After completing the BREM program, I was immediately hired: Uma’s Story

Uma Viswanathan talks about her career success after recently graduating from the mental health bridging program.

After completing the BREM program, I was immediately hired as a First Call Care Counsellor at Homewood Health. I am happy to be working as a part of the Client Service Team providing counselling under the Wellness Together Canada Project. We offer information and resources over the telephone to clients who prefer virtual and immediate assistance.

This is a rewarding and meaningful career solely to decrease the suffering and improving the quality of life of others. It also supports me and my family.”

Counselling is done within a framework of single session intervention using a Solution Focused Behaviour Therapy approach, which offers tangible, present-oriented solutions. I provide crisis counselling, assess risks, document, and maintain crisis-call protocols, and provide suicide prevention interventions such as developing safety plans.

This is a rewarding and meaningful career solely to decrease the suffering and improving the quality of life of others. It also supports me and my family.

Bridge to Registration and Employment in Mental Health (BREM)

BREM, a CRPO-accredited accredited program for internationally trained mental health professionals is a great step into the Canadian mental health system. This program is a highly structured one-year program including a comprehensive placement giving hands-on experiences in supporting the diverse population in Canada who are struggling emotionally. This program mainly focuses on targeted areas such as mental health in Ontario, current trends, ethical dilemmas, professional communication, job search, and specialist certifications sought after in the field.

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"The Mennonite New Life Centre and its BEMC program came in very handy for me at the lowest ebb of my life by providing a lifeline and I am eternally grateful for that,”

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