Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions Advanced Certificate

Program Description

NLC's Advanced Certificate in Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions is designed to provide diploma and degree holders with specialized education in the field of collaborative mental health and addictions services provided by the Northern Health Authority. Using health promotion and psychosocial rehabilitation as foundations for practice, students will engage in assessment, planning, and interventions that support complex needs. A holistic, trauma-informed, harm-reduction, and strength-based approach is emphasized throughout, with sensitivity to cultural contexts.

As reflective practitioners, graduates will be prepared to apply effective leadership, advocacy, and critical thinking skills to their work with individuals, families, and groups.  A cumulative practicum ensures preparation for integrated practice within the health care system.

Career Prospects

Professional development and career advancement in the field of interprofessional mental health and addictions.


Location: Online: courses are primarily completed through asynchronous online study with some synchronous web-conferencing. Delivery optimizes flexibility for learners with employment and family obligations.

Length: 545 hours: approximately 28 weeks or 7 months of full-time study; part-time study over a longer period of time is also an option. 

Start: Continuous intake September through February.  Intakes for this program begin in September 2022. 

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

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Admission Prerequisites

1a. Baccalaureate degree or diploma in child and youth care, education, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, or social work.
1b. Alternative credentials and/or experience in human and health services may be considered.
2.  Previous post-secondary education must include successful completion of a baccalaureate-level academic writing course (e.g., NLC's English 100: Academic Writing or an equivalent).

Note on Post-Admission Requirement: NLC must receive Criminal Record Check Schedule B clearance for working with children and vulnerable adults by the first day of classes. Where viable, use of the Sharing Form is encouraged.

Important Notes

  1. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans (revised Jul 14, 2021).
  2. Partners: Northern Health; Camosun College.
  3. A computer with current software, webcam, and high-speed internet access.
  4. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.

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Program Chair: Lana Sprinkle
Dean: Steve Roe