Dual Diploma pathway, you are creating opportunities to advance your profession and expand your prospects.

There is a high demand for mental health and addiction professionals. Roles include case manager, mental health clinician, addiction counsellor, or relief staff in residential facilities or community withdrawal management services, health promotion and outreach services.  In addition, as a practicing Social Service Worker in Ontario, you will support people to recognize, develop and sustain their strengths to achieve good quality of life while they manage and challenge a broad range of personal and environmental barriers at the personal, cultural, and system levels.

This Dual Diploma Pathway is available to students in the Social Service Worker program and the Mental Health and Addiction Worker program.

Interested in other helping professions? The School of Community Development also offers the Child and Youth Care program, and Developmental Services Worker program.

Additional Costs

You should plan to spend approximately $700 per year for books and supplies.

Health And Non Academic Requirements

Immunization Requirements

Your program has mandatory immunization requirements that include a "pre-entry" deadline date for submission. For more information, and to print a copy of the immunization form, please download the Immunization Information document

Non Academic Requirements

Your program has mandatory requirements which may include a criminal reference check, first aid, CPR-C, etc. For more information, please see the Non Academic Requirements page.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Dual Diploma pathway of Social Service Worker/Mental Health And Addiction Worker must successfully complete the first semester of either the Social Service Worker program or the Mental Health and Addiction Worker program.

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