Douglas College > Programs & Courses > Continuing Education > Child, Family and Community Studies > Career Development Practice Certificate Program
Do you want to work in the career, employment or vocational rehabilitation fields, but don’t want to leave your current job to study? Are you currently working in this area and want to upgrade your skills and knowledge? Then this is the program for you!
The Career Development Practice (CDP) certificate will help you develop the competencies, knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to work effectively with a diverse client population.
You will learn techniques to work with individuals and groups, and how to use assessment tools. Labour market trends, career transitions, resource materials and the Canadian Standards and Guidelines are all included in the program content.
There are two ways to take the Career Development Practice Certificate at Douglas College:
Program admission is available throughout the year, and you may start the program at any time, with any course. You will be given a maximum of three years to complete all the courses in the program. The full list of required courses can be found on the Courses and schedule page. The CDP Program is only available on a part-time basis; visit the Course and schedule page for the schedule of course offerings.
The Career Development Practice Certificate was developed by Douglas College in partnership with BC Career Development Association (formerly ENET). An active advisory committee provides guidance to ensure quality and current course material.
Courses may be transferred to other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia:
The Ethics and Theories courses in the CDP program meet the minimum education requirements for certification as a Certified Career Development Professional (CCDP) by the BC Career Development Association.
Mental Health First Aid Canada is an evidence-based program of The Mental Health Commission of Canada. MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years or older). This course will focus on the four most common mental health disorders, including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders, and how to support clients in these situations in Career Development settings.
MHFA training teaches people how to:
• Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
• Provide initial help.
• Guide a person towards appropriate professional help.
Key Outcomes include:
Increased awareness of signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems
Decreased stigma related to mental health
Increased confidence interacting with clients experiencing a mental health problem or crisis
increased support provided to individuals in crisis or experiencing a mental health problem.
There is no information session scheduled at this time. Please watch this space for upcoming sessions.