IMHA students come from different professional backgrounds and disciplines which impacts what jobs they apply for. Students with a relevant bachelor's degree and an IMHA diploma may qualify for positions such as Case Workers, Team Managers and/or Mental Health and Substance use Counsellors.
When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.
|Bachelor's Degree||A Baccalaureate degree in Child and Youth Care, Education, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, or Social Work from a recognized post-secondary institution. Other degrees and experience in a helping role may be considered; check with the Program Leader for determination|
|Resume||Resume listing work and volunteer experience|
|Statement of Intention||Submission of a 400-500 word statement outlining career goals and motivation for entering the program.|
Why are certain degrees specified for admission?
The specified degrees include a comprehensive knowledge base and a substantial practicum experience. This experience is necessary as a foundation upon which to build skills and knowledge in the IMHA program. For degrees without this type of practicum, it is important to have developed this knowledge and skill base through experience.
- Criminal Record Check: During this program, you may be working with children and/or vulnerable adults. In order to participate in work integrated learning experiences, such as a practicum or work term, you will need to complete a criminal record check through the Ministry of Justice for Camosun College. Camosun will email you with information on how to complete the Criminal Record Check (CRC) process. You are responsible for all associated costs.
- Students must provide evidence they do not have active TB. Acceptable evidence is a negative TB skin test or a negative chest x-ray. Evidence must be dated no more than six months before practicum start date. Students are responsible for the cost of the testing. An additional TB test is required after each possible exposure to TB and/or travel within an area where there is a known prevalence of TB.
You must complete each theory course with a minimum "B-" grade, and receive passing evaluations in the practicum course to successfully complete the program. If you successfully complete the program you will receive a Post-Degree Diploma in Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions.
Graduates use the following designation: PDD–IMHA.
What kind of applicant are you?
Camosun has three different applicant categories:
- Current BC/Yukon High School Student
Note: Current high school students are not eligible to apply to this program.