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Area of Study
Clinical and fieldwork placement
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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 (MHA).
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.
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.
Find out more about upcoming networking and information sessions occurring at Camosun.
Current information for School of Health and and Human Services students and IMHA specific handbook sections.
An investment in your career
Invest in yourself! One year at Camosun can advance your career in the Interprofessional field of mental health and addictions, particularly as it relates to the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
Effective from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.
The Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions program is a comprehensive and challenging program, condensed into 11 months of study, to prepare you for work in the field of mental health and addictions.
What to expect
Because this is a graduate program, you’ll find it to your advantage to be proficient with word-processing and research skills acquired in your undergraduate studies. You should expect to spend 16-20 hours each week on course content, assignments, projects, and studying. The time commitment may decrease as you become skilled at using the online learning platform and reading of texts and other resources. Depending on your experience and interests, the practicum component could include project work.
Curriculum & courses
Ready to get started? Get your application in for the September intake.
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. Please submit proof of degree completion directly to Admissions Department. Other degrees and experience in a helping role may be considered; check with the Program Leader for determination.
- Resume - Please forward resume listing work and volunteer experience to Program Leader.
- Statement of Intention - Submission of a 400-500 word statement to the Program Leader outlining career goals and motivation for entering the program.
Our Teaching Staff
Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students’ individual journeys.
Chair of Community, Family and Child Studies Department
Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.