Mental Health / Psychiatric Aide
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates assist nurses, hospital staff and physicians in the basic care of patients. They are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted care facilities for the elderly and other health care establishments. Mental health aides work under the direct supervision of health care professionals caring for people who are mentally ill, developmentally handicapped, cognitively impaired or brain injured.
(the number in brackets indicates the level of ES)
- Reading (3), Oral Communication (3), Thinking (3), Writing (2) Document Use (2)
- Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) – CLB 7 – CLB 9
IELTS-Academic – 6.5 -7.00
iBT-TOEFL – 82-100
Program Locations in Alberta
- Bredin College of Business and Health Care – Calgary and Edmonton, AB
- CDI College of Business Health and Technology– Edmonton and Calgary, AB
- Mount Royal University – Calgary, AB
- Bredin College of Business and Health Care – http://www.bredin.ca | Business: +1 (780) 425-3730
- CDI College of Business Health and Technology – http://www.clicollege.ca | Business: + (780) 421-0224
- Mount Royal University –http://www.mtroyal.ca | Toll-Free: +1 (877) 440-5001
- Human Service Worker (Bredin College of Business and Health Care) – http://www.bredin.ca/health-career-centre
- The occupational diploma program helps all interested in becoming Human Service Workers including foreign-trained professionals to receive in-service training in the college Health Centre
- Developmental Services Worker (CDI College of Business Health and Technology, Edmonton North) – http://www.clicollege.ca/developmental-ab.php
- The offered diploma program is highly educative, incorporating the latest skills and knowledge that will allow the students to excel professionally. The focus is on Interpersonal Communication, Health Promotion, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Sociology, Team Work, and Counselling techniques, Behavioural Management, Pharmacology and Human Sexuality. Students interested in pursuing a career as a Developmental Service Worker should be patient, understanding and have the ability to work under psychologically difficult circumstances. The core value of thes program, guides the Developmental Service Worker’s behaviour in terms of his/her ethical responsibilities to the individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, colleagues and to his/her own professional competence.
- Dementia Care (Mount Royal University) – http://www.mtroyal.ca/ProgramsCourses/ContinuingEducation/healthhumanservice/DementiaCare/index.htm
- This program is designed to provide professional development and experience for non-health care professionals and family caregivers to better understand the disease and the social complexities that come with caring for someone experiencing a dementia and develop the skills required to support the emotional, psychological, social and physical challenges experienced by persons with a dementia. Gain valuable insight and learn how to support dementia care patients and their families. The program is offered online and consists of 3 required courses (45 hours) that can be completed within 1 semester up to a maximum of 3 years.
- Children’s Mental Health (Mount Royal University) – https://www.mtroyal.ca/ProgramsCourses/ContinuingEducation/healthhumanservice/mentalhealth/index.htm
- The program offers Children’s Mental Health Extension Certificate that may be completed online within 1 year up to a maximum of 3 years. The program is eligible for transfer credit.
Program Length & Cost
(as indicated on Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website)
- Human Service Worker (Bredin College of Business and Health Care) – 600 hr ( 18 weeks) – $6,500.00 + $ $200.00 Books & Supplies (Year One)
- Developmental Services Worker (CDI College of Business Health and Technology, Edmonton North) – 1350 Hours (45 Weeks) – $12,000.00+ $1,700.00 Books & Supplies (Year One)
- Children’s Mental Health (Mount Royal University) -9 required courses (135 hours) – $ 309.00 per 15 hours
- Dementia Care (Mount Royal University) – 3 required courses (45 hours) – $ 269.00 per 15 hours
- Occupational outlook is currently unavailable. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions. Mental health aides work in institutions and clinics for the brain injured, aged mentally ill, developmentally handicapped, physically ill. Without additional education, advancement opportunities for mental health aides are limited. Mental health aides are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 3413: Nurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates. In Alberta, 96% of people employed in this classification work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry. The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry), location in Alberta, employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions), occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before) and size of the occupation. Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.
- Average Salary: $ 31, 207.00 | Average Wage: $ 21.67
Resources – ALIS profile, NOC, IAF
- Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) – https://occinfo.alis.alberta.ca/occinfopreview/info/browse-occupations/occupation-profile.html?id=71001898
Certification not required