Certificate in Emergency Mental Health

Future Skills Grant: $3,500

This program is eligible for the Future Skills Grant (FSG), but there are currently no grant spaces available. 

To learn more about the FSG, please visit this website, or contact our CE department at (604) 527-5472 or cereg@douglascollege.ca .

The Certificate in Emergency Mental Health provides a structured theoretical and practical program designed to help individuals or professionals working in health care gain expertise in providing assessment and care to people experiencing mental health crises or emergencies. This program is particularly appropriate for emergency room staff, paramedics, firefighters and other first responders.

Tuition and information regarding the length of each course can be found on the course pages linked below. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be equipped to:

  • understand and apply professional standards, ethics and relevant legislation to EMH practice;
  • describe factors that contribute to triaging emergency mental health calls;
  • identify key elements of a safe working environment in EMH practice;
  • demonstrate an ability to complete a full mental health assessment;
  • understand an apply diagnostic criteria for mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, and identify assessment and intervention strategies related to EMH;
  • use critical thinking skills to effectively manage mental health emergencies;
  • describe clinical and workplace factors that may contribute to stress; and
  • describe and demonstrate techniques to help reduce work-related stress.


Program Admission

Admission requirements include: 

  • Proof of completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or proof of equivalent as outlined in detail here: /programs-courses/general-information/admissions; 
  • Proof of official designation in a health or human services profession - including registration or licensing with a regulatory body to ensure the professional is licensed to provide a specific level of care/risk assessment

To apply, please email cehsadmin@douglascollege.ca for more information. 


Each course has its own tuition fee. Tuition is noted on the individual course pages linked above. 

Program Duration

You have up to 18 months from your start date to complete all the courses required for the certificate. However, as courses are self-paced and registration is continuous, dedicated students may complete the entire program in less than the maximum time permitted.


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, you are awarded a Ƶ Certificate in Emergency Mental Health. This certificate is issued by the Graduation Office in the Office of the Registrar.

In order to receive the certificate, all three courses in the program must be completed. The first two theory courses can be completed on their own, but will not result in a certificate. 

For more information on the program and to register, please contact our Program Assistant by email cehsadmin@douglascollege.ca or by phone (604) 777-6405.