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4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma

About the Program

In this two-year diploma program you will gain the required knowledge and skills for the human service field and be challenged to examine your own values and beliefs to make a meaningful contribution to the profession. Your studies will include a range of topics in styles of lecture and tutorial-based, utilizing assigned texts which stress interpersonal skills, group dynamics, interviewing, counselling, relationship-building, community development and social policy. By combining your theoretical knowledge and field placement experiences you will also take part in a variety of classroom, seminar and experiential modalities. Upon graduation you will possess a comprehensive set of human service skills which are transferable to a wide range of settings and employment options.  

As a graduate of this program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you are eligible to pursue Seneca’s Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health program. This unique pathway allows you to earn a degree within two years (4 semesters plus a work-term) after completion of a summer bridging stream.

Completion of the 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:

  • Counselling
  • Effective membership and leadership in group settings

  • Working with families 

  • Plan and evaluate programs

  • Assess community resources

  • Co-ordinate service delivery

Work Experience

Field Work

Over the course of your program, you will be required to complete a field work placement in a professional setting. This placement will help you explore roles in community, health, education and institutional environments. The minimum commitment is the successful completion of specific periods as set out in the field placement student contract. These periods are typically:

  • The equivalent of two full days per week in semesters two, three and four

  • Full week block placements as scheduled throughout the program duration

Your Career

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of employers waiting for you:

  • Programs for youth, women and persons of disabilities
  • Housing
  • Community development
  • Rehabilitation
  • Mental health

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