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8 Semesters (4 Years)
Credential Awarded
Honours Bachelor Degree

About the Program

Seneca is the first college to offer this four-year specialized degree program in the growing field of community mental health.  Students will study a range of essential topics to gain foundational knowledge in theoretical interventions and social determinants by focusing on health science, psychology and social work from both a practical and theoretical standpoint. 

The World Health Organization has established there is an overwhelming worldwide human resource shortage in community mental health. One-fifth of Canadians will personally experience mental illness in their lifetime and in Ontario one in five 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.

Advanced Entry

Advanced entry allows graduates of Social Service Workers (SSW)  or Child and Youth Care (CYC) program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher to start this program in semester four. To apply, SSW graduates select  the ZBCMC program code and CYC graduates select the ZBCMH program code on or the Advanced Entry button on Apply Now.

This unique pathway allows you to earn a degree within two years (four semesters plus a work-term) after completion of a summer bridging stream.

Summer bridging stream includes the following 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 practices in Community Mental Health


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to challenge the status quo

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Professional expertise in order to assess community needs, plan, educate and administer recovery-oriented support services

Work Experience

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.

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options, such as:

  • Mental health worker

  • Case worker

  • Crisis counsellor 

  • Mental health promoter

  • Addictions counsellor

  • Housing and advocacy consultant

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