Statistics show that 1 in 5 Canadian’s experience a mental illness or addiction problem. In present reality, most of these problems frequently start in the early ages of adolescence. Due to the stigma that surrounds mental illness, people, particularly youth, often do not want to admit that something is wrong. Furthermore, many people don’t realize that what they are experiencing is a mental health issue because mental illness is not often talked about. As a result, this means that many people do not reach out for help but instead, suffer in silence.
Luckily, this social stigma is vastly changing. And, with that change comes a need for mental health professionals to help a growingly visible community. The importance of properly treating issues of mental health and addiction in Canada has been increasing over the last couple of years. For example, new initiatives like Bell Let’s Talk has hit millions of Canadians, donating over $1-million towards mental health programs and growing every year. Becoming someone that helps those with mental health issues is a noble calling, and Canadian College can help you achieve this career with its Addictions & Mental Health Worker Program.
Working with newly recovering patients is challenging. People enter drug rehab suspicion and become more distrustful. The person or patient has to be able to trust you. For many, that’s a giant leap for those struggling with addiction. Up to this point, they’ve hidden their behavior through denial, avoidance, and dishonesty. Your first step is to build a strong alliance with each of your patients.
“Helping is really about spending your time with them and listening” – Jaime (support staff EHN Canada)
A non-judgemental is also a very important approach, as there may be a lot of wreckage to clean up before any type of healing can begin. People with addictions keep secrets, which prevent them from dealing with their issues. This, in turn, can lead to increased stress and anxiety. Once they can gain some sort of trust, they begin to open up, share secrets. That is when all the healing begins. Part of the process when dealing with patients is to help them identify and change unhealthy thoughts and behavioral patterns while developing new coping systems that are more constructive.
Students in the Addictions & Mental Health program at Canadian College (CCHST) will learn the necessary skills to provide support, understand behaviors and provide appropriate treatment. Using theory and firsthand experience, graduates at CCHST gain a full understanding of how mental health and addiction problems affect different populations.
Classes in addictions and mental health programs provide in-depth information and hands-on training. This ensures students not only understand the history and theory of treatment but are also able to effectively react to a variety of different situations with clients. Interview techniques, relapse prevention, and crisis management are common courses in addictions and mental health programs.
Other courses in this program will likely fall into these two areas:
Field experience and work placements are also an important part of the curriculum for this program. Students gain real-world experience while receiving feedback from trained professionals. At the end of your program, you will complete an internship allowing you to apply what you’ve learned. Your internship gives you a step above your competition with the real-world experience you gained as the internship provides students with hands-on experience. And from time to time, your internship can lead to employment.
Do you have what it takes to make a difference in the lives of those who suffer from addiction or mental health? For more information about how to get started in a rewarding career, contact us! Visit Canadian College to learn how you can get started!