Learning about counselling is a healing experience in itself. Since 1985 the College of Mental Health Counselling has provided practical skills training worldwide for helping professionals, for people who want to become counsellors, and for people who just want to improve themselves.
1. What kind of certification does the College provide? Answer: The College is a self-regulating professional body that provides standards of practice for members. Upon a review of credentials or with training and supervision from the College, members are recognized in three categories of Registered Mental Health Counsellor: Intern (RMHC-I), Full (RMHC-F), and Supervisor (RMHC-S). After the first year of counselling supervision, the recommended Intern receives the "Mental Health Counsellor Diploma," and after a second year of supervision, the recommended Intern may become a "Full Counsellor" (RMHC-F).
2. May I start looking for a job after graduating from the College? Answer: The College requires that Intern members must follow their supervisor's recommendations to find counselling-related work or to generate counselling clients for private practice. This ensures that Interns follow the professional standards and procedures of the College.
3. Is your certificate recognized in Canada or other official institutions in the US? Answer: The counselling profession is completely self-regulating rather than legislated by government. Of course counsellors must also have a business license as required in their jurisdiction. There are numerous self-regulated counselling associations in Canada. The success of a counsellor depends upon the quality of service offered and upon word-of-mouth referrals. The onus is upon the person seeking help to determine whether a particular counsellor can benefit him or her. We require our members to display a copy of our Code of Ethics on the counselling premises.
In the US, counselling is regulated by legislation in some states. The College can assist members to practice ethically and legally within the US environment.
4.What basic educational background is needed in order to apply to the College? Answer: The educational background of applicants for preparatory training varies. Many applicants are mature individuals who have experienced life challenges while others may have a minimum high school education. Mature individuals who meet our criteria of membership, with training and supervision from the College, will be the most successful counsellors. The "Mental Health Counsellor Training Course" is designed to identify the applicant who will be able to benefit from our training and be further prepared through counselling supervision as Intern Counsellors.
5.What is included in the first year of supervision as an "Intern Counsellor" leading to the Mental Health Counsellor Diploma? Answer: This is when you can learn counselling by doing counselling with people seeking help. You will transcribe 10-minute segments of counselling sessions and forwarded to your supervizor for review and feedback and suggestions on skills and approaches to use with your clients. An alternative to supervision by the College is supervision within the local agency providing a counselling position.
6. What is the policy in the event a student does not complete a course or program?
Answer: If for ANY reason a student does not complete a course or program or must take a break from the course, tuition and fees paid will be kept as a credit on the student's account or may be transfered to another applicant. Course texts and materials are non-returnable. Time extensions to complete course work, are approved on request by the student.
College of Mental Health Counselling
Counsellor training for the public has been provided since 1985 based upon the vision to make counselling concepts and skills accessible to everyone for a healing community. Formerly provided at six campus locations, training is now available online to interested individuals everywhere. Daniel Keeran, MSW (Kent School of Social Work, UL,1977) has been a therapist and professional counsellor for over 30 years, and he is author of Loss and Grief Counseling Skills, Counselling In A Book, Learn Empathy, and Effective Counseling Skills. With extensive experience in private practice and hospital settings, he has conducted numerous therapy groups and trained thousands of people from the general public as well as social workers, nurses, and other helping professionals. He founded the Professional Counsellors' Association in 1989, now organized as the Canadian Professional Counsellors' Association.