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Psychosocial Rehabilitation Certificate

Program Overview

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Spring
School: Continuing Education - Health and Nursing
Program Number: 016
Delivery: Online
Accreditation: Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) is an approach to service delivery that supports the recovery of people living with mental health challenges. Participants gain an understanding of the foundations of the approach as well as core knowledge of, and experience with, skills related to incorporating the approach within mental health practices and programs. Many graduates pursue and successfully achieve a CPRP (Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner) through the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

Admission Requirements

  • A degree/diploma/certificate in a relevant field.
  • If you do not have any related knowledge/experience in mental health, HLTH10016 (Mental Health Intro) is a recommended starting point.

Program of Studies

This program of study applies to students starting Fall 2016.

Students currently in progress should contact us regarding a strategy for completion.

Click on the course title for a course description.

How do I apply to Graduate?

When you receive your final grades for all the courses in the program, you may apply for your Certificate. Visit the Preparation for Convocation page for more information.

Learning Outcomes:

The student will:

  1. Describe the origins of psychosocial rehabilitation.
  2. Apply key concepts in clinical scenarios.
  3. Give in his/her own words the principles of PSR.
  4. Apply PSR principles at the individual level by analyzing and developing examples.
  5. Describe the evolution of consumer and practitioner roles and relationships.
  6. Identify appropriate current practitioner attitudes and approaches to working with individuals.


Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition

Students who have prior education and/or training that matches the outcomes of HSCIPSR01 Psychosocial Rehabilitation Foundations may be eligible to earn full credit and be exempted from taking the course through a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. For more information email the PLAR Office.

What type of job will I be eligible to apply for when I graduate from the PSR Program?

Most of the students who enroll in the program are currently working within a mental health service and are seeking to enhance their understanding of and their ability to support mental health recovery. However, a growing number of our students are interested in entering the field of mental health either as peer support worker on other mental health pracitioner. While we cannot assure a graduate of entry into the field, we know that mental health service providers value what we offer and look favorably upon someone who has a PSR certificate. We know that participating in volunteer work within a mental health service has supported some of our graduates in securing a position. We encourage you to research the types of positions available within your community; speak with local mental health service providers; ask about their job entry requirements and the path to employment that they recommend.


Doug Wheeler - a DE student who lives and works in the Yukon:

"I am relatively unskilled with computer stuff. The technical support was excellent, and I felt the College made an effort to include me, three time zones away, in the chat portion of the course. The materials provided were what I needed to answer the weekly projects."
“Even though I had prior knowledge of PSR, from experience and from reading the literature … I felt this course (PSR01) settled me more firmly into the essence of the meaning of PSR."

Liz Powell - a student in Elliot Lake, Ontario:

"As a consumer, survivor, you can quote me as saying that the courses are a marvelous learning experience, not just for working in the field, but as an extraordinary means of personal growth."

Karen Niemi-Stevens - from Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she is the Manager/Team Leader of the Thunder Bay Assertive Community Treatment Team:

"I can't say enough about how much I have valued the opportunity to be doing this course on-line. First, about the venue. Well, without on-line access, training in PSR just wasn't available here in Thunder Bay. Now having experienced it, I'm hooked on Internet education. I'm a good self-directed learner; I don't need direct people contact to keep myself motivated in the learner arena. Ease of access and comfort of my home environment are very big pluses which compensate for the lack of live interaction. .. Second, about the content. From early on, I have been, and continue to be, a big promoter of this program - I tell anyone who will listen that I have never in my career taken a course that so closely relates to my day-to-day work. What a beautiful way to translate my professional background to a skill set that allows me to do what I do best in an approach/style that truly makes sense and really does work! ... To anyone who has the inclination or the opportunity, I say "don't hesitate", there isn't another course out there, that I am aware of, that makes more sense than this one for anyone who is involved in any way in the provision of services to folks with a serious mental illness."

Here's a comment from another Karen.

"This is my first experience learning through the Internet and it has been a rewarding one. Other distance education courses require a great deal of discipline when it comes to submitting assignments, as does this one. However, the difference is in the weekly expectations for getting assignments in - this really keeps me motivated. Another positive aspect is the networking available through the chats. You have excellent instructors and, in my opinion, for me this is the best way to learn."

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