Community Mental Health – Post-Credential Certificate – Online

Mental Health Practitioner program onlineIf you work with people, from infants to seniors, you will encounter mental health issues.

Lakeland's community mental health certificate program can help you support clients and patients.

Learn tools to help you help others who are dealing with addictions, depression, trauma and other issues and illnesses.

Our post-credential, online program will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to work effectively with everyday mental health and wellness issues.

The program focuses on:
  • awareness and prevention
  • supportive intervention
  • treatment strategies
  • advocacy and collaboration with community partners
This online program is designed for anyone who already has a degree, diploma or certificate. Courses can be taken part-time. There are 9 courses plus a final practicum placement where you can put what you've learned to work.

Note: Alberta Advanced Education granted credit status to the program in 2016.

Admission Requirements View More ∇
You should have completed a minimum of 30 post secondary credits and have studied courses including: 
  • Human development or introductory psychology
  • Interpersonal communications
Out-of-province students, or anyone who doesn't meet the admission requirements, should email Joanne McDonald at
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Required courses View More ∇
This program contains the following courses:
  • MH 200 Introduction to Mental Health
  • MH 201 Infant/Toddler Mental Health
  • MH 202 Concurrent Disorders
  • MH 203 Understanding Trauma
  • HS 203 Helping Relationships
  • YC 200 Ethics and Law
  • MH 204 Alternative Therapies
  • MH 205 Families and Community
  • MH 206 Pharmacology
  • MH 220 Mental Health Practicum

Students successfully completing all the courses listed will be awarded a Community Mental Health certificate.

    Important Dates/Course Schedule View More ∇
    Advice to online students: Please register at least 2 weeks before the course start date. Register online.

    Missed a course? Don't worry! We will be cycling our schedule (details to follow).

    Lakeland College reserves the right to cancel courses if there is insufficient enrolment. 

    Fall 2017
     September 18 - November 24

    Registration opens
    Aug 1
    Deadline Sept 5 2017
    MH 202 Concurrent Disorders
    MH 206 Pharmacology

    Winter 2018
    January 22 - March 30

    Registration opens Dec 1, 2017
    Deadline Jan 8, 2018
    MH 201 Infant/Toddler Mental Health
    Lakeland College is closed Dec 23 - Jan 2, inclusive MH 204 Alternative Therapies

    Spring 2018
    April 16 - June 22

    Registration opensMar 1, 2018
    Deadline April 2, 2018
    HS 200 Introduction to Mental Health
    MH 203 Understanding Trauma
    Tuition & Fees View More ∇

    Tuition and Fees

    Each course has a fee of $423.80. The practicum fee is $297.80. Text book costs will vary depending on the course.

    Student Aid Eligibility

    Online programs are delivered on a part-time basis and are not eligible for full time government student loans. However, you may be eligible for part-time student aid.

    If you are an Alberta residence, check out the province's student aid part-time student eligibility page for more information and application. If you aren't from Alberta, please contact your provincial student aid office.

    Withdrawal and Refund Policy:

    You will receive a full refund less a per course $100 administration fee if you withdraw within the first two weeks of your course start date. Please note: Lakeland College reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment.
    Application & Registration View More ∇
    This is a 2-step process.
    1. You must first apply to be in the program using applyalberta. Go to our Apply Now page to register online.
    2. Once you are accepted, you must register for the individual courses, using our continuing education registration form.
    Contact View More ∇
    For more information, please contact Joanne McDonald:
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    Applications received after December 8, 2017 will be deferred to a Spring 2018 start date.
    Course registration deadline is January 8, 2018--pending  course availability. 

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