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Overview

Seneca's Mental Health Intervention graduate certificate will empower you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a rewarding career in supporting individuals and families in their mental health and wellbeing. A career in mental health intervention generally includes supporting others in their capacity to: enjoy life, use abilities and achieve goals, contribute to community, deal with life's inevitable challenges and bounce back from adversity and form and sustain relationships with others.

The part-time evening schedule is designed to allow practitioners or recent graduates in the areas of health practitioner, community and social service workers, child and youth workers, recreational therapists, etc., to obtain a specialization in mental health. This certificate program provides a comprehensive curriculum in mental health and addictions to individuals requiring knowledge in the areas in dealing with employees, clients, family members, and friends through their places of employment, volunteer activities, or personal situations. Building on a foundation of psychological concepts, the curriculum acquaints students with the various perspectives describing and understanding mental health, mental health disorders and addictions, and interventions, including assessment, treatment, and self-help strategies within individual, group, family, and community contexts.

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New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the Mental Health Intervention Graduate Certificate, alongside their previous diploma and further education, may work in the field of community mental health such as crisis worker, housing support, peer support, mental health promotion, addictions support, residential care, social work, case managers, counselling and mental health nursing.

Entry Requirements

  • A recognized degree or postsecondary diploma from an accredited institution in community studies, health and public safety and/or a related program
  • English proficiency at the college level.

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Curriculum

MHI100
Introduction to Mental Health
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This is an introductory course that will explore the traditional biological and social paradigms in mental health/illness, critical health and mental health perspectives and responses, and related concepts such as mental health policy, systems and medical/psycho-social interventions. Students will also be introduced to the social determinants of mental health, and the relationship between mental health and oppression, with a particular focus on relationship of mental health to "race", "culture" and sexual/gender identify. The course will also focus on contemporary community mental health concepts in Canada, specifically Ontario.




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MHI101
Diversity: Building Resilience
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Students will be introduced to anti-oppressive theory and practice as it relates to health and everyday experiences of people in Canada in order to understand health, mental health, well-being and resilience in a diverse context. Students will learn about the strong links between social inequality and health. Students will explore their own personal values, beliefs and behaviours that may enhance or limit their ability to work effectively and respectfully in their communities.




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MHI406
Dynamics of the Family
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This course will give students the opportunity to explore several diverse theories of family dynamics. Students will gain skills in identifying the cultural and historical lens of each theory, along with the inherent assumptions of family trends. A sound knowledge of family research and theory application will give students some of the tools necessary to come closer to understanding families and to recognize their role in positive change where needed in family life.




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MHI201
Health Psychology
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In this course students will be introduced to theoretical and applied perspectives in Health Psychology. The biopsychosocial approach within health psychology asserts that health and illness are determined by multiple factors such as culture, environment, socio-economic status, biological factors, and individual behavior. Students will use the biopsychosocial model in order to understand causes and interventions for various health issues.




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MHI202
Sociology of Health
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Though most people have some idea of what it means to be in good health, health is not as straightforward a concept to understand as we may assume. In a sociological perspective, health is understood as a social construction and dependent on myriad factors. Both our health and illness, and the manner in which we understand these concepts, are influenced by social and environmental factors. The purpose of the course is to provide a sociological framework for understanding the social determinants of population health and the factors that shape the health and illness behaviour of Canadians. The course will also introduce students to key concepts of population health.




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MHI200
Trauma Methods & Practice
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This course provides students with the knowledge needed to develop effective interventions with clients who have experienced trauma. In this course, students examine the concepts of trauma in personal, practical and theoretical contexts. They investigate the difference between stress and trauma and are able to explain conditions leading to possible trauma. In addition, students will acquire a basic understanding of how trauma might affect brain development and how that may impact children and adolescent development. Throughout the course, the students will be learning and practicing strategies and activities in trauma informed practice from an anti-oppressive approach. Students will also critically reflect on managing secondary trauma, and coping with the demands of a profession that regularly deals with traumatized victims.




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MHI214
Community Outreach I
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In this integrated field/community outreach course, teams of students are required to engage with community service providers and assist with community engagement/outreach activities and/or develop workshops based on best practices in mental health intervention, outreach, support, strategies, etc. and deliver these modules to mental health service providers, social service agencies and/or community groups in an effort to contribute to and expand knowledge of mental health practiced to the broader community. This Community Outreach course allows student leaders to contribute to the field in meaningful way providing complimentary workshops/professional development opportunities related to best practices while developing their oral presentation skills.




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MHI304
Crisis Counselling
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In this course students will learn the techniques and skills to manage and deescalate a crisis situation. They will examine precipitating factors that may lead to crisis, the pattern of the conflict cycle and specific calming and deescalating techniques. Students will also learn about theories and methods of crisis intervention in order to better support individuals and communities.




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MHI402
Health Promotion & Education
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This course covers the underlying concepts, principles, historical development, theory and current practice of health promotion, as well as critical perspectives on health promotion and literacy concepts. The course is organized around an ecological framework, with a focus on theory and practice at the individual, group, community, organization and community levels. Students will analyze and critique the conceptual, ideological, and political issues that underlie health promotion practice. Student will also explore the concept and practice of health literacy in the Canadian context.




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MHI403
Contemporary Issues in Community Mental Health
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This course explores mental health from a holistic perspective. We start with exploring different worldviews of health/ mental health and examine alternative approaches to mental health treatment across different cultures. Building on social determinants of health framework, we examine the current finding and policy context of community mental health service delivery system in Canada. Throughout, we will consider the effects of social determinants of health (e.g. housing, income, education, employment) on the health of particular populations in Canada taking into account the rapidly changing demographics in different communities and discussing contemporary issues facing service providers. Students will examine effective and promising practices in improving community mental health.




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MHI504
Understanding Addiction
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This course examines the extent and nature of alcohol and other drug use from a bio-psychosocial perspective and suggests strategies for community-based practice. It offers theoretical explanations of drug use and dependence; provides a historical context for drug policy; and explores various strategies to deal with issues of substance abuse and abuse. A wide variety of problematic substance use will be explored, as well as problematic behavioral additions such as problem gambling. The course addresses fundamental topics such as common substances for use/abuse in Canada, pharmacological and emotional effects of substances, models and approaches to addiction treatment, withdrawal, impact of addiction and problematic use/abuse on family.




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Program Outcomes

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Analyze the symptoms of various mental health disorders in order to respond effectively to individuals and families in crisis.
  • Design appropriate responses to emergency mental health situations to mitigate crisis and create a safe environment.
  • Determine the support and counselling needed to diffuse a crisis situation.
  • Advocate for social change to reduce stigma around mental health.
  • Collaborate on an interdisciplinary team to serve the mental health needs in the community.
  • Design strategies and programs to promote healthy populations and protect human rights.
  • Analyze the relationship between social determinants of health, health policy, and practice in community settings to inform services provided to individuals and communities.

Program Contacts

Georgina Ioannou
Program Assistant
Georgina.Ioannou@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22946


Joanne Bonnet
Academic Program Manager
Joanne.Bonnet@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22528


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.