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Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions

Enrolling Now For May 2016

Dalhousie University is offering a new fully-online graduate level certificate for nurses, pharmacists, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists and others working in mental health and addictions services in Atlantic Canada. The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions is evidence-based, interprofessional and reflective of diverse populations, with an emphasis on applied learning. Dalhousie's academic leaders and researchers have developed the course content in close collaboration with community-based mental health and addictions agencies and professionals.


The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions consists of four courses which are current and person-centred:

  • Mental Health and Addictions Services and Systems
  • Mental Health, Substance Use and Addiction across Health Practices
  • Concurrent Disorders and Complex Case Work
  • Prevention, Early Intervention and Population-Focussed Health Promotion

Course content addresses knowledge and skill gaps identified by a wide range of stakeholders, including front-line staff and senior leadership with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the provincial government. Graduates will gain new skills, confidence and knowledge of best practices. Graduates will also be better prepared to improve policies, practices and programs in mental health and addictions.

Online Learning

Dalhousie University's online courses are designed for busy professionals: study from home, on your own schedule, without having to travel or take time away from your career. Applications are being accepted now for the Graduate Certificate's foundational course: Mental Health and Addictions Services and Systems.