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Community Mental Health Worker

IMPORTANT NOTICE Please note that this program is 15 weeks in length. It begins in mid-March and finishes at the end of July. The Spring 2018 intake of the program is full. Applications for the Spring 2019 semester will open on June 1, 2018.
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 15.8
Length: One semester
Campuses: Coquitlam
Credential: Certificate
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time
Offered: Spring
program overview
In the Community Mental Health Worker (CMHW) Certificate Program, students learn to apply the principles of recovery using Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR). Students gain knowledge and skills in assisting individuals with mental health issues to maximize their independence. Students also learn to lead group sessions on health, wellness, managing symptoms and setting boundaries.

NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  •  Successful completion of 15.75 credits
  •  25% (4 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College *

*Effective for Summer 2017 graduation, a minimum of 50% of the required program courses must be taken at Douglas College.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

HCSW 1165

Concepts for Mental Health Practice I (not required for students with the Health Care Assistant Certificate)

3.00

HCSW 1170

Concepts for Mental Health Practice II

3.00

HCSW 1180

Recovery in Mental Health

3.00

HCSW 1190

Therapeutic Relationships in Mental Health

3.25

HCSW 1195

Clinical Practice I for CMHWs

0.75

HCSW 1200

Clinical Practice II for CMHWs

2.75

Total Credits

15.75

special academic requirements
These requirements apply to all program options. See individual program options for additional program requirements.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C certificate is required prior to first clinical placement.
  • Non-Violence Crisis Intervention (NVCI) is required prior to first clinical placement.
The NVCI course may be arranged through the HCSW program during program orientation. Each student is responsible for any cost incurred for these courses. Health Region On-line Orientation (Student Practice Education Core Orientation) completion is required prior to first clinical placement. Information will be provided during program orientation.

NOTE: A driver’s license allowing unaccompanied vehicle operation and access to a vehicle are strongly recommended.


career transfer pathways
According to an employment survey conducted by the Institutional Research and Planning Department, close to 100 percent of graduates of the Community Mental Health Worker Program are employed in the field. In fact, many students have commitments of employment before they finish their studies. 

Graduates are able to apply the principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) to assist individuals with mental health issues to maximize their independence. They work in a variety of settings, including care facilities, day treatment centres and group homes.
other information
Personal traits which help a student succeed in this program include:

  • Sensitivity to the needs of others
  • Ability to problem-solve effectively in a limited time span
  • Ability to manage time effectively and handle responsibility
  • Ability to perform basic home management and cooking skills
  • Ability to speak confidently with people of all ages
  • Ability to develop self-awareness
  • Ability to be self-directed in their own learning
  • Ability to be flexible
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

Native English speakers (apply to individuals who have a minimum of 7 years of education in an English-speaking environment*)

Non-native English speakers

Requirements:

English 11 or equivalent

Requirements:

Standardized English Language proficiency test score

1. Evidence of one of the following:

    - Proof of completion of Grade 11 English with minimum of a C grade; OR

    - Accuplacer:
         Grade 11 level or higher
         Reading Comprehension: 65
         Write placer: 4

2. Completion of Douglas College Self- Declaration Form

Evidence of one of the following test scores:

1.  The Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL): test must be within the last two years- minimum score of 80

2.  International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic or General- test must be within the last two years- minimum overall score of 6 with no band lower than 6

3.  Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT): test must be taken within the past six months: Minimum test scores: Listening 8, Speaking 8, Reading 7 and Writing 7

4.  Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): test must be within the last two years- minimum overall score of 60

*Countries with English language systems/ intuitions(Where English is a primary, official language and the language used for education)

American Samoa
Anguilla
Antigua
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands Cayman Island
Canada*

Dominica
Falkland Islands
Fiji
Ghana
Grenada
Guam
Guyana
Irish Republic
Jamaica
Kenya
Malta

Mauritius
Montserrat
New Zealand
Seychelles
Singapore
South Africa
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caico Islands

Uganda
United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland)
United States of America (USA)
US Virgin Islands

*Applicants educated in Quebec at an institution where the language of instruction was not English, must meet the current English Language proficiency requirements.

Upon Offer: 

  • A Criminal Record Check from the Ministry of Justice, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults will be required.  This must be done through Douglas College. Specific Instructions will be provided by the program Admissions Officer.
  • Complete an Informed Medical Suitability Declaration (to be completed on Douglas College Form) and a physician's note may be required.
  • Submit a current record of immunity or immunization for Hepatitis B.
  • Submit proof of negative TB skin test or chest X-ray, taken within 4 months prior to starting the program and classes. This may need to be repeated if student was tested more than six months prior to the first clinical experience, or as required by Health Regions.

*Updated immunizations for measles, mumps, polio, tetanus, diptheria, varicella and rubella are strongly recommended.  Recommendations will change based on Health Region requirements.

Standard First Aid and CPR Level C

  • Certificate is required prior to the first clinical placement.

Non-Violence Crisis Intervention (NVCI):

  • NVCI is required prior to the first clinical placement.  NVCI course may be arranged through the HCSW program during program orientation.  

Other:

  • We strongly recommend you attend an information session.
  • A personal interview with the Program Coordinator may be requested.

Additional Program Requirements:

In addition to the Program Requirements for all HCSW program options, these program requirements apply to Health Care Assistant or Home Support/Resident Care Attendants who wish to access the Community Mental Health Worker component of the Program: Applicants must complete the Community Mental Health Worker Bridge-in course titled Concepts in Community Mental Health I with a minimum grade of 65 percent. Students who have successfully completed the Bridge-in course will be eligible to enrol in the Community Mental Health Worker Certificate courses.

ACCESS to Community Mental Health Worker Certificate

Additional Program Requirements:

In addition to the Program Requirements for all HCSW program options, these program requirements apply to students who wish to complete the Community Mental Health Worker Certificate and who do not have a Douglas College Health Care Assistant. Applicants must complete the Community Mental Health Worker Bridge-in course titled Concepts in Community Mental Health I with a minimum grade of 65 percent. Students who have successfully completed the Bridge-in course will be eligible to enrol in the Community Mental Health Worker certificate program.  Students will only graduate with a Community Mental Health Worker certificate.

program cost

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.

curriculum 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.

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

upcoming info sessions
Tuesday 5:00 PM May 29, 2018 COQ room: #A1470 register»