Program Description

  • First program in Ontario to focus on Mental Health and Disability Management
  • Curriculum engages a variety of learning styles including visual, auditory and kinesthetic through lectures, field trips, hands-on training and guest speakers
  • Small class sizes
  • Learn about mental illness and disabilities from experts in the field who represent a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, researchers, educators and therapists as well as those with lived experiences
  • Complete a capstone project that allows students from the Mental Health and Disability Management and Brain Disorders Management Programs to work collaboratively, using problem-based learning
  • Receive hands-on experience through a field placement that begins in May and involves a total of 336 hours

Skills Gained

  • Certificate builds on previous degree or diploma in the health or social sciences by providing a specialization in mental health and disability management
  • Examine case studies exposing students to a variety of client-based scenarios
  • Examine the impact of having a dual diagnosis on physical health, social functioning and employment or housing outcomes
  • Engage in simulation exercises to practice clinical interviewing skills, reflective listening skills, and awareness about mental health conditions
  • Translate information using a variety of mediums including oral presentations, reports, case studies, infographics, and digital poster displays
  • Learn how to apply intervention strategies including motivational interviewing, transition planning and mindfulness
  • Receive hands-on training related to suicide prevention, case management, multi-sensory training, digital art therapy and de-escalation

Program of Study

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Mental Health
  • Foundations of Disabilities
  • Intervention Strategies Working With Disabilities
  • Intervention Strategies Working With Mental Health
  • Pharmacology for Non-Medical Health Professionals

Semester 2

  • Intervention Strategies Working with Disabilities and Mental Health
  • Working With Families With Disabilities
  • Capstone Project
  • Legal Implications and Brain Disorders
  • Field Placement Preparation Mental Health and Disability Management

Semester 3

  • Field Placement Case Studies
  • Field Placement Mental Health Disability Management


Admission Requirements: 
  • Minimum two-year college diploma or university degree. Preference will be given to applicants with a diploma or degree in Community Services or Health Sciences
  • Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment
  • Attendance at program orientation is strongly recommended
  • Proof of English proficiency for applicants where English is not their first language must be submitted to Ontario Colleges