Brain Disorders Management - 470

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
One year or less
Use a lifespan approach while building brain plasticity and resilience through a variety of intervention strategies for clients and families.

Program Highlights

  • First program in Ontario to focus on brain disorders management.
  • Blended course delivery with in-class and online components.
  • Prepares you to support clients with brain disorders or work behind the scenes in research, program evaluation and policy or curriculum development.

What you'll learn

  • Translate information using a variety of mediums including lunch and learn style presentations, seminar discussions, written reports and digital poster displays.
  • Apply intervention strategies, including such as solution-focused coaching, motivational interviewing and supportive conversation techniques, when working with clients and families.
  • Receive hands-on experience through a field placement.

Program Length

3 semesters (40 weeks) with classes offered in the evenings (Fall: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00 - 8:30pm; Winter: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 5:00 - 8:30pm) using a blended delivery

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Fall 2020 program delivery

Learn more about virtual and remote learning and how programs will be delivered this fall.




Tuition and Fees

2020 - 2021 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $704.51 $698.20 $562.71
Co-op Fees N/A N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $80.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $2,170.66 $2,170.66 $2,170.66
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,875.17 $2,948.86 $2,733.37
Total 1st Year Fees $8,557.40

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2020 - 2021 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,376.00 $8,432.00 $8,432.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $80.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester $8,826.00 $8,887.00 $8,807.00
Total 1st Year Fees $26,520.00

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Additional Information


  • Minimum two-year college diploma or university degree.  Preference will be given to applicants with a diploma or degree in Community Services or Health Sciences
  • Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment
  • Attendance at program orientation is strongly recommended 
  • Proof of English proficiency for applicants where English is not their first language must be submitted to Ontario Colleges

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Engage in a variety of learning styles, including field trips.
  • Complete a capstone project that allows students from the Brain Disorders Management and Mental Health and Disability Management programs to work collaboratively, using problem-based learning.
  • Simulation exercises to build empathy about psychosis and physical elements associated with aging.
  • Experience a 336 hour unpaid Field Placement.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 


Field placements

  • Field placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending field placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to field placements within or outside the Hamilton region
  • Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the criminal code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter placement
  • Students may be required to complete various Immunizations and Disease Screening protocols required by some field placement agencies

For more information regarding the unpaid field placement, please contact anita.okeeffe [at] (subject: Field%20Placement%20Inquiry, body: Hello%20Anita%2C%0A) (the field placement specialist.)



Your future career options

  • Support clients with brain disorders including those with autism, dementia, stroke and concussion through cognitive and physical rehabilitation, and life skills training.
  • Conduct research, program evaluation and policy or curriculum development involving brain disorders.
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team in a variety of private, non-profit and government settings.

Where you could work includes:

  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Athletic Centres
  • Hospitals
  • Research Institutions
  • Schools and School Boards
  • Retirement Homes
  • Non-Profits

Where you can go next

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

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Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

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Contact International
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

Contact International Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact International Admissions
Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

Accessible Learning Services

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Program Coordinator

Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Tracey Richardson

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2020

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Jay Dukeshire

I would highly recommend the Brain Disorders Management program to anyone looking to further develop their knowledge of many diverse brain disorders. You will learn how they develop, what parts of the brain are responsible and if they can be treated, managed or even prevented across the lifespan. It was a privilege to be part of such a fantastic program! I’m going to miss my classmates and the faculty from this program.

Jay '18

Ramsha Hassan

To all newcomers and new applicants, I highly recommend this program if you are looking for a specific career in the field of brain injuries and disorders. Not only will you be provided with direct experience through your placement but the program will provide you with extensive knowledge, case study management experience, and other skills relevant to the field. I would also like to add that the flexible hours of the program and online course delivery will make it extremely convenient for you if you are employed or have other commitments.

Ramsha '18 

Portrait of Hannah S.

The Brain Disorders Management program taught me how different aspects of brain disorders and mental health interplays in regards to family relations, legal implications and community services. This training allowed me and my classmates to move from theory to practice when assisting people with brain disorders. My education prepared me for my current role, working in the research department of the Grand Erie District School Board. My responsibilities include implementing program evaluations for the mental health workers employed by the board. – Hannah ‘19


After graduating with a degree in Speech-Language Sciences, I had a lot of knowledge in one particular area. Still, I lacked the tools required for day-to-day practice as a healthcare provider. The Brain Disorders Management program taught me to understand the implications of brain disorders on not only our clients but also on their families and caregivers. I am now a Rehabilitation Therapist in the Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation Unit at Hamilton General Hospital. I facilitate cognitive rehabilitation in the areas of life skills, social skills and community integration, with an emphasis on remediating challenging behaviours in individuals who have acquired brain injuries. - Andrea '19