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Certificate in Emergency Mental Health

Course name

Emergency Mental Health Certificate

Course description The Emergency Mental Health program offers courses designed to help individuals or professionals working in the field of mental health gain expertise in providing assessment and care to individuals experiencing mental health crises or emergencies.
The program consists of three courses:
  • Framework for Practice in Emergency Mental Health
  • Clinical and Diagnostic Concepts in Emergency Mental Health
  • Clinical Practicum in Emergency Mental Health
Course number CMHC 711 (Framework)
CMHC 712 (Clinical and Diagnostic Concepts)
CMHC 713 (Practicum)
Learning objectives Through this course, the learner will:
  • gain an understanding of the role of mental health professionals (MHPs) in the specialty of emergency mental health (EMH)
  • examine crisis theory and models of practice related to emergency mental health
  • relate professional standards and ethics to EMH practice and service delivery
  • gain an understanding of relevant legislation and how the legislation impacts EMH practice
  • describe factors that contribute to triaging emergency mental health calls
  • identify key elements to creating a safe working environment in EMH
  • describe the elements of a mental health assessment and a mental status assessment and demonstrate an ability to complete a full mental health assessment
  • describe and utilize elements of a suicide and homicide risk assessment
  • develop advanced psychiatric interviewing skills
  • apply critical thinking skills for effective management of mental health emergencies
Tuition $728.00 per course ($2,185.00 total to complete the entire certificate)
Textbooks not included
  • English 12 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent
  • Entrance requirements for clinical practicum:
  • Proof of professional designation in health or human services profession
  • CPR
  • Criminal record search
Course content There are seven units in the course, followed by a final exam. Topics include:
  • Role of EMHP
  • Crisis theory and models of practice
  • Ethical issues
  • Legislation
  • Referral, triaging and safety
  • Mental status assessment
  • Safety assessment
Learning resources There are two textbooks for this course:
  • Hillard, R., & Zitek, B. (2004). Emergency psychiatry. San Francisco, CA: McGraw-Hill.
  • Shea, S. C. (1998). Psychiatric interviewing: The art of understanding, a practical guide for psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses and other mental health professionals (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders.
Supplemental readings include:
  • Kluge, E. W. (1992). Biomedical ethics in a Canadian context. Scarborough, Ont:
  • Prentice-Hall.
  • Ennis, C.A., Douglas, J. (1997). When helping hurts. A field safety handbook for helping professionals. Unpublished.
  • Kaplan, H. I., Sadock, B.J. (1993). Pocket handbook of emergency psychiatric medicine. Maryland, USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Kleespies, P. M. (Ed). (1998). Emergencies in mental health practice. Evaluation and management.New York, NY: Guildford Press.
Instruction method
  • Independent study
  • Self-awareness learning activities
  • Research activities
  • Critical thinking activities
  • Psychiatric interviewing self-evaluation activities
  • One assignment
  • Final exam
Schedule of evaluation due dates Grade will be assessed on completion of:
  • Psychiatric interviewing self-evaluation activities
  • Critical thinking activities
  • Legal and ethical aspects of EMH assignment
  • Final exam
Grading Minimum grade to pass is 60 percent.
Total hours 6 months (170 hours) to complete each course

For information please contact
Douglas College Health Sciences Continuing Education

604 777 6527 Download EMH Registration Form