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Douglas College > Programs & Courses > Continuing Education > Health Sciences > Certificate in Community Mental Health (CCMH)
The Certificate in Community Mental Health (CCMH) program, provides a college credential 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:
This program is not a part-time version of the Community Mental Health Worker Program.
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.