Health & Community Studies

Mental Health & Wellness


Career Description

Social and community service workers administer and implement a variety of social assistance programs and community services, and assist clients to deal with personal and social problems. They are employed by social service and government agencies, mental health agencies, group homes, shelters, substance abuse centres, school boards, correctional facilities and other establishments.

Program Description

With the Mental Health & Wellness program, you will have the ability to learn and apply Indigenous and Western-based holistic approaches to healing and addictions counselling. The program utilized a lifespan approach that includes youth, adults and older adults. You will examine addiction and recovery models as a process for working with self, programs and communities.

This program is suited for those who wish to work with and assist people, and value the work of healing. With a focus on helping and supporting others, such as a caring attitude, empathetic and a skilled listener. Students in the program are expected to maintain a positive and healthy lifestyle and to show strong professionalism in the field.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines


Admission Requirement 1

Completed one of the following: Grade 12, Adult 12 or, GED


Application Requirement

Must submit two character reference forms that indicate the applicant has refrained from the use of drugs and alcohol for at least one-year prior to the program start date.


Non-Academic Requirement

Students in the program are expected to maintain a positive and healthy lifestyle and be professionally strong in the field.

Delivery Method

Primarily classroom delivery
Significant time for hands-on learning through counselling labs
5-10 hours per week of independent (homework learning) and group learning
Practicum learning is included

Tuition and Fees

Year One
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
$4,692 $1,300 $575 $6,567
Please note: All fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
Year Two
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
$5,916 $1,200 $575 $7,491
Please note: All fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
U-Pass - Saskatoon and Regina Transit Bus Passes

$260 per year

$130 per semester

The U-Pass is a City Transit bus pass for students that allow you to save on transportation costs. The U-Pass fee is a provided at a reduced cost compared to a standard monthly City Transit pass and is mandatory for most SIIT students in Saskatoon and Regina. You may use the U-Pass as many times as you would like during the academic term. Students who meet certain requirements can opt-out of the U-Pass, please contact the Admissions department for more information.
Please note: U-Pass fees are subject to change.


Year One

MHCI 125-Critical Issues with Youth

MHCS 125-Case Management & Assessment

MHDA 115-Dynamics of Addictions & Recovery Models

MHFP 115-Field Placement I

MHFP 125-Field Placement II

MHIC 115-Interpersonal Communications

MHIF 125-Therapeutic Interventions for Families

MHIM 125-Indigenous Models of Healing & Practice

MHIP 125-Introduction to Psychology

MHPP 115-Facilitation & Public Presentations

MHPY 115-A Framework for Practicing Youth Care with Indigenous People

MHTW 115-Technologies in the Workplace

MHWP 115-Work Practice Foundations in Wellness

MHWP 125-Pharmacology

Year Two

MHCD 225-Concurrent Disorders

MHCP 215-Indigenous Care Practices

MHCT 215-Counselling Theories

MHDV 225-Domestic Violence, Abuse & Trauma

MHEB 225-Emotional and Behavioural Issues with Youth

MHEL 215-Ethics & the Legalities

MHFP 215-Field Placement III

MHFP 225-Field Placement IV

MHGL 225-Grief & Loss

MHHD 215-Human Development

MHPM 215-Professional Practices for Mental Health & Wellness

MHRL 225-Recreation, Leisure & Wellness

What to Expect

In this program, students learn Indigenous and Western-based holistic approaches to healing and addictions. The approach taken helps to develop students professionally, emotionally, and mentally, as this helps students enhance their sense of self. The work it takes students to achieve this level of professionalism may be hard for some, however, a sense of community and healing flourishes to allow students to take steps to their chosen field.

Students in this program participate in practicum placements, counselling labs, professional mentoring and coaching to gain experience in the field.

The first year of the program focuses on internal work and growing becoming familiar with your role as a mental health worker and developing professional practice and healing work.

The second year of the program mainly consists of the practice of counselling and utilizing what you have learned and refining your skills.

Graduation Requirements

Students will need to complete all courses with a 60% average to graduate from the program.

Attendance Policy

We recommend that students attend all classes; we do know that life can throw a mean curve-ball or appointments cannot be missed, in this case, please let your instructors know of your absence to make arrangements for missed class time.

If applicable follow your funder’s requirements.

Career Possibilities

Potential areas for which you may find employment in entry level positions include: treatment centres, clinical settings, not-for-profits and schools providing mental wellness, health support and others.

Saskatchewan Wage/hour (NOC 4212)

Low: $16.00

Median: $21.54

High: $34.29

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Did you know?

last year 80-85% of students int he Mental Health and Wellness program got jobs in their field upon completion.

International Students

SIIT is currently not legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian resident to apply.

English Language Benchmark

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to those who are status First Nation but programs are open to anyone.

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Administration Office
Suite 118-335 Packham Avenue
Asimakaniseekan Askiy Reserve
Saskatoon, SK S7N 4S1