COVID-19 update:  Until onsite classes at the North York office and placements in host organizations can resume once local COVID-19 restrictions are lifted by public health officials, bridging intake and classes will be fully online, in real-time. Participants who live more than 50km from the North York office will be able to continue the program remotely.

The Bridge to Registration and Employment in Mental Health (BREM) Program is delivered by The Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto (MNLC), in partnership with community-based mental health and settlement organizations.

Program Overview

This newly redesigned two-stream program combines classroom and online instruction, small group workshops, supervised placement experience, and job search support to help internationally trained professionals build the confidence and skills necessary for successful integration into the Canadian mental health workforce.

Eligible participants get registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and/or are prepared for meaningful employment in the field.

Choose from Two Program Streams:

Preparation for Employment Stream (E)

  • 9 months, full-time, including academic training, professional certifications, supervised placement, mentoring and job search supports.

Preparation for Registration and Employment Stream (R)

  • 14 months, full-time, including extended academic training, professional certifications, supervised placement, mentoring, job search supports, and multiple components that support registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), including exam preparation.

Eligibility

  • Internationally trained professionals living in Ontario;
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in psychology or a related field, with a significant component of psychology and mental health (e.g. mental health/addiction counselling, social work, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, occupational therapy, school counselling);
  • Minimum two years of direct work experience in mental health outside of Canada or the US;
  • Language proficiency of CLB 7 or equivalent in all domains (reading, writing, speaking, listening);
  • Legal immigration status (Permanent Resident, Canadian Citizen, Convention Refugee); and
  • Computer literacy.

Location

Online* (in real-time).
*Onsite classes at our North York office and placements in host organizations will resume once local COVID-19 restrictions are lifted by public health officials; until then, bridging intake and classes will be fully online. Participants who live more than 50km from the North York office will be able to continue the program remotely.

Deadline

ASAP. Applications are evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fees

  • Admission fee – $100
  • Employment stream fee – $1,000+
  • Registration stream fee – $2,400+ – $2,900+.

Microloans may be available from Windmill Microlending or Access Community Capital Fund.

The program flyer can be found here.