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Make a difference with a career in mental health

Mental Health – Interprofessional Practice Ontario College Graduate Certificate program

Support mental health, well-being and recovery. Growing industry with a demand for skilled, compassionate care providers. Four-week community placement.

Program code MHCC
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery Full-time +

Program information

Program description

Professionals in the healthcare field recognize that mental disorders, including addictive behaviours, play a prominent role in the many complex clinical presentations which all front-line clinicians face.  In this program, students are equipped with the appropriate clinical competencies to recognize and include mental health issues and build effective plans of care to ensure good clinical outcomes.  Students are exposed to a variety of intervention options such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and dialectal behaviour therapy. Ultimately, students develop the skills necessary to effectively work with clients to deliver enhanced services with a focus on quality across a variety of settings.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2022 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes a clinical placement component where you will gain practical work experience under the supervision of a registered or licensed professional.

What are the admission requirements for the Mental Health – Interprofessional Practice program?

Mental Health – Interprofessional Practice admission requirements

Post-secondary diploma, degree or equivalent in a health-related field. Related fields may include nursing, allied health professions, social work, occupational therapy, medicine or psychology.

Selection Process

Applicants with a diploma or degree in a health-related field, from a private institution, must also present registration designation from the affiliated regulatory body. Applicants may be required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience. Proof of employment or other documentation may be requested.

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Admission details

Students must have up-to-date immunization records in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Students must also have a valid mask fit test and Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid. Students are to use the Clinical Preparedness Permit to document completion of these clinical requirements.

Completion and submission of this permit is required in order to ensure placement in clinical and field placement facilities.

For the clinical practicum component, students will be placed primarily with one of community partners’ facilities, which include a variety of departments and providing different services. Students are required to provide their own transportation to the placement site.

What career paths can I take in mental health?

Your Mental Health – Interprofessional Practice graduate certificate gives you many career opportunities

Completion of this program enhances the employability of graduates in the full range of health care professions, adding an important, long neglected, and critical component to their knowledge and skill sets. Graduates who complete this program may find employment in community-based health and social services, hospitals and other agencies providing mental health services.

What courses are included in the Mental Health – Interprofessional Practice graduate certificate program?

Course overview

10 Program Courses
1 Clinical Placement

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Mental Health – Interprofessional Practice program outline.

  • MHCC 1000 – Major Mental Disorders
  • MHCC 1001 – Determinants of Health: Mental Health Policy and Practice Perspectives
  • MHCC 1002 – Counselling Skills: Building Clinical Competencies
  • MHCC 1003 – Trauma and Trauma-Informed Practice
  • MHCC 1004 – Working with Diverse Clients

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