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Mental Health Recovery and Promotion

Mental Health Recovery and Promotion

Work with individuals affected by mental health issues and help to promote mental health, recovery and wellness.

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Start Date:
2 Years
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Burridge Campus • Yarmouth Full time • In-class Seats available

Program Overview

Learn how to work as part of an interdisciplinary team, promoting mental health and recovery for individuals of all ages affected by mental illness.

With the Mental Health Commission of Canada's launch of Canada'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. You develop the knowledge, skills and experience to help influence and change the way we think about mental illness, recovery and promotion of well-being.

Mental health support workers are part of a team that build supports, promotes recovery, improves quality of life, implements prevention strategies and eliminates barriers that affect individuals living with mental health issues.

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. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health & Human Services Program Requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.

Choose NSCC

  • This program was developed to meet the growing demand for services to support individuals affected by mental health.
  • 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.

Employment Opportunities

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

Other Info

  • Many employers in this sector require one or all of the following as part of the hiring process: current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Alternate Intake – This program is not offered each year. Check program locations for upcoming start date.
  • Work Placements – you participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province. Students are not guaranteed placements of their choice and may be required to complete a placement in communities throughout the province. Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
    • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to work placements are the responsibility of the student.
  • Work in the field of mental health and illness is very demanding and your ability to practice effective self-care strategies is essential to your success.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CRIS 1005   Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (12 Hours)
CRIS 1010   Suicide Intervention
GDEV 1025   Developmental Psychology
MHRP 1000   Introduction to Mental Health Services
MHRP 1001   Mental Health Promotion/Self and Others
MHRP 1002   Applied Helping Skills I
MHRP 1003   Ethics and Professional Practice
MHRP 1006   Life Skills
MHRP 1007   Mental Health Support Strategies I
MHRP 1009   Peer Support
MHRP 1010   Mental Health Practicum I
MHRP 1020   Mental Health Practicum II
MHRP 2002   Applied Helping Skills II
MHRP 2004   Youth and Mental Health
MHRP 2005   Psychotropic Medications and Social Drug Issues
MHRP 2006   Recovery and Well Being
MHRP 2007   Mental Health Support Strategies II
MHRP 2010   Mental Health Practicum III
MHRP 2020   Mental Health Mentorship
MHRP 2055   Addictions and Mental Health
MHRP 3007   Mental Health Support Strategies for Diverse Populations
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SOCS 1000   Introduction to Sociology
SOCS 1001   Introduction to Psychology
SOCS 1005   Writing Skills for Social Service Practice I
SOCS 2005   Writing Skills for Social Service Practice II
SOCS 2025   Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing

Additional Graduation Requirements

Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

Next Steps

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