Enhanced Personal Support Worker - Mental Health and Substance Use

Certificate of Achievement | Code: 1452

About the program

This program is designed for Personal Support Workers who provide support to individuals with mental health and substance use issues living in home and community settings. Learners will gain a greater understanding of the issues impacting those living with mental health and substance use issues as well as the importance of supporting their own mental health and well-being through implementing personal and professional self-care practices. Learners will enhance their knowledge about mental health and related topics, refine their practical skills and develop their capability to address the diverse needs of individuals living with mental health and substance use issues.

Program information

All courses must be completed with 2 years of acceptance into the program.
Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission requirements

  • Personal Support Worker Ontario College Certificate
  • Applicants with a Personal Support Worker or Health Care Aide certificate not from an Ontario College are required to complete the supplementary admissions package

Note re: admission requirements

  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Program outcomes

  • Examine the role, responsibilities and accountabilities of the personal support worker related to the provision of safe and ethical care for individuals living with mental health and substance use issues.
  • Complete activities aligned with the personal support worker's role and responsibilities supporting individuals with mental health and substance issues demonstrating enhanced critical thinking, communication and documentation skills.
  • Contribute as an integral member of the care team to maximize health, well-being and safety of individuals living with mental health and substance use issues.
  • Interpret key mental health and health care legislation and its significance when supporting individuals and families living with mental health and substance use issues.

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming Registrations

Mark your calendars for our upcoming registration dates so you can plan your future.

Spring Registration: February 4, 2019
Fall Registration: July 8, 2019