Douglas College > Programs & Courses > Continuing Education > Health Professional Development > Certificate Programs > Certificate in Community Mental Health
The Certificate in Community Mental Health (CCMH) program provides a non-credit college credential for individuals wishing to enhance their foundational knowledge and skills in the field of mental health recovery. Philosophy, principles and practice in the program are based on recovery utilizing the Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) approach. Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health have identified PSR as a foundation of mental health care.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) "is a holistic approach that places the person - not the illness - at the center of all interventions. The wishes of the person being served direct the rehabilitation process through working partnerships that are forged between the practitioner and the individual with mental illness. Effective rehabilitation builds on a person's strengths and helps the individual to compensate for the negative effects of the psychiatric disability." (Hughes & Weinstein in Best Practices in PSR, 2000)
This program is best suited for individuals interested in front-line mental health work in recovery-oriented organizations. This program is not a part-time version of the for-credit Community Mental Health Worker Program. Completion of this program does not give applicants any advanced placement to the credit program.
Program graduates will be equipped to:
You have up to two years from your start date to complete the program certificate. However, as courses are self-paced and registration is continuous, dedicated students may complete the entire program in less than the maximum time permitted.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, you will be awarded a Douglas College Continuing Education program certificate. This certificate is issued by the Graduation Office in the Office of the Registrar.