Community Mental Health and Addictions Certificate

Deepen your understanding of mental health conditions, symptoms, treatment, and stigma. Learn practical knowledge and skills to support those struggling with mental illness or addiction.

Community Mental Health and Addictions Certificate Overview

Each year, a growing number of people are diagnosed with mental health issues in Canada and across the globe.
Professionals in community-facing roles (such as healthcare, law enforcement, human resources and education) must develop new skills to effectively support and serve this rapidly expanding population. This is the purpose and goal of the Community Mental Health and Addictions certificate.

This training combines cutting-edge research, application to real-life situations, and self-reflection to help you learn:

  • Common mental health issues among adolescents, including warning signs, interventions, and mental health first aid
  • How to identify cultural and personal biases toward mental health and how those attitudes impact your interactions with people in need of support
  • The features and impact of co-occurring disorders (such as a mental illness combined with addiction)
  • Leading theories on the causes and treatment of mood disorders and depression
  • Practical tools and standard practices for diagnosing psychotic and dissociative disorders

Benefits of Online Mental Health and Addiction Training at Kompass

The Community Mental Health and Addictions certificate is delivered online for maximum flexibility without sacrificing on quality, engagement, or instructor support.

Here’s how it works:

  • Study online and fit coursework around your schedule
  • Learn from experienced and certified mental health care professionals
  • Exchange ideas with your peers through online discussions
  • Get personalized support and coaching
  • Learn practical mental health skills you can apply immediately in your own work

Meet our Instructor and learn more about what to expect in class, and how everyone can benefit from this kind of training.

Careers in Mental Health and Addictions

Mental health and addictions professionals work in many different settings, including hospitals, schools, shelters, correctional facilities, group homes, and community outreach organizations.
Common job titles in this field include:

  • Community Mental Health Worker
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Crisis Support Worker
  • Mental Health Clinician

Course Format and Schedule

Instructor Supported courses come with the support of a dedicated Instructor but do not follow a set class schedule. Students work at their own pace to complete the course within a set time period. The Instructor may offer pre-recorded lectures that are available for students to review or monthly check-in sessions that students can participate in via phone or video.

The Instructor Supported format offers students continued support from a dedicated Instructor with the flexibility to complete the certificate over a longer period of time.

The Youth Addictions and Mental Health training course will assist in further understanding of adolescent development and mental health, school violence, depression, family dynamics, self-esteem, and access to care and how these issues may influence the youth’s performance in school and in life. Special emphasis will be placed on raising awareness of signs that students may be in need of support or even a mental health intervention. In this course, fundamentals of mental health first aid will also be discussed.

The Mental Health, Culture and Modern Society training course will seek to explore culture and mental health. The course will assist in identifying one’s own bias and examine how those biases may impact interaction with those who have mental health issues. During the course students will explore ways to integrate their theoretical knowledge of bias and cultural difference into clinical practice. During this course, students will also come to understand the present day health issues of aboriginal peoples from the perspective of their historical and political context and the effects of health care policy.

Concurrent disorders is a term used to refer to co-occurring addiction and mental health problems. It covers a wide array of combinations of problems. This course will assist in understanding how co-occurring substance use and mental health problems relate to and affect each other. The Concurrent, Personality and Impulse Control Disorders training course will also explore the impacts of personality disorders and impulse control disorders by providing a deep understanding of the latest research and how these disorders can be classified and managed.

Mood Disorders involve disabling disturbances in emotion. From the sadness of depression to the elation of mania. Mood disorders are often associated with other psychological problems, such as panic attacks, substance abuse, and personality disorders. The purpose of the Mood Disorders and Depression training course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of the state of research and controversies in the area of depression by examining primary empirical and review articles from leading researchers in psychology and psychiatry. The course will focus on cognitive, social, and biological theories of etiology and treatment.

The Psychotic and Dissociative Disorders training course is designed to introduce students to the current standard used in diagnosing mental disorders, DSM-IV-TR. Students will learn the components of the mental status examination and clinical inquiry necessary to collect sufficient data to utilize the DSMIV-TR effectively. Mindful of the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of each person, students will be challenged to approach the evaluation of individuals with mental and emotional disorders in a holistic fashion. The course will address differential diagnosis and associated disorders of the primary diagnoses in the multi-axial system with a focus on psychosis and disassociation. We will examine thought disorders, i.e. schizophrenia and the dissociative disorders i.e. Dissociative Identity disorder, formerly called multiple personality Disorder. Dissociative Fugue and Amnesia will also be explored.


Meet our industry-expert Instructors. 


Weekly (Mondays)
3-6 months
Online (Instructor Supported)
Post-secondary education (degree or diploma) OR experience in a related field

Scholarship Offer

Register for a certificate and receive a $500 discount on tuition!

Ready to start?

Courses begin every Monday!

Who Should Take the Course?

The Community Mental Health and Addictions certificate is designed for professionals working in front-line, community-serving roles. Anyone who regularly interacts with people suffering from mental health issues will benefit from this training:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Social workers
  • Educators
  • Law enforcement
  • HR professionals


  • Post-secondary university degree or college diploma; OR
  • Relevant professional experience

If you do not meet our entrance requirements for this program you may be interested in the Community Support Worker online diploma program


**Register for a certificate and receive a $500 scholarship towards tuition!**

The chart below outlines the cost of the classes if you choose to take them individually. Once you register for 3 more classes within a certificate you will be charged the non-refundable $200 registration fee. Individual classes must be paid in full at time of registration.

To register  for a certificate we charge a $200 non-refundable registration fee. We offer payment plans for the remaining tuition (Total due is $1,995 after the $500 scholarship discount) in 3 equal payments of $665 that are charged week 1, week 5 and week 9 of your course.

We also offer an extended payment plan over 6 months for monthly payments of $333 over 6 months. Please note your course must be paid in full prior to completion.

**Group and employer discounts and custom corporate training options are available for 3 or more students**


All reading materials are provided for this course.

Individual Cost
Youth Addictions and Mental Health (2-4 Weeks)
Mental Health, Culture and Modern Society (3-6 Weeks)
Concurrent, Personality and Impulse Control Disorders (3-6 Weeks)
Mood Disorders and Depression (2-4 Weeks)
Psychotic and Dissociative Disorders (2-4 Weeks)