Mental Health & Addictions

Format: Synchronous and Virtual over Zoom Video Conference Platform (see minimum technical requirements)

The purpose of ADLER's certificate programs in Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) is to provide practitioners, both beginning and experienced, with a range of integrated learning opportunities reflective of the current state of knowledge and practice in the field of mental health & addictions on which they can build and renew their skills. 

ADLER offers the following certificate in Mental Health & Addictions:

  • MHA-681 Addictive Behaviours and Co-occurring Disorders (36 hours)

Cost: $895 (HST included)

Sept 18, Oct 2, Oct 16, Oct 30, Nov 13, Nov 27, 2020

Course Dates & To Register

MHA-681 Addictive Behaviours and Co-occurring Disorders (36 hours)

Prerequisite: none 

This course addresses key issues in addictions and mental health using a holistic approach. This
comprehensive perspective includes the determinants of health and what we know about the biological,
psycho-social, and cultural factors. Evidence-informed clinical methods and tools will be introduced and
practiced to identify, assess and provide treatment. The course is taught by a team of experienced
practitioners and researchers and is open to community participants as well as students in Adler’s Master’s
in Psychology program. Students are required to participate in lectures, labs, and the dialogue group. A
written case analysis using models introduced in the course will be required of each MPsy student.
Community members complete the same requirements to receive their Certificate at the end of six full days
of classes (currently offered on alternating Fridays – with some exceptions given holidays, etc.)

Module Topics:

Day 1.  Understanding Addictive Behaviours and Co-Occurring Disorders: A BPS+ Approach.

Day 2.  Screening and Brief Intervention

Day 3:  Assessment and Treatment Planning

Day 4:  Treatment Models for ABCD (Moderate and Severe Cases)

Day 5:  Promoting Health and Wellbeing, Reducing Risk and Harm

Day 6:  Embracing Complexity: An Integrative Approach to Change and Recovery

Students in the process of completing the previous Mental Health & Addictions program, or the previous Adult Mental Health and Child, Youth & Family Mental Health programs may transfer into this program. Please contact our registrar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.