Mental Health and Disability Management - 475

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
One year or less
Support clients with dual diagnoses across the lifespan through the use of intervention strategies, research or policy development.

Program Highlights

  • First program in Ontario to focus on Mental Health and Disability Management.
  • Flexible learning available based on 2 program delivery options.

What you’ll learn

  • Learn about mental health and disability separately in Semester 1 and how clients present with complex conditions as part of dual diagnoses in Semester 2.

  • Practice intervention strategies appropriate for clients and families.

  • Engage in simulation exercises that build awareness and empathy.

  • Develop knowledge translation skills to successfully work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

  • Work directly with clients or behind the scenes through research or policy development.

Program Length

  • Fall intake: 3 semesters (40 weeks) with classes offered in the evenings using a blended delivery (Fall: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5 pm to 8:30 pm; Winter: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 5 pm to 8:30 pm); Spring field placement is in-person.
  • Winter intake: 3 semesters (40 weeks) with classes offered fully online in the Winter and Spring semesters; Fall field placement is in-person.

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Program delivery

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  • 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.

Tuition and Fees

2021 - 2022 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $781.08 $712.05 $584.34
Co-op Fees N/A N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $82.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $2,278.39 $2,278.39 $2,278.39
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $3,059.47 $3,072.44 $2,862.73
Total 1st Year Fees $8,994.64

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

2021 - 2022 International Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,600.00 $8,600.00 $8,600.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $82.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester $9,050.00 $9,057.00 $8,975.00
Total 1st Year Fees $27,082.00

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Additional Information

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Complete a capstone project that allows students from the Mental Health and Disability Management and Brain Disorders Management programs to work collaboratively, using problem-based learning.
  • Receive hands-on experience through a field placement.
  • Engage in simulation exercises to practise clinical interviewing skills and awareness about mental health conditions.

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

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.

Career Opportunities

Your future career options

  • Support clients through the use of informal counselling techniques, return to work planning, and life skills training
  • Engage in research or policy development

Where you could work includes:

  • Non-profits
  • Hospitals
  • School boards
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Research institutions


Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Program Coordinator

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Anne-Marie DePape

Community Studies - Academic and Field Placement Coordinator/Professor


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Domestic Canadian Students

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International Students

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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

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Phone: 1-905-575-2254

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

Accessible Learning Services

Are you a student with a confirmed or suspected disability? Visit our Accessible Learning Services website to discover how we can help you.

Program Coordinator

Head Shot of Anne-Marie DePape

Anne-Marie DePape

Community Studies - Academic and Field Placement Coordinator/Professor

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).

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Melanie Extance

The amount of networking I was able to do while in this program through the established relationships my professors had with: employers, research analysts, community organizations, etc. has had the most positive impact on my future career and educational pursuits. Through networking, I was able to hone in on my skill set strengths and finally found my calling to work, study and make changes to our current education system. The MHDM program and Mohawk College have made it possible for me to make a difference for marginalized individuals.

Melanie '18

Jenna Stephen

I feel that this program has already affected my career in such a positive way. The placement has really helped me broaden my experience and helped me apply my knowledge and training from the program before entering in on my own. This has given me a clearer idea about the mental health industry and I feel very prepared to enter it.

Jenna '18

Sophia Piro

My experience with this program was nothing short of enjoyable. The coursework was extremely interesting, but my favourite part was the guest speaker series. Each week we had members from various community organizations come in and talk to us about their work and background. This really allowed each student to learn about the different areas of work within the field of MH&D and gage where they would like to compete their placement. The program faculty and staff are passionate about what they do and that is translated in the lectures and materials. Further, throughout the program you have the opportunity to complete training for important certificates such as SafeTALK, Mental Health First Aide, and ASSIST. This allows you to graduate with needed qualifications, and a much improved resume!

Sophia '18

Emma Marsden

I chose the MHDM program because it provided me with the opportunity to learn how use my education in the workplace. The guest lectures, workshops, and field placement offered an interactive approach to learning unique from my previous education. The incorporation of multiple different learning styles within the curriculum exceeded my expectations. Not only did I come away from this program with a post-graduate certificate, but I gained new knowledge, professional skills, and potential for employment as well. The MHDM program was the perfect way to transition from school into the workplace.

Emma '18

Janet Greener

The Mental Health & Disabilities Management program connected my previous education and work experience with new knowledge and skills relevant to working with complex care needs. The professors know that working in a multi-disciplinary field requires advanced personal and group dynamic skills and this was a priority in the program. Guest speakers, student facilitated discussions, and capstone projects took the knowledge out of the classroom and applied it to real-world scenarios and situations. Since graduation, I have opened an education centre for children & youth with developmental disabilities and/or mental health conditions. This program gave me the skills and confidence to pursue change and find solutions within my community.

Janet '20


The Mental Health and Disabilities Management program provided me with a strong combination of theoretical and practical knowledge about methods used to help combat the symptoms of a wide scope of mental health disorders and disabilities. Along with my placement experience, I was set up extremely well for my career. I completed my placement at Lutherwood, an organization that provides a variety of services for youth in the Waterloo area. Within weeks of finishing my student placement, they hired me as a Child and Youth Counsellor.  

Anthony '21