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To ensure we can safely offer the high-quality learning you expect, we've changed how many of our programs are delivered. Please view this program's delivery option(s) under "locations & availability". Learn more about how programs will be offered

Mental Health Recovery and Promotion

Work with people affected by mental illness and help promote mental health, recovery and wellness.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma

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Overview

Learn to be part of an interdisciplinary team that promotes mental health wellness. Mental health support workers build supports, promote recovery, help eliminate barriers and improve quality of life for people living with mental illnesses.

With the Mental Health Commission of Canada's launch of the country's first-ever mental health strategy, this program prepares you to be on the cutting edge of improved support strategies and service delivery for individuals and communities affected by mental health issues.

Work experience

  • You participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province.
  • You're not guaranteed placements of your choice.
  • Some night, weekend and holiday shifts may be required.
  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Choose NSCC

  • This program was developed to meet the growing demand for services to support individuals affected by mental illness.
  • We keep our class sizes small to provide individual support and attention.
  • Hands-on learning and field placements provide you with the experience you need to develop your skills and gain the experience employers look for on a résumé.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • This program is not offered each year. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.
  • Many employers in this sector require one – or all – of the following: current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction or finding in Family Court may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Work in the field of mental health and illness is very demanding and your ability to be self-aware and practise effective introspection and self-care strategies is essential to your success.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Burridge Campus/Online Yarmouth Full time BlendedBlended
Complete your program through courses that combine online (scheduled), and on-campus learning.
Seats available

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs require immunizations and completion of Standard First Aid, CPR Level C. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services Additional program requirements
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition

Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,515
Tuition (International):
$11,350

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • You work with clients of all ages, in the private and public sectors and within a variety of settings in the area of mental health. Work environments can include acute care, rehabilitation centres, community organizations, group homes, addiction services and outpatient clinics.

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