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Emergency Mental Health - Clinical Practicum (CMHC 713)



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

Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or LPI score of 4 or equivalent is required. 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:, 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.


Summer 2020

Start Date CRN
Deadline to Register
Apr 6, 2020 provided by dept Mar 27, 2020
May 4, 2020 provided by dept Apr 24, 2019
Jun 1, 2020 provided by dept May 22, 2020
Jul 6, 2020 provided by dept Jun 26, 2020
Aug 4, 2020 provided by dept Jul 24, 2020

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