Psychosocial Rehabilitation (Graduate Diploma)


Fall 2023: Currently accepting applications

Learning Format


Are you a mental-health practitioner looking to upgrade your skills? The Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) is a one-year, part-time program that will prepare you for the challenging and rewarding field of recovery-based mental health services. This is the only program of its kind in Western Canada.

Gain specialized knowledge and skills

The Psychosocial Rehabilitation program consists of four courses that are offered online in real time, plus an additional practicum PSR course, giving you the specialized knowledge and skills needed to work as a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP). The shift toward recovery-oriented mental health services has created a need for qualified individuals to work in a variety of mental health settings.

Be prepared for the Certified Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Practitioners certification

Course materials are designed to help you apply and integrate current Canadian PSR Competencies of Practice into mental health and substance use settings. The Graduate Diploma program prepares you to qualify as Certified Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Practitioners (CPRRP) via PSR Canada. The CPRRP certification is recognized by employers throughout Canada.

Job opportunities

Surveys show that 82 percent of our Psychosocial Rehabilitation degree graduates are working in the field after graduation. (Source: B.C. Student Outcomes).

NOTE: You must have a bachelor’s degree in order to take this program.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited post secondary institution in Canada, or any English speaking country
  2. Douglas College English language proficiency requirement of English 12 with a grade of “C” or acceptable substitution
  3. Proof of completion of the following undergraduate course - Abnormal Psychology (Douglas College PSYC 2341) or equivalent courses and/or experience as evaluated by the Program Coordinator. This qualifying course is necessary to assure that bachelor’s level entrants to the PSR program have a basic understanding of mental illness and treatments.



You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements For Students Completing After Summer 2023:

  • Successful completion of 15 credits as listed below
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.33
  • 100% (15 credits) of all course work must be completed at Douglas College
  • Time limit to complete program graduation requirements: four (4) years
Course Title Credits
PSYC 5001 Mental Health Services and Systems: History and Trends 3
PSYC 5002 Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery 3
PSYC 5003 Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioner Competencies 3
PSYC 5004 Psychosocial Rehabilitation: Best and Promising Practices  3
PSYC 5005 Seminar and Practicum in Psychosocial Rehabilitation 3

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Community Mental Health Worker
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Program Manager — Community Health Programs
  • Patient Care Coordinator 
  • Support Worker
  • Specialist, Wellness and Recovery
  • Social Worker
  • Rehabilitation Consultant/Counsellor
  • Mental Health Worker, Assisted Living