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Build a foundation of psychological concepts and learn how to describe and understand:

  • Mental Health
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Addictions
  • Interventions

Learn more about assessment, treatment, and self-help strategies within individual, group, family, and community contexts.

This certificate program will provide you with a comprehensive curriculum in mental health and addictions education, to deal with employees, clients, family members, and friends, through your place of employment, volunteer activities, or personal situations.

This is an Open Admissions program, which means you do not need to apply before enrolling in courses. It is comprised of degree-credit courses that you may potentially transfer towards an undergraduate degree program.

What Will You Learn?

Two introductory courses will provide you with a foundation in psychology by examining the basic principles and applications to everyday experience.

You will then focus on the psychology of addictions and disorders. Some of the disorders you will explore include: depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and eating disorders.

Electives will allow you to explore your specific areas of interest, including:

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Drugs and Human Behaviour
  • Psychology and Law
  • Child Development
  • Human Brain Circuitry
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • The psychology of:
    • Health and Health care
    • Immigration
    • Human Sexuality
  • Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  • Adjustment, Stress, and Coping
  • Behaviour Modification
  • Community Psychology

Who Should Take This Certificate?

This certificate is designed for individuals who require knowledge of mental health and addictions to understand the circumstances of employees, clients, family members, or friends in their places of employment, volunteer activities, or personal situations.

The certificate has an academic focus. It is comprised of degree-credit courses that you may potentially transfer towards an undergraduate degree program.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our instructors are experts drawn from across the field of psychology who translate theory into practical, applied knowledge. Experienced and in-touch, our instructors bring up-to-date knowledge to every course.

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Industry and Careers

This certificate program can provide you with a strong foundation if you plan to pursue further post-secondary studies in psychology.

The courses will provide you with a comprehensive overview of mental health and addictions education, which may help you deal with employees, clients, family members, and friends, through your place of employment, volunteer activities, or personal situations.

The certificate is comprised of degree-credit courses that you may potentially transfer towards an undergraduate degree program.

Note: To become a psychologist, you must obtain a master’s degree and/or doctoral degree. Completing this certificate will not allow you to practice psychology, offer psychological services, or represent yourself as a psychologist. The certificate has an academic focus, rather than a career preparation focus. It does not provide professional training either directly, or via a practicum or placement opportunities. It can be used as a stepping stone towards a career in the area, but does not typically provide immediate career opportunities upon its completion.

Certificate Requirements

  • 4 required courses
  • 6 electives*
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

*Select 2 (or 3) selections from Electives – Group A and 3 (or 4) courses from Electives – Group B.

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Recommended Course Sequence

We recommend you take CPSY 102 first, as it’s a prerequisite for most of the other courses in the certificate.

Admission Criteria 

Recommended:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits

OR

  • Mature student status with 3 years of professional experience in business, community service, or industry
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Awards and Financial Aid

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Contact Us

Questions? Contact Brian Rabinowicz, Academic Coordinator.

Email:  brabinow@ryerson.ca

Additional Details

Courses

You may only select 1 of CPSY 214 or CPSY 607. If you choose to take 2 courses from this category, you will need to complete 4 courses from Electives – Group B to fulfill the certificate requirements; if you take 3 courses, you will need to complete 3 courses from Electives – Group B.