Emergency Mental Health - Clinical Practicum (CMHC 713)

We have been notified that effective immediately, student clinical placements within Alberta Health Services [AHS] will only be available to AHS employees. The CE team is making every effort to secure placements for students who are non-AHS employees at other health care sites. However, current and prospective students need to be aware that this new directive by AHS will restrict the availability and locations of student placements in Alberta.  

Current students can contact aatwal7@douglascollege.ca with any questions. 

Prospective students please contact cehsadmin@douglascollege.ca to discuss potential clinical options.

Course Name

Emergency Mental Health: Practicum

Course Description

This is the final course in the Certificate in Emergency Mental Health program. Building on the concepts addressed in the Framework for Practice (CMHC 711) and Clinical and Diagnostic Concepts (CMHC 713) courses, this course examines secondary stress, and requires participants to complete a 140-hour clinical practicum.

Subject Code

CMHC 713

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will

  • describe clinical elements of mental health practice that contribute to stress;
  • describe workplace factors that may contribute to stress;
  • describe techniques to help reduce work-related stress; and
  • complete a 140-hour practicum.



Textbook not included in tuition fee. Contact the Douglas College Bookstore for prices and ordering information.


Successful completion of CMHC 711 and CMHC 712


Proof of official designation in a health or human services profession - including registration or licensing with a regulatory body to ensure the professional is licensed to provide a specific level of care/risk assessment.


Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or proof of equivalent as outlined in detail here: General Admission Information. Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this requirement. Proof of successful completion is not required on registration but may be requested by Douglas College.

Course Content

Topics covered include:

  • secondary stress; and
  • clinical placement.

Learning Resources

Hillard, R., & Zitek, B. (most recent edition). Emergency psychiatry. San Francisco, CA: McGraw-Hill.

Shea, S.C. (most recent edition). Psychiatric interviewing: The art of understanding, a practical guide for psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses and other mental health professionals (most recent edition). Philadelphia: Saunders.

Available through the Douglas College Bookstore.

Instruction Method

Online course in Blackboard, and in-person clinical placement

Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.


  • Personal Stress Management plan;
  • Completion of practicum site research activities;
  • Completion of all practicum/agency specific orientation requirements;
  • Practicum self-evaluation: 3 parts; and
  • 140 practicum hours.


This course is assessed on a Mastery/Non-mastery basis.

Completion Timeframe

6 months (170 hours) from course start date

Registration and Course Start

Registration is easy; simply complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to: cehsadmin@douglascollege.ca, with proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.

Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.

CRN provided by department. 

Registration dates and deadlines