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Updated: 2024-04-24 10:35:47

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 Information

Start Date

September 03, 2024

Domestic Availability

Internal Application Required
Learn how

International Availability

Closed

Program Code

DMD

Delivery

Hybrid, Placement

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Program Contact

Lisa Fenn

Program Coordinator

International Tuition

$8995.56 per semester*

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Canadian Students

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January 06, 2025

Domestic Availability

Internal Application Required
Learn how

International Availability

Closed

Program Code

DMD

Delivery

Hybrid, Placement

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Program Contact

Lisa Fenn

Program Coordinator

International Tuition

$7726.5 per semester*

Apply Now

Canadian Students

View Curriculum

September 02, 2025

Domestic Availability

Internal Application Required
Learn how

International Availability

Closed

Program Code

DMD

Delivery

Hybrid, Placement

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Program Contact

Lisa Fenn

Program Coordinator

International Tuition

$7726.5 per semester*

*Domestic tuition amounts shown are from the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change.

*International tuition amounts shown are from the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change.

Apply Now

Canadian Students

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January 05, 2026

Domestic Availability

Internal Application Required
Learn how

International Availability

Closed

Program Code

DMD

Delivery

Hybrid, Placement

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Program Contact

Lisa Fenn

Program Coordinator

International Tuition

$7726.5 per semester*

*Domestic tuition amounts shown are from the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change.

*International tuition amounts shown are from the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change.

Apply Now

Canadian Students

View Curriculum

Application Process

Students interested in the Mental Health and Addictions Worker / Social Service Worker Dual Diploma program are required to enter via the Mental Health and Addictions Worker program. During the first semester, students can apply, through an internal application process, to be considered for entry to the dual diploma stream

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

To enter the Dual Diploma program stream, student must apply internally in Semester 1.

The Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD) is an option available to students in this program. To qualify for an IPD, you must take and successfully complete a series of required Indigenous Studies courses as well as participate in a minimum of four approved co-curricular Indigenous events or experiences. Your transcript will indicate the IPD upon graduation, a designation that provides you with a comprehensive understanding of Indigenous cultures, histories, traditions, and contributions to our shared society within the context of your program of study. The IPD provides a valuable skill set sought after in today's employment sector.

  • Apply an anti-oppressive framework when providing respectful, equitable, and effective services to individuals, families, groups, and communities related to substance use, behavioural addictions, and mental health concerns.
  • Apply recovery-oriented practices, with consideration of bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual factors that contribute to, or protect against, substance use, behavioural addictions, and mental health concerns.
  • Create an integrated treatment plan for individuals experiencing concurrent disorders based on screening and assessment finding; providing activities and resources that reflect the client's strengths, needs, and goals.
  • Use collaborative care planning and advocacy skills at micro, macro, and mezzo levels to work collaboratively between service providers and the broader sector for effective system navigation
  • Select, administer, and interpret the results of evidence-informed tools and methods that inform the care and treatment plan for clients with substance use, behavioural addictions, and mental health concerns.
  • Design and implement outreach and prevention programming and/or services for individuals, families, social supports, groups, and communities impacted by substance use, behavioural addictions, and mental health concerns.
  • Use community development and health promotion practices to strengthen community capacity and support collective action related to substance use, behavioural addictions, and mental health concerns.
  • Use a variety of evidence-informed counselling approaches, modalities, intervention techniques, and relevant methodologies to develop collaborative treatment plans aimed at improving overall well-being of people experiencing substance use, behavioural addictions, and mental health concerns.
  • Integrate group work and group facilitation skills across a wide range of community service settings, supporting growth and development of individuals, families, and communities affected by substance use, behavioural addictions, and mental health concerns.
  • Apply knowledge of psychoactive substances, including psychotherapeutic medication, to understand their effects and side effects in the treatment of individuals with mental health, substance use, and concurrent disorders.
  • Conduct interventions in a manner that emphasizes safety and self-determination for individuals and families impacted by trauma
  • Conduct oneself in a professional and ethical manner when practicing as a Mental Health and addiction worker to safeguard both self and others.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to competent practice through continuous professional development and application of self-care practices.

PC / Windows

  • Operating System:
    Windows 10
  • Processor:
    Core i5 - 1.6Ghz minimum
  • Memory:
    8GB minimum
  • Hard Disk:
    160GB minimum

Apple / MacOS

  • Operating System:
    MacOS 10.12 or newer
  • Processor:
    Core i5 6th Gen or better
  • Memory:
    8GB minimum
  • Hard Disk:
    160GB minimum

Internet Connection: 2.5 Mbps Download and 3.0 Mbps Upload (minimum)

Students are required to have their own computer, internet access, webcam and microphone.

Transfer Agreements

You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized here.

Bachelor of Social Work
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA). Admission into the generalist years (1st and 2nd year) of the Bachelor of Social Work program. Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work program's first or second year does not guarantee acceptance into the professional years.
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Nipissing University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Commerce
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
  • Completion of the Ontario Tech Commerce Bridge.
Transfer Credit
  • 45 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 4th semester standing in an 8-semester program.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information

Visit the Seneca College website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Arts in Policing and Community Well-being
Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 5 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Trent University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Social Work
Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative program average.
  • Admission into the generalist years (1st and 2nd year) of the Bachelor of Social Work program.
  • Admission into the professional years (3rd and 4th year) of the Bachelor of Social Work program includes an additional application process, and admission is very competitive. Please refer to Trent University's School of Social Work for further details.
Transfer Credit
  • 5 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Trent University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Social Work (SSW & MHAW Dual Diploma Option)
Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative program average in both the Mental Health and Addiction Worker program AND the Social Services Worker program.
  • Admission into the generalist years (1st and 2nd year) of the Bachelor of Social Work program.
  • Admission into the professional years (3rd and 4th year) of the Bachelor of Social Work program includes an additional application process, and admission is competitive. Please refer to Trent University's School of Social Work for further details.
Transfer Credit
  • 8 out of a 20 credit degree.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Trent University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Program Code: DSW

Ontario College Diploma

Sutherland Campus

September 2024, January 2025, September 2025, January 2026

Program Code: DA

Ontario College Diploma

Sutherland Campus

September 2024, January 2025, May 2025, September 2025, January 2026, May 2026

Program Code: SW

Ontario College Diploma

Sutherland Campus

September 2024, January 2025, May 2025, September 2025, January 2026, May 2026

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