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Ministry-approved title: Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health
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The National Mental Health Institute estimates that by the age of forty, one in two Canadians will have experienced mental illness. As the demand for mental health services continues to rise, the need for qualified practitioners is becoming more vital than ever.
With Durham College’s (DC) Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health (HBMH) degree, students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and expertise to support individuals, organizations and institutions in a variety of mental health related areas, and make a significant contribution to the health and well-being of our communities.
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Durham College has been granted consent by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting June 15, 2022. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, DC will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. DC will ensure that all students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.
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Developed in response to the growing need for mental health services, this degree program prepares future practitioners with the skills and knowledge required to provide support and leadership within the evolving landscape of community mental health.
The HBMH program has been developed by DC in collaboration with subject matter experts and representatives from the private, non-profit and government sectors ranging in services and agencies from community mental health, adult and youth court diversion counselling, developmental disabilities and concurrent disorders, gender-based counselling services, health care, addiction services and academics in the field.
Built on the foundations of psychology, health promotion, counselling, social justice and equity and social science, this program will provide students with a strong cultural humility lens and thorough understanding of social factors to support the mental health of diverse populations including immigrants, refugees, Indigenous peoples, women and 2SLGBTQ+ clients.
Through a comprehensive mix of theoretical, research and applied courses, students will apply their knowledge in a mandatory 14-week, 420-hour experiential work placement, bridging the transition from the classroom to real-world experience. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and concrete skills to successfully enter community mental health roles in areas such as case management, crisis counselling, mental health promotion, addictions counselling, housing and advocacy consultancy, peer support, and residential youth work.
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2023-2024 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes.
More than 50% of this program is delivered in-person.
The rest of the coursework will be delivered using hybrid, flexible or online formats. Students will come to campus to complete in-person learning requirements. Detailed schedules, with course-specific delivery information, will be available after registration. Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
Students will have the opportunity to gain work-integrated learning experience in a supervised setting through a 14-week, 420-hour mandatory field placement between the sixth and seventh semesters. Field placement is an integral part of this degree program that allows the integration of field work with academic studies to enable students to better understand the practical application of methods and techniques for organizing activities and working collaboratively in the field.
Please note: There are costs associated with Electronic Student Permit Checking (ESPC), immunizations, lab tests and certifications. Be sure to keep all of your receipts for income tax purposes. These costs include:
It is required that students have completed the ESPC with Verified to be eligible for the field placement component of this program. You must (at your expense) provide:
Graduates will be well-prepared to pursue further graduate study in community mental health, counselling psychology or related fields, including the Master of Counselling Psychology degree program at the University of Western Ontario and graduate education programs at Carleton University and Sir Wilfrid Laurier University.
All eligible applicants to the Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health degree program for September 2023, with a combined minimum non-weighted average of 75 percent and higher, will be considered to receive a first-year entrance award:
For more information, please contact Admission Services.