Certificate in Community Mental Health

Program overview

This program is offered in partnership with Douglas College and allows you to gain a college credential in Mental Health. Northern Health has identified Psychosocial Rehabilitation as a foundation of mental health care for the north. It is a holistic approach that places the person, not the illness, at the centre of all interventions. The Certificate in Community Mental Health consists of two courses which can be taken individually providing the prerequisites are met: Introduction to Mental Health and Psychosocial Rehabilitation.

Individuals with limited or no experience in mental health should take Introduction to Mental Health first. Healthcare workers with current experience and knowledge in mental health disorders, the mental health health system, best practices in mental health and person-centred practice may be able to challenge the Introduction to Mental Health component and move directly to Psychosocial Rehabilitation.

Introduction to Mental Health

This first course in the Certificate in Community Mental Health is a prerequisite for employment with many agencies and organizations. It is also beneficial for individuals working in the mental health field looking to strengthen their knowledge and skill base.

Applicants who successfully complete this introduction will be able to understand the philosophy and values that direct care, disorders that constitute serious and persistent mental illness, person-centred practice, facilitate communication, behavior management, non-violent crisis intervention, the mental health system and evidence-based practice. Certificate issued by Douglas College.


None; although it is recommended that students have English reading and comprehension equivalent to Grade 12.

Textbooks required

Communications in Nursing (7th Edition)


Sep 14 to Dec 21/16



Psychosocial Rehabilitation

This second course in the Certificate in Community Mental Health focuses on the concept of recovery and uses the Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) approach to keep the person with mental illness at the centre of all interventions. It is comprised of 75 hours of theory and a 45 hour practicum that will be arranged as part of the course.

PSR is grounded in the notion of recovery and empowerment for people with severe and persistent mental illness. This course explores how psychosocial/psychiatric rehabilitation can help achieve recovery. You will learn core concepts of psychiatric rehabilitation, psychiatric rehabilitation models and methods and help you develop key competencies for working in a psychiatric rehabilitation environment.


Introduction to Mental Health or health professional with current documented experience in the mental health field, current criminal record check, current CPR C.

Textbooks required

Communications in Nursing (7th Edition) and Psychiatric Rehabilitation (2nd Edition)


Jan 18 to May 13/17



Additional info

Recommended English 12 with a C grade or better. Certificate issued by Douglas College.


Sign up for this program by completing an online application. For more information on this program or how to register, email us or call us at (250) 561-5801.

Program info


  • Varies by course


  • $1625 - $1930/course

Fees are approximate and do not include textbooks or materials.