Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions, Post-Degree Diploma

A career with meaning.

Program at a glance

Credential

Post-Degree Diploma

Area of Study

Human Services

Study options

Blended delivery

Work experience

Clinical and fieldwork placement

Open to International

No

Length

11 months

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Alex and Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness

Advance your professional skills

Start in September

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.

Blended delivery

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

Career options

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.

Next offering

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.

IMHA Info Sessions 

Find out more about upcoming networking and information sessions occurring at Camosun.

HHS Student Handbook 

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.

Estimated tuition

Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

$4,209 (domestic)

Additional Student Fees

Applied learning

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

Admission Requirements

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.

All of:

  • 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.

For more detailed information about this program, see the Academic Calendar.

Academic Calendar

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.

Faculty/staff profile

Jeanne Puritch

Jeanne Puritch

Chair of Community, Family and Child Studies Department

Jeanne is the Chair of the Community, Family and Child Studies Department at Camosun College. Programs in this department include:  EACS Certi ... Read more

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Michelle Bass, IMHA Program Leader

Michelle Bass

Program Leader, Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions (IMHA)

Faculty/staff profile

Miriam

Miriam Curtis

Practice Placement Coordinator

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Kristin Ross

Kristin Ross

Instructor

Kristin combines her broad-based experience and knowledge to facilitate student learning and prepare our graduates to support people living with menta ... Read more

Faculty/staff profile

Jody Watson, MHA Program Leader

Jody Watson

Instructor and Program Leader, MHA

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Learn more

Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.

Contact information

Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions

Campus location

Camosun College Interurban
Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health & Wellness (CHW)
4461 Interurban Road
Victoria BC V9E 2C1

Location link

Interurban Campus

250-370-4072

hhsinfo@camosun.ca