PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
TUITION & FEES
- post-secondary diploma or degree in health, human services, or social sciences; or
- active licensure in Canada with a health or human services governing body
You must complete 11 courses to graduate. Courses are listed by term to show the recommended path to completing the program in eight months as a full-time student.
|Term 1 - 16 weeks|
|MHAD1004|| Recovery Practitioner Skills |
Develop knowledge and skills based on evidence-informed practice, guidelines and procedures that are required in the facilitating role of a Mental Health Recovery Practitioner. Develop knowledge and skills for working in a recovery-oriented practice environment with individuals experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders. Emphasis will be on applying knowledge and skills needed for engaging with clients for the purpose of effective identification, assessment, preliminary diagnosis, referral, case planning, treatment and evaluation of client progress. These skills will be practiced in the lab.
|MHAD1005|| Issues and Ethics |
Explore codes of ethics and professional standards from various disciplines within the context of caring for clients with mental health and substance use issues. Consider ways to collaborate on interdisciplinary teams to best support positive client outcomes. Examine rights and supports for client advocacy and self-advocacy.
|MHAD1006 (O)|| Systems Navigation |
Examine the range and variety of public and private resources available to support individuals and families dealing with mental health and substance use issues. The role of worker-as-navigator will be explored along with advocacy methodologies and the challenges of practice in a regularly-changing environment.
|MHAD1007 (O)|| Mental Health First Aid |
This course will provide you with certification from Mental Health First Aid Canada. Learn to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health issues in adult and youth populations, initiate responses when help is needed and support a person to get appropriate professional help. Find more details at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca
|MHAD1008 (O)|| Nonviolent Crisis Intervention |
This course will provide you with certification in nonviolent crisis intervention from the Crisis Prevention Institute (www.crisisprevention.com). Learn physical and nonphysical methods to manage disruptive behaviour and maintain safety for yourself and others. Last-resort skills to use in situations of imminent danger will also be included.
|MHAD1009 (O)|| Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training |
This course will provide you with certification in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). This training is designed to help participants recognize and assess risk and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. (www.livingworks.net/programs/asist/).
|MHAD1010|| Community Service Learning |
In this course, students will undertake a project of relevance and benefit to a community program or agency. Projects may include a survey or research project, an educational or preventative campaign, or an administrative services project.
|Term 2 - 16 weeks|
|MHRP1000 (O)|| Framework for Mental Health in Canada |
Learn about the effects of local, provincial/territorial and national health systems and social systems on the provision of services to individuals with mental health or substance use issues. Legislation relating to information privacy, mental health, substance use, criminal and family law, and the delivery of services will be reviewed. Initiatives to improve outcomes of individuals experiencing mental health or substance use crisis will be explored. Examine personal and professional ethical and regulatory frameworks for practice.
|MHRP1001 (O)|| Mental Health and the Family |
Explore how mental illness affects family dynamics and ways in which the family can assist in recovery. The client’s 'family' may be broadly defined. Health promotion, strengths-based approaches, and family-related social determinants of health are considered. A family's culture is highlighted in determining the best approach to helping. Practice assessment skills for clients and their families in the lab.
|MHRP1002|| Effective Communication Approaches |
Build upon basic skills for effective communication with clients, families, communities, coworkers and interdisciplinary teams. The importance of communication in developing relationships will be emphasized, including the need for cultural sensitivity and competence. Goal attainment, problem-solving, psychoeducation and conflict resolution processes in communication will be practiced in the lab.
|MHRP1003|| Practicum Placement |
This supervised practicum placement provides the opportunity to connect theory and practice in a mental health setting. Students will be placed within a community agency or institution to meet identified learning goals, experience a potential career path, and confirm or modify area(s) of interest.
Courses marked with (O) are available through Open Studies.
Credits required for full-time status: 8 credits per term