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BREM Receives Accreditation

Media Advisory 
May 30, 2019  

BREM Program recognized by College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) 

Internationally trained mental health professionals looking to become Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario will now find it easier if they successfully complete the Registration Stream of the Bridge to Registration and Employment in Mental Health (BREM) Program.   

BREM graduates of the registration stream can now access registration with CRPO – the provincial regulatory body – similarly to graduates of an accredited master’s degree in counselling psychology in Canada. 

With this recognition, BREM participants who successfully complete the Registration Stream can apply to CRPO to become Registered Psychotherapists, and their credentials will be automatically accepted without having to provide any additional evidence of their past education to CRPO.

“This recognition is truly a giant step, not only for the BREM Program and our participants, but also for the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto (MNLCT) as a whole. It’s not every day that a provincial regulatory body recognizes a program delivered by a settlement agency”, explains Dr. Nava Israel, Senior Manager of Adult Education at MNLCT.

The BREM Program offers two training streams from which participants can choose; the Employment Stream, which prepares participants to find meaningful employment in the field of mental health, and the Registration Stream, which prepares participants to find employment and to apply for registration with the CRPO.  

Because this bridging program paves the way for meaningful employment for internationally educated mental health professionals, Ontarians of all ethnicities, languages and walks of life will be able to access mental health services from culturally competent and highly qualified mental health professionals. Bridging programs like BREM are changing the landscape of how internationally trained professionals integrate into the Canadian labour market.   

The BREM Program offered by the MNLCT is built on the legacy of the Bridge Training Program for Internationally Trained Mental Health Professionals (BTMH). In 2010, the province of Ontario and the Government of Canada gave MNLCT a grant to create a bridging program to help internationally educated mental health professionals prepare for meaningful employment in the field of mental health in Ontario. After operating for nearly a decade, the program has so far prepared more than 350 professionals to join the Ontario workforce.

The BREM Program partners with leaders in the mental health sector to provide on-the-job work experiences for program participants and to advocate with local employers for creating employment opportunities within the mental health sector. 

BREM runs spring and fall cohorts each year to ensure many students benefit from participating. For more information, visit the BREM Program page at www.bridgingprograms.org  

About Mennonite New Life Centre Toronto (MNLCT) 

MNLCT has been serving newcomers and immigrants for 35 years, founded by several local Mennonite churches with a vision of service and solidarity with refugees and displaced peoples. The organization offers a variety of programs to newcomers including language instruction, settlement and employment services, civic literacy, and counter-human trafficking services. Programs are constantly evolving to meet the needs of an ever-changing immigrant population.  

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:  

Shelly D’Mello,
Executive Director,
New Life Centre of Toronto  
sdmello@mnlct.org
(416) 699-4527

Tracy Docheff ,
Communications Manager,
New Life Centre of Toronto.
tdocheff@mnlct.org  
(416) 291-3248 ext. 4305

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