Psychosocial Rehabilitation - 016

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) is an approach to service delivery that supports the recovery of people living with mental health challenges.

Explore the foundations and framework of the approach through the psychiatric rehabilitation process. Gain skills related to incorporating PSR within mental health practices and program, measure PSR outcomes and more.

Many graduates pursue and successfully achieve a CPRP (Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner) through the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (opens new window).

To review the admission requirements for this program, and to apply, please visit the Admissions & Registrations tab.

If you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

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Continuing Education Health and Nursing
  • A degree or diploma 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.

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing 

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.


Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Key practitioner roles in mental health are presented, including: community support, peer support, vocational rehabilitation and housing support. Students will examine how the recovery and psychosocial rehabilitation approaches are integrated within mental health practitioner roles, as well as determine the specific competencies integral to each of the roles. Weekly chats will be held.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCIPSR01
Course description: The Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) approach enhances mental health recovery by supporting people who are recovering their mental health and well-being. Examine the vision, intention, philosophy, interventions and application of the PSR approach.
Credits: 3
Course description: Focuses on applying the PSR framework within programs. The measurement of PSR outcomes will be described and a range of PSR programs will be illustrated. You will explore how Practitioners can support program change. Weekly chat sessions will be held.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCIPSR01
Course description: You will learn and practice components of the three phases of the psychiatric rehabilitation process: diagnosing, planning and implementation. Developing strategies for engaging individuals in, and supporting them through the process will be emphasized. Weekly chat sessions will be held.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCIPSR01
Course description: Study current developments and issues in PSR. Weekly chat sessions.
Prerequisites: HSCIPSR01
Course description: Consolidate your learning of the PSR approach with the design of a strategy to address an identified need and/or gap in a mental health service. Involvement of people recovering their mental health and wellbeing is emphasized. Liaison with a site contact and the course instructor is imperative.
Prerequisites: HSCIPSR02 and HSCIPSR03 and HSCIPSR05 and HSCI10092

Program Length

Approximately 1 to 2 years
* subject to change

Approximately $430* per theory course, $535* for Independent Study

Intakes Fall, Winter
Application Process

Students must apply and be accepted prior to registering (See Admission & Registration tab)


The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path.


Course Code Course Name Fall
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
HSCIPSR01 Psychosocial Rehabilitation Foundations OntarioLearn


HSCIPSR02 Mental Health Services   OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
HSCIPSR03 Psychiatric Rehabilitation Process OntarioLearn   OntarioLearn
HSCI10092 Mental Health Practitioner Competencies OntarioLearn OntarioLearn  
HSCIPSR05 Current Trends in Mental Health   OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
HSCISR06 Independent Study In Psychosocial Rehabilitation OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn

"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."

Doug Wheeler (Yukon)

"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."

Liz Powell (Elliot Lake, ON)

"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."

Karen Niemi-Stevens (Thunder Bay, ON), Manager/Team Leader of the Thunder Bay Assertive Community Treatment Team

"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."

Karen Niemi-Stevens (Thunder Bay, ON), Manager/Team Leader of the Thunder Bay Assertive Community Treatment Team

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.

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 favourably 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.

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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 [at] (PLAR) Office.

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