Addiction and Mental Health

The Addiction and Mental Health certificate is an online program with a primary focus on advancing practice in addiction and mental health, particularly those requiring addiction and mental health services.

Value is placed on the public/person perspectives as integral to advancing addiction and mental health practice and policy guided by collaboration in listening, planning, and enacting change that is helpful and empowering for clients and their identified supports.

The four courses are designed for working professionals, drawing on an advanced theoretical, experiential, and research base to enable graduates to integrate and demonstrate advanced practice and collaborative leadership.

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Residency Dates

UCalgary Nursing offers all Graduate Certificate courses online.

Residency dates will continue as scheduled in a virtual format until further notice.



Required Courses

NURS 612 - Fall 2021

Understanding Comorbidity: Advanced Assessment, Screening, and Practice Implications

Selected theories and models of addiction and mental health relevant to advancing specialized practice and including advanced assessment, screening and implications for practice innovation and leadership.


NURS 614 - Winter 2022

Therapeutic Practices: Counseling, Treatment Planning, and Sustained Recovery

Selected therapeutic practices in addiction and mental health including but not limited to therapeutic relationships, therapeutic use of self, counseling (individual, group, family), motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management and trauma informed care.


NURS 616 - Spring 2022

Specialized Practice Integration

Specialized practice seminar focused on integration of advanced knowledge, practice and ethics; active engagement in critical debriefing of complex case scenarios augmented with virtual simulation; and development of a practice demonstration proposal.


NURS 618 - Summer 2022

Specialized Practice Demonstration

Implementation and evaluation of a proposed practice demonstration with a final report and recommendations.


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