Bridge to Registration & Employment in Mental Health

For immigrant mental health professionals who wish to work in their field, with the option of working towards becoming a Registered Psychotherapist

The Program

BREM supports immigrant mental health professionals (e.g., counselling, social work, medicine with specialization in psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, psychotherapy, therapy focusing on mental health, divinity counselling, etc.) who wish to work and license in their field.

Program Goals

 

Choose from Two Program Streams:

  1. Preparation for Employment. The main goal of the Employment Stream is to prepare participants to find meaningful employment in the field of mental health.
  2. Preparation for Registration and Employment. The main goal of the Registration Stream is to help participants meet the requirements for registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, CRPO as RPs (Qualifying)* as well as preparing them for employment in the field.

Program Location

Available anywhere in Ontario

Program Duration

10-12 Months

Employment Stream

12-14 Months

Registration Stream

Next Cohort Start Date

September 2024

“I remain indebted to BREM for the personalized guidance and support throughout the whole process!” ~ Mona

I’M READY TO HELP OTHERS

Who Should Apply

Internationally educated professionals with post-secondary education in psychology or a related field where a significant component is mental health (e.g. counselling, social work, medicine with specialization in psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, psychotherapy, therapy focusing on mental health, divinity counselling, etc.)

A person receiving the assistance of a BREM graduate

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-secondary education in psychology or a related field, equivalent to 4yrs bachelor’s degree where a significant component is mental health (e.g. counselling, social work, medicine with specialization in psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, psychotherapy, therapy focusing on mental health, divinity counselling, etc.)
  • Minimum of two years of relevant work experience in psychotherapy, counselling or community mental health outside of Canada
  • Language proficiency: CLB 7+ (for Reading-Listening-Writing-Speaking); or the equivalencies (CELPIP 7+ or, IELTS 6+, or TOEFL 80+)
  • Legal immigration status (Naturalized Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee, and Refugee Claimant with Work Permit, CUAET)
  • Residence: Ontario
If you have more questions, please check our FAQs.

I’M READY FOR THE NEXT STEP

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Program Components

 

Employment Stream

10-12 months

Full-time program, including 4-6 months of supervised placement, mentoring and job search supports.

Registration Stream

12-14 months

Full time program, including

  • enhanced academic curriculum (over 1,100 hours, including a course series in psychotherapy)
  • 6 months of supervised placement
  • SEUS seminar (Safe and Effective Use of Self)
  • small group clinical supervision
  • mentoring and job search supports

FAQs

Once you complete the BREM program. We will give you a transcript to apply.

It is not required for BREM program but it would be good to have.

Six months for Stream R and four months for Stream E.

No. All materials will be in Moodle platform and you will be given credentials to access it.

CRPO will give you the license to work in Ontario as a Psychotherapist. Each province has their own regulations. Some will allow you to transfer your license, but you will need to check with the specific province.

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Complete this form
to start your process

Upcoming Info Sessions

Ontario Bridge Training Program

This Employment program is funded
by the Government of Ontario

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BREM Eligibility Test

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BREM eligibility

1. Immigration Status


Your immigration status meets the program requirement. Please check the next question.


You are not eligible for the bridging program. Please contact us when you receive your Work Permit.


You are not eligible for the bridging program. If your immigration status changes, please contact us.


You are not eligible for the bridging program.

Check other programs and services offered by MNLCT to find more options for you.


2. Residency


Your residency meets the program requirement. Please check the next question.


You are not eligible for the bridging program. Only those living in Ontario will be eligible.


Please contact us for further assistance and potential options.

Contact Venotha at 1-647-812-1332 ext. 5057 or email bridging@mnlct.org.


3. English Language Proficiency


Your language scores meet the program requirement. Please check the next question.


Please contact us for further assistance and potential options.

Contact Venotha at 1-647-812-1332 ext. 5057 or email bridging@mnlct.org.


If you don’t have a valid Language Assessment, you may contact organizations providing the free test.

Please find your nearest centre here


4. Education


Your education meets the program requirement. Please check the next question.


You are not eligible for BREM. You need to have post-secondary education outside Canada to be eligible.

Check other programs and services offered by MNLCT to find more options for you.


You are not eligible for BREM. You need to have relevant post-secondary education from outside Canada to be eligible.

Check other programs and services offered by MNLCT to find more options for you.


You might be eligible, please contact us.

Contact Venotha at 1-647-812-1332 ext. 5057 or email bridging@mnlct.org.


5. Work Experience


Your work experience meets the program requirement.


You are not eligible for BREM. You need to have minimum of 2 years work experience outside of Canada to be eligible.

Check other programs and services offered by MNLCT to find more options for you.


Please contact us for further assistance and potential options.

Contact Venotha at 1-647-812-1332 ext. 5057 or email bridging@mnlct.org.


You are not eligible for BREM. You need to have minimum of 2 years work experience outside of Canada in psychology or a related field.

Check other programs and services offered by MNLCT to find more options for you.


Please note that this Eligibility Quiz is only an informative tool that helps you understand the general program requirements. The final decision about your eligibility for the program, will be made by the Admissions team after reviewing all your documentation.