Emergency Mental Health - Clinical Practicum (CMHC 713)

Course NameEmergency Mental Health: Practicum
Course DescriptionThis is the final course in the Certificate in Emergency Mental Health program. Building on the concepts addressed in the Framework for Practice (CMHC 711) and Clinical and Diagnostic Concepts (CMHC 712) courses, this course examines secondary stress, and requires participants to complete a 140-hour clinical practicum.
Subject CodeCMHC 713
Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will

  • describe clinical elements of mental health practice that contribute to stress;
  • describe workplace factors that may contribute to stress;
  • describe techniques to help reduce work-related stress; and
  • complete a 140-hour practicum.


Textbook not included in tuition fee. Contact the ϼ Bookstore for prices and ordering information.


Successful completion of CMHC 711 and CMHC 712


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.


Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or proof of equivalent as outlined in detail here: General Admission Information. 

Course Content

Topics covered include:

  • secondary stress; and
  • clinical placement.
Learning Resources

Hillard, R., & Zitek, B. (most recent edition). Emergency psychiatry. San Francisco, CA: McGraw-Hill.

Shea, S.C. (most recent edition). Psychiatric interviewing: The art of understanding, a practical guide for psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses and other mental health professionals (most recent edition). Philadelphia: Saunders.

Available through the .

Instruction Method

Online course in Blackboard, and in-person clinical placement

Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.

  • Personal Stress Management plan;
  • Completion of practicum site research activities;
  • Completion of all practicum/agency specific orientation requirements;
  • Practicum self-evaluation: 3 parts; and
  • 140 practicum hours.
GradingThis course is assessed on a Mastery/Non-mastery basis.
Completion Timeframe6 months (170 hours) from course start date
Registration and Course Start

Registration is easy; simply contact the Program Assistant at cehsadmin@douglascollege.ca, for the course registration form. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.

Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.

CRN provided by department. 

Registration dates and deadlines