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Certificate in
Mental Health and Addictions

This certificate program provides a comprehensive curriculum in mental health and addictions to individuals requiring knowledge in dealing with employees, clients, family members, and friends through their places of employment, volunteer activities, or personal situations. Building on a foundation of psychological concepts, the curriculum comprising degree-level courses acquaints students with the various perspectives describing and understanding mental health, mental health disorders and addictions, and interventions, including assessment, treatment, and self-help strategies within individual, group, family, and community contexts.

Academic Coordinator: Brian Rabinowicz, brabinow@ryerson.ca

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or three years of experience in business, community service, or industry.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of 10 course credits, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CPSY 102   Psychology:  Introduction to Psychology I
CPSY 202   Psychology:  Introduction to Psychology II
CPSY 215   Psychology:  Psychology of Addictions
CPSY 325   Psychology:  Psychological Disorders


Electives (select a total of six courses)

Electives – Group A (select two or three)

Students may only select one of CPSY 214 or CPSY 607.

CPSY 214   Psychology:  Psychopharmacology
CPSY 324   Psychology:  Biological Psychology
CPSY 335   Psychology:  Clinical Psychology
CPSY 607   Psychology:  Drugs and Human Behaviour


Electives – Group B (select three or four)

COPS 250   Psychology:  Independent Study
CPSY 300   Psychology:  Psychology and Law
CPSY 302   Psychology:  Child Development
CPSY 412   Psychology:  Human Brain Circuitry
CPSY 602   Psychology:  Developmental Psychopathology
CPSY 605   Psychology:  Psychology of Health and Health Care
CPSY 620   Psychology:  Psychology of Immigration
CPSY 621   Psychology:  Psychology of Human Sexuality
CPSY 802   Psychology:  Death, Dying and Bereavement
CPSY 805   Psychology:  Adjustment, Stress and Coping
CPSY 806   Psychology:  Behaviour Modification
CPSY 808   Psychology:  Community Psychology


Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CPSY 300   Psychology:  Psychology and Law
CPSY 325   Psychology:  Psychological Disorders
CPSY 607   Psychology:  Drugs and Human Behaviour