Advance your professional skills
If you have a relevant baccalaureate degree, the Post-Degree Diploma in Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions (IMHA) prepares you to engage in the assessment, planning, treatment and evaluation of older teens and adults experiencing acute, persistent, and/or co-occurring mental health and addiction challenges. We also offer a Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions.
The Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions Post-Degree (IMHA) diploma will provide students with advanced knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with people affected by mental health and/or addiction/substance use challenges. Applying the Psychosocial Recovery framework, students will gain the necessary knowledge, theoretical frameworks, assessment skills, and counselling interventions to help individuals and their families navigate recovery from mental health and addiction challenges. There is a strong emphasis on applied learning and students will gain skills in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and stage-wise case-management.
Using a combination of online and seminar class styles, this graduate program offers a variety of opportunities to apply skills and knowledge for further career advancement in the area of mental health and addictions.
“IMHA opened my mind to new approaches in the Mental Health and Addictions field, and opened my mind to where I might move my career.” - IMHA Graduate
Who are our students?
You’ll study with students from a variety of disciplines:
- Nurses, child and youth workers, teachers, social workers and university students pursuing psychology and other arts and science degrees
- Recent graduates from the humanities wanting professional qualifications
- Working professionals wanting to upgrade their education
- Professionals seeking re-training
IMHA was developed in collaboration with Vancouver Island Health Authority. Our students are recognized for their specialized training enabling them to work with interprofessional teams addressing the complex needs of individuals and families with mental health and addiction challenges. IMHA graduates are working in diverse settings such as group homes, treatment centers, community agencies, assertive community teams and hospitals.
The program starts in September. The practicum component will include 20 hours per week at a practice site plus seminar and online learning time. You’ll attend approximately fifteen mandatory face-to-face seminars, combined with online learning at the college over the year. All students must attend the orientation.
This program is available through distance delivery across Canada and internationally. Distance students who do not live on Vancouver Island may not be expected to attend all the face-to-face seminars. Consult the Program Leader for more information.
Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions
- Post-degree diploma
- 11 months
- Study Options
- Work Experience
- 13 week practicum (20 hr/week)
- Health & Human Services