VIU to Train More Community Mental Health Workers

VIU to Train More Community Mental Health Workers

January 18, 2021 - 2:45pm

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is excited to share the news that the provincial government has provided funding to run a second cohort of our Community Mental Health Worker program in 2021. To learn more, please read the BC Government News release

To learn more about VIU’s Community Mental Health Worker program, please visit the program homepage. If you are interested in applying, please email pdt.hhs@viu.ca

VIU Quotes

Dr. Patricia O’Hagan, Dean, Faculty of Health and Human Services, VIU

“We are grateful for the provincial government’s support to increase the capacity of the Community Mental Health Worker Program (CMHW) and help meet the needs of those struggling in our communities. This funding allows the university to provide an additional offering for up to 28 students in spring semester 2021, who will become part of the healthcare workforce team for these in-demand positions. Graduates of the CHMW program gain the knowledge and skills to work with vulnerable youth and adults who struggle with mental health and addiction issues in a variety of institutional, residential and community settings.”

Jason Harrison, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association Mid-Island Branch

“The Canadian Mental Health Association has hired numerous graduates of the CMHW program, who are valued and integral members of our team. There is a substantial need within our communities for highly trained staff to support our most vulnerable populations. The CMHW program provides individuals with a solid foundation and skill set to work within a diverse field effectively. VIU graduates will be in even higher demand than they currently are, as this sector is expanding. Having qualified personnel is vital in serving our community successfully.”  


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