Mental Health and Addictions Certificate program graduation

On Friday June 17th eleven students  graduated from the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Mental Health and Addictions Certificate Program. The program was delivered in partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Northlands College and the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA).

All students were full time Mental  Health and Addictions workers who were employed by First  Nations communities in northern Saskatchewan.

The 26 course (726 hour) on-line program was developed by Saskatchewan Polytechnic and delivered in a blended format.  This means the students studied all of the academic portion on line and then attended 20 weeks of in intensive class skills development session over a four year period.

The Mental Health and Addictions Certificate  program is the first of its kind in the world as it not only integrated mental health and addictions knowledge and skills into the  content but also integrated indigenous  peoples’ philosophy and traditions into a full on-line delivery of the academic portion of the program.

The students not only graduated with a certificate in Mental Health and Addictions but also received their Canadian Certified Addictions  Counsellor (CCAC) designation as well. All courses were developed by a CACCF certified addictions professional and were delivered by CACCF certified professionals.

The graduation ceremony took place at the Travelodge Hotel in Prince Albert which included a  First Nations Honour Ceremony and Pipe Ceremony.

Congratulations to students : Larry Beatty, Kennetch Charlette, Lorene Clarke, Cindy Ghostkeeper, Marlene Hansen,  Bernadette Hillier, Gladys ( Laura)  Linklater, Angela Merasty, Cecile Merasty, Alton Michel and Doris Sylvestre.

Submitted by:  Barbara Robinson B.Ed, B.Msc.  ICADC; CCAC Program Head and Instructor, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Prince Albert Campus, Prince Albert,  Saskatchewan

Picture: taken by Raymond A. Fiddler, submitted by Bernie Hiller

Back Row:  Program Counsellor  Jacklin Andrews, Grads: Lorene Clarke, Laura Linklater, Marlene Hanse, Cecile Merasty, Angie Merasty, Cindy Ghostkeeper, Bernie Hillier, Doris Sylvestre,  NITHA  Linda Nosebush,  Northland College Ordean Goulet

Front Row: Graduate Kennetch Charlette, Program Head and Instructor  Barbara Robinson, graduates Alton Michel and Larry Beatty.