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Certificate in Community Mental Health (CCMH)

The Certificate in Community Mental Health (CCMH) program, provides a non-credited college certificate for individuals wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills in the field of mental health. Philosophy, principles and practice in the program are based on recovery utilizing the PSR approach. Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health have identified Psychosocial Rehabilitation (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)


The certificate is made up of two courses, which are available by distance education:

Program Admission

  • Courses may be taken individually as long as prerequisites are met. 
  • Individuals with no or limited experience in the mental health field must start with the Introduction to Mental Health course.
  • Health professionals with current experience in the field may start with PSR. 
  • Health care workers with current experience and documented evidence of a current knowledge base related to mental health disorders; the mental health system; best practices in mental health reform; and person-centered practice may start with PSR.

This program is not a part-time version of the Community Mental Health Worker Program.

Program Duration

Participants have up to two years from their 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.