Available Intakes

Every 6 weeks, year round

Program Duration:

8 months Diploma
Full time or part time study
options available

Tuition Price:

$ 9570

Learning Format:

Online or In-Person (Downtown Brandon)


6 weeks/120 hours
Facilitated by the Institute
based on student interest

What will this certificate do for me?

Graduates of the MWHR Worker program will be well-prepared to apply for a variety of support roles in the social services field including mental health proctor, residential support worker, support worker, shelter support worker, and more.

Admission Requirements

  • Manitoba grade 12 or equivalent
  • Current criminal record check
  • Current child abuse registry check
  • Current adult abuse registry check
  • Mature students accepted

Technology Requirement

Students in the online version will require access to computer devices at home. Students in the in-person offering may also be required to bring these devices to the learning centre.


There are many options available to students to assist with education related expenses including both textbooks and tuition. Please contact us to find out more about funding options and costs of the program.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from this certificate program, students must successfully complete all 12 academic courses and the 6-week practicum placement.


  • The Basics of Helping Relationships
  • The Basics of Mental Health Challenges
  • The Basics of Substance Use Disorder
  • Introduction to Indigenous Health
  • Introduction to Social Determinants of Health
  • Fundamentals of Case Management
  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
  • Basic Pharmacology in Mental Health
  • Mental Health Through the Lifespan
  • Introduction to Harm Reduction
  • Introduction to Crisis Intervention
  • Canadian Health Care Systems and Policies
  • 6-Week Practicum

About a Career as a Mental Wellness & Harm Reduction Worker

Now more than ever, Manitobans are experiencing a mental health and addictions pandemic and rely on passionate, skilled people to help those accessing services

Not only are mental health and related services a reliable field to find employment opportunities, serving others is fulfilling. More often than not, when people look back on times in their lives when they have experienced a mental health concern, they report that the thing that helped them the most are people who had a non-judgemental, accepting attitude. Mental health and harm reduction support workers have the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives.

Why choose LINKS Institute?

LINKS Institute offers an innovative solution for people who are passionate about social justice, want further education, and want to start working as soon as possible.

Our intensive 7-8 month programs allows students to gain the theory and skills they need to be successful in community and social service settings, and start their career journey.

Our instructors hold a minimum of a master’s degree in a related field, and some are PhDs. At LINKS Institute you are coached by experts who have your goals in mind.

What kinds of jobs can I get with this program, and what do they pay?

The LINKS Institute Mental Wellness & Harm Reduction worker program is designed to set you up for success in support roles in mental health services.

Job titles in these fields include: 

  • Women’s Shelter Supervisor
  • Rehabilitation Worker – Social Services
  • Community Service Worker
  • Crisis Intervention Worker
  • Developmental Service Worker
  • Drop-in Centre Worker
  • Family Service Worker
  • Group Home Worker
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Aboriginal Outreach Worker
  • Social Services Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Addictions Worker
  • Community Development Worker

You could earn between $28,080 and $62,171 in Manitoba in these types of positions.

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LINKS Institute offers opportunity

The Mental wellness & harm reduction worker diploma is designed for people who are passionate about mental health and/or harm reduction and want to get working quickly. Instead of spending 2 or 4 years studying, get your certificate in as little as 7-8 months full time. 

“I’m excited about LINKS’ programs because I can use these skills to help people who are struggling in my community, without having to move away from home to study”.

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