Northwest Community College's Aboriginal Community Mental Health Worker Certificate will provide the basis for entry level employment in the mental health field.
This course provides an opportunity for study in the following areas:
- principles used in recovery and psychosocial rehabilitation, knowledge and skills in assisting individuals with mental health issues to maximize their independence,
- skills in running group sessions on health, wellness, symptom management, and assertiveness,
- fundamental knowledge and skills for effective responses to clients experiencing co-existing alcohol and other drug dependency addiction and mental illness,
- importance of culture in working with people with addictions and mental health issues,
- preparation to function collaboratively as a member of the community mental health team.
Through a combination of class, lab and practicum experience, learners will be prepared to meet the challenge of assisting those who face various mental health issues.
The aboriginal community mental health worker program includes courses on First Nations Health Studies as well as an Advanced English.