2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program and course delivery

This program is offered in Seneca's hybrid delivery format. Some coursework is online and some must be completed in person. Students will need to come on campus to complete in-person learning requirements.

About the Program

This eight-month graduate certificate program enhances the knowledge and skill sets of front line service providers or recent graduates of relevant programs with a specialization in mental health intervention. Along with studying theoretical and practical course content in family dynamics, community mental health and crisis intervention, you will be introduced to practical applications of the latest research and develop an understanding of risk, protective factors as well as early intervention applications. This training will prepare you to provide expertise to individuals and families in need of support.

During your second semester, the unique ‘Community Outreach’ course challenges your abilities to innovate new practices in the field. You will be placed on a team with fellow students where you will develop original modules based on best practices in mental health detection, prevention and outreach thereby contributing to the expansion of mental health knowledge and practices to the broader community.

As a graduate of this program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you are eligible to pursue Seneca’s Honours Bachelor of Mental Health and Addiction (BMHA) degree program. Students need to apply on an individual basis and have their transcripts reviewed by the BCMH Academic Co-ordinator to determine the transfer credits that they would be qualified to receive.

This program begins in May and ends in December.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Research 
  • Practical applications 

  • Ability to use good judgment

Your Career

Graduates of the program can explore the following career options:

  • Front line service providers

  • Public safety and corrections officers

  • Emergency response and health practitioners

  • Community and social service workers