Certificate in Multidisciplinary Studies in Mental Health and Well-Being
The Certificate in Multidisciplinary Studies in Mental Health and Well-Being is for anyone who wishes to gain a broad perspective on mental health and well-being. It combines courses from psychology and other allied disciplines as well as more applied training from different campus partners. Thus, this certificate is great introduction to these topics.
All prospective students should note, however, that this certificate does not offer professional training or credentials for any helping profession. Students who seek careers in clinical psychology, counselling, psychiatry, nursing, social work, or health sciences should explore those programs specifically.
- Who can select this Certificate?
It may be taken concurrently with any degree (except for psychology students with the Stream in Mental Health and Well-Being) or following the successful completion of any undergraduate degree. Two groups of students should be especially interested: current students who wish to combine it with any other Carleton degree or returning students whose area of expertise is distant from psychology and who want to get a tailored introduction. Students who already have degrees in psychology (or have work experience in the area of mental health and well-being) may not benefit as much from this certificate, however. They would be advised to seek more specialized training if they wish to further develop their knowledge base and skills.
An important note about residency. Section 2.2.2 of the Undergraduate Calendar states that students must obtain at least “new” 4.0 credits from Carleton to earn any certificate. Hence, degree students who are returning to Carleton for this certificate and who have already completed some of its courses may be required to take additional credits to fulfill this residency requirement. Students in this situation are strongly encouraged to seek advising. Contact email@example.com.
- What coursework does this certificate entail?
1. 1.0 credit in: PSYC 1001 [0.5] Introduction to Psychology I PSYC 1002 [0.5] Introduction to Psychology II 2. 2.0 credits in: PSYC 2301 [0.5] Introduction to Health Psychology PSYC 3302 [0.5] Positive Psychology PSYC 3403 [0.5] Addiction PSYC 3604 [0.5] Clinical Psychology and Mental Illness 3. 2.0 credits from two or more units: Anthropology ANTH 2020 [0.5] Race and Ethnicity ANTH 2040 [0.5] Anthropology and Gender ANTH 2070 [0.5] Psychological Anthropology ANTH 2550 [0.5] Religion and Society ANTH 3020 [0.5] Studies in Race and Ethnicity ANTH 3040 [0.5] The Global Middle Class ANTH 3310 [0.5] Studies in Medical Anthropology ANTH 4005 [0.5] Health and Globalization ANTH 4780 [0.5] Anthropology of Personhood Business BUSI 3104 [0.5] Managing Individual Performance BUSI 4105 [0.5] Managing Change Disability Studies DBST 1001 [0.5] Introduction to Disability Studies Economics ECON 3460 [0.5] Introduction to Health Economics Geography GEOG 3206 [0.5] Health, Environment, and Society Health Sciences HLTH 1001 [0.5] Principles of Health I HLTH 2003 [0.5] Social Determinants of Health HLTH 3403 [0.5] Gender and Health History HIST 3106 [0.5] Social History of Sexuality HIST 3120 [0.5] History of the Body Human Rights HUMR 1001 [1.0] Introduction to Human Rights Industrial Design IDES 2600 [0.5] Human Factors/Ergonomics in Design Law LAWS 2105 [0.5] Social Justice and Human Rights Linguistics LING 2604 [0.5] Communication Disorders I LING 3604 [0.5] Communication Disorders II Music MUSI 3303 [0.5] Introduction to Music Therapy Neuroscience NEUR 1202 [0.5] Neuroscience of Mental Health and Psychiatric Disease NEUR 1203 [0.5] Neuroscience of Mental Health and Neurological Disease Philosophy PHIL 1200 [0.5] The Meaning of Life PHIL 1700 [0.5] Philosophy of Love and Sex PHIL 2307 [0.5] Gender and Philosophy PHIL 2380 [0.5] Introduction to Environmental Ethics PHIL 2408 [0.5] Bioethics PHIL 2540 [0.5] Personal Identity and the Self PHIL 2550 [0.5] Moral Psychology PHIL 2700 [0.5] Asian Philosophy Religion RELI 1731 [0.5] Varieties of Religious Experience RELI 2732 [0.5] Death and Afterlife Sociology SOCI 2020 [0.5] Race and Ethnicity SOCI 2030 [0.5] Work, Industry and Occupations SOCI 2040 [0.5] Food, Culture and Society SOCI 2043 [0.5] Sociology of the Family SOCI 2045 [0.5] Gender and Society SOCI 2050 [0.5] Sociology of Health SOCI 3010 [0.5] Power, Oppression and Resistance SOCI 3020 [0.5] Studies in Race and Ethnicity SOCI 3040 [0.5] Studies in the Sociology of Gender SOCI 3044 [0.5] Sociology of Sex and Sexuality SOCI 3050 [0.5] Studies in the Sociology of Health SOCI 3055 [0.5] Studies in Addictions SOCI 3056 [0.5] Women and Health SOCI 4043 [0.5] Families in the 21st Century Social Work SOWK 1001 [0.5] Introduction to Social Welfare SOWK 1002 [0.5] Introduction to Social Work Technology, Society, Environmental Studies TSES 3001 [0.5] Technology-Society Interactions TSES 4001 [0.5] Technology and Society: Risk
- There are many courses that can be selected outside of psychology. Which ones should I choose?
The certificate provides you with many choices to fulfill its multidisciplinary aspect, so you should choose courses that look interesting. Naturally, you also need to verify that you meet the prerequisites for any course that you take and that you also meet your program requirements. Hence, it may be strategic for you to include courses from your program if that is a possibility. In the end, there is no correct answer. It is up to you. All the listed courses have been selected because they fit the theme of the certificate.
- I believe that there is a Carleton course that would fit the theme of this certificate, but it is not listed. Can i add it to my certificate?
Unfortunately, no. The course must be listed here to count towards this certificate. Each unit must approve the inclusion of its courses in this certificate. If it does not appear here, then the course may not have been added for a variety of possible reasons (e.g., the course has limited space, the course is reserved for program students, the program is currently under review, etc.)
- 12 hours of non-credit training from an approved list of activities are required. What are they and how can I sign up?
In addition to the course work, the certificate requires you to complete 12 hours of non-credit training from the approved list given below. Please follow these steps to complete this requirement.
1 – Select and complete any non-credit training offered in the list given below.
Important note. Non-credit training is subject to available space and resources. Offer may vary or change without notice. Also, some training is only offered during the academic year. Hence, all students are strongly encouraged to complete this aspect of the certificate as early as possible. You are ultimately responsible for meeting this requirement.
2 – Each time you complete non-credit training, make sure that it is added to your Co-Curricular Record (CCR). This document will make the completion of your training official. General information about the CCR may be found here.
3 – Once you have completed all your course work (i.e., the 3.0 mandatory credits in psychology and the 2.0 credits from other programs) and 12 hours of non-credit training, please email a copy of your CCR to the Psychology Department so we may verify that this requirement has been completed. The Department will not verify your CCR if you have not completed the 5.0 credits of coursework first.
Approved list of non-credit training for the 2022-23 Academic Year
SafeTALK training. SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. SafeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations to talk about suicide and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and training availability.
Living Works Start. A fully online 120 minute module, you will learn a powerful four-step model to keep someone safe from suicide, and you will have a chance to practice it with impactful simulations. Participants will be able to recognize when someone has thoughts of suicide and take action to connect them to an intervention provider. Email email@example.com for more information and training availability.
Skills for academic success certificate. (Approximately 3 hours).This certificate will aim to encourage you to participate in a variety of learning and writing support workshops to develop skills to be a successful student both inside and outside of the classroom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and training availability.
Techniques for time management certificate. (Approximately 3 hours). This certificate is targeted towards helping you build learning skills and strategies surrounding effective planning, time management, and organizational skills that can support you in achieving academic success. Email email@example.com for more information and training availability.
Here for You. (60 minutes). An online workshop created to help you recognize and support your own mental health. Using a 4 R Framework, participants learn how mental health and mental illness are different but related concepts, understand the importance of building in self-care into their daily routines, how to understand and recognize themselves on a mental health continuum, and find support through on and off campus supports. Email WELLNESS@CARLETON.CA for more information and training availability.
Supporting a friend. (60 minutes). As a friend, it can be difficult to navigate tough conversations and support our friends in challenging times. This workshop can provide you with information and tips to help you feel more confident in these situations. Email WELLNESS@CARLETON.CA for more information and training availability.
Psychology Mental Health Day – Mental Health and Well-being Research and Training Hub (carleton.ca). (Approximately 3 hours). This annual event was created to raise awareness on mental health issues and highlight efforts to promote well-being at Carleton. A series of talks from expert speakers are given each year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org from more information. Participation may be counted toward the certificate each year.
Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence: If someone discloses an experience of sexual violence, would you know how to help them? Equity Services offers a 2.5 hour workshop to increase student, staff and faculty knowledge in supporting individuals who disclose sexual violence. This innovative method helps you build skills to support students and colleagues through listening, as well as through doing, making and storytelling. Students interested in registering for this training session should email email@example.com.
Cross Cultural Competency Training: The workshop explores the dynamics of cross-cultural interactions in the workplace and is designed to enhance participants’ awareness and skills in providing support in a culturally diverse environment. Students interested in registering for this training session should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you took non-credit training at Carleton, but it does not appear on the list of approved activities, you may email the Department at email@example.com to inquire if it can be counted towards the 12 hours that you need for this certificate. Note that it must appear on your Co-Curricular Record. The Department will review your submission and inform you of its decision. To avoid any surprises or disappointing decisions, however, it is best to select non-credit training from the list of approved activities only.
- I took non-credit training that was not at Carleton that I believe would fit this certificate. Is there a way to get it approved?
Unfortunately, no. Only non-credit training given by Carleton that appears on the Co-Curricular Record will be approved. We recognize that that excellent training in mental health and well-being is offered in Ottawa and across Canada, but we do not have any mechanism to vet it. Moreover, we want to encourage students to discover the many great resources available at Carleton. Finally, we know that the non-credit training that students take on campus will not incur additional costs. Hence, the certificate will only count relevant non-credit training offered at Carleton for these reasons. One last note. Each year, a variety of non-credit training is provided to students on campus. Therefore, it should not be difficult for you to find something that complements your existing knowledge base if you have already received mental and well-being training elsewhere.
- How do I add this certificate?
You can add the certificate by emailing the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org from your Carleton email account. Please note that when making adjustment to your program elements, we strongly encourage you to meet with your department’s undergraduate academic advisor.
- When should I add this certificate?
You can add this certificate at any time, but the earlier the better. As a first- or second-year student, it should not be difficult for you to fit the 5.0 credits of coursework needed into your eligible program elements. All degrees offer some room for elective courses. If you add the certificate later, however, it might be challenging for you to integrate the courses into your schedule. We strongly encourage you to meet with your department’s undergraduate academic advisor if you decide to add this certificate to your studies.
If you have questions about this certificate, you should contact the Undergraduate Office for the Department of Psychology at email@example.com.
If you have questions regarding your degree in relation to the certificate, then you should contact the undergraduate adviser for your program.