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Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health

Available: Fall

Program Description

Fill the need for enhanced mental health support in your community with our new Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health (BCMH) degree. Seneca is the first college in the province to offer this highly specialized degree in the growing field of community mental health. You'll graduate with the expertise required to make a meaningful contribution to the well-being of individuals, families and groups in your community.

There is a growing need for professionals in community mental health organizations as the World Health Organization has established there is an overwhelming worldwide human resource shortage in this area. One-fifth of Canadians will personally experience mental illness in their lifetime and in Ontario 1 in 5 children and youth under the age of 17 has a mental health challenge. Mental health problems are predicted to increase by over 50% internationally by the year 2020.

In this cross-disciplinary degree you’ll focus on theoretical interventions based on the social determinants of health. Your curriculum will encourage you to think analytically and conceptually, challenge the status quo, identify problems, create solutions and engage others to support community mental health needs with the vision of creating a community where everyone can thrive. You'll gain a foundation of knowledge in social determinants and explore courses in health science, trauma informed practice, psychology and social work from both a practical and theoretical standpoint. You'll critically analyze subjects in community health and wellness, emotional and mental health of individuals, families and communities and the protection and promotion of the health of individuals and communities. You'll also develop the necessary real-world skills to make a difference in community mental health by assessing community needs, planning, educating, and administering recovery-oriented support services.



8 Semesters (4 Years)

Credential Awarded

Honours Bachelor Degree

Your Career

Upon graduation you'll have the opportunity to pursue careers in a variety of community settings such as community mental health support agencies, organizations, healing, corrections and rehabilitation and community centres in the areas of mental health and illness education, promotion, intervention and recovery. You may find employment as a:

  • Mental Health Worker
  • Case Worker
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Mental Health Promoter
  • Addictions Counsellor
  • Housing and Advocacy Consultant

Work-Integrated Learning

Mandatory Degree Work Term

A work experience that includes at least one term in a formal work environment. The work term(s) may be a paid or unpaid position that is completed between two academic semesters and requires a minimum of 420 hours of work. Students must be in good standing and meet all identified requirements prior to participating in the work experience. The successful completion of the work term(s) is required for graduation. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee that a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for the mandatory degree work term regardless of success in securing a work position.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum overall average of 65%, or a mature applicant (21 years or older and has been out of high school for a minimum of two years). Mature applicants should disclose all previous postsecondary transcripts which may be used for admission decisions.

Required course - minimum final grade of 65%:

  • English: Grade 12 ENG 4 (U)

Applicants must meet Seneca English Proficiency requirements for degree programs.

Students must apply for, and receive a clear vulnerable sector police check before field placement.

Program Costs

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Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Students who have successfully achieved a 3.0 GPA through completion of the Social Service Worker program or the Child and Youth Care program, may be considered into the 5th semester of the Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health program, after a bridge semester in the summer.

Summer Bridge Courses
MHB399 Advanced Studies in Community Mental Health
MHB499 Health and Community Psychology
MHB599* Introduction to Mental Health and Addiction
MHB699* Crisis Counselling and Therapeutic Approaches
MHB799 Trauma Methods and Practice in Community Mental Health
* Not required for bridging from the Child and Youth Care program.

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Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 55013

Student Recruitment

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416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Farah Jindani 416.491.5050 ext. 55028

Program Chair

Biljana Bruce 416.491.5050 ext. 55002

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network