Community Mental Health Worker

Community Mental Health Worker

  • Program Length 
    26 Weeks
  • Credential 
    Certificate
  • Location Offered 
    Cowichan, Nanaimo

The Program

The Community Mental Health Worker Program will define entry level competencies for employment in the field of community mental health. It is based on the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation.

Program Outline

Semester 1

Credits

CMHW 110 - (Community Mental Health Worker I)

3

CMHW 111 - (Community Mental Health Worker II)

3

CMHW 115 - (Building Therapeutic Relationships)

3

CMHW 120 - (Support Strategies)

3

Total Semester Credits

12

Semester 2

Credits

CMHW 125 - (Professional Issues)

2

CMHW 130 - (Health Care Basics)

3

CMHW 135 - (Addictions and Mental Health Issues)

3

CMHW 140 - (Practicum)

5

Total Semester Credits

13

Total Credits

25

Completion Requirements

  • Students must successfully complete all seven courses and the practicum in the program.
  • Students are required to attend all scheduled lectures, observations, examinations and practicum hours. If you do not meet the attendance requirements, you will not qualify to receive the program certificate.
Updated 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Admission Requirements

Notes on Admission

  • Proof of successful completion of the following must be received well in advance of the practicum experience.
    • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (HHNC 001) or recently completed equivalent course
    • Current Standard First Aid with Level “C” CPR.
    • Immunizations (Hepatitis B, MMR, Flu vaccines, Negative TB screen)
    • Foodsafe Certificate.
  • Criminal Record Check: Practicums will require a satisfactory criminal record check prior to placement. Criminal Record Checks are requested through VIU. The Registration Centre at VIU will contact prospective students by mail regarding the requirements for a Criminal Record Check. Criminal Record Checks are processed through the Ministry according to the Criminal Records Review Act. A check completed through the RCMP is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the Act.
  • It is highly recommended that applicants complete OSME 002 - (Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology) or an equivalent course.
  • Applicants with previous experience in health care area preferred (but not required).
  • Enrolment in this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.

Note: To view current course offerings and register check the Professional Development and Training web page.

Start Date and Application Deadline

This program is offered at the Nanaimo and Cowichan Campuses. For further information check the Nanaimo and Cowichan Program Availability Lists.

Career Opportunities

This certificate is recognized as a qualification for employment for mental health worker positions within the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA). VIHA has recently indicated an increasing demand for qualified mental health workers across the Island with many positions anticipated in the central Vancouver Island region.

As part of a multi-disciplinary team providing client-focused treatment and rehabilitation, Community Mental Health Workers can choose to work in a variety of institutional, residential and community settings.

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fee Table

Amount

Tuition

7,723.05

Student Activity fee (25 credits x $8.87 per credit)

221.75

VIU Students' Union fee* (6 months x $19.12 per month)

114.72

Total

8,059.52

Notes

* Amounts calculated using Nanaimo Campus rates.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus. 

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Sunday, April 1, 2018
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