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 current and salient issues in addictions and mental health from a holistic perspective. It provides a balanced viewpoint which includes all the determinants of health and what we now know about the biology, neuroscience and pharmacological interventions in treating these disorders as well as screening and assessment tools currently in use in most practices in Ontario. 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. MPsy students are required to complete two assignments that will be graded. Community members complete a quiz in order 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 Disorders: substance use and other behaviours with addictive potential. 

Day 2.  A bio-psycho-social approach.

Day 3:  Screening and Assessment Approaches 

Day 4:  A Bio-Psycho-Social Approach to Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders (including Behavioural Addictions).

Day 5:  Focus on prescription, over the counter (OTC) and illicit drugs

Day 6:  Embracing Complexity: Co-Occurring Disorders, Relapse Prevention, Harm Reduction, Treatment Approaches and Models, 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.