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Bridge Training Program for Internationally Trained Mental Health Professionals (BTMH)

The BTMH is a bridge training program that supports immigrant mental health professionals in accessing employment and professional registration. Backed by a solid Advisory Committee of leading mental health and settlement partners, we are committed to high quality learning and placement opportunities.

Delivered in partnership with community-based mental health and settlement organizations, the BTMH Program integrates academic training for mental health practice in Ontario, occupation specific language and workplace communication, and supervised placements that provide meaningful Canadian work experience. The program is now offering two streams:

Preparation for Employment Stream (Stream E) 7-8 months long program, including:

  • one full-time academic semester (over 450 hours),
  • hands-on supervised placement of 350-400 hours,
  • individual mentoring, and
  • job search workshops

The main goal of Stream E: Preparing participants for employment in the field of mental health.

Preparation for Registration and Employment Stream (Stream R) – 13-14 months long program, including:

  • two full-time academic semesters (over 570 hours),
  • hands-on supervised placement of 450 hours,
  • Safe and Effective Use of Self (SEUS) Seminar (35 hours),
  • group clinical supervision (50 hours), and
  • job search workshops

The main goal of Stream R: Preparing participants to apply for registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and for Employment in the field of mental health.

For more information, please visit the BTMH Program website.