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BREM (formally BTMH) gave me more than I can probably put in words…

Allow me to introduce you to Aditi Kaul. Aditi was born and raised in India and received a Master degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rajasthan. She worked for three years in India as a counsellor/therapist with students, their families and adults. Aditi came to Canada in 2014 and studied Human Resources Management at McMaster University, but always wanted to find her way back to counselling and therapeutic work. She discovered an option without having to re-do her Psychology degree in Canada when she discovered the bridging program via the Internet.

Aditi joined BREM (formally BTMH) in 2016 as part of cohort 12. She presented herself as positive, friendly and outgoing. Along with her fellow classmates, Aditi had to re-engage as a “student” again. Although BREM is not an academic program that teaches psychology or therapy (she already has a Master Degree), skilled immigrants often find themselves unemployable without Canadian experience or contacts. In bridging, participants are once again a “student”, learning about workplace culture, job search, mental health modalities commonly used in Ontario, types of mental health professions, ethics and laws within mental health and much more. Aditi thrived in the learning environment, absorbed by the material, instructors, guest speakers and mental health site visits.

Aditi completed a 6-month placement at Across Boundaries in Toronto. Across Boundaries provides a dynamic range of mental health support and services and works within Anti-Racism/Anti-Black racism and Anti-Oppression frameworks. Aditi was supervised by a Case Manager and a previous graduate of the BREM (formally BTMH) program.  While in the BREM program Aditi applied to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and received her licence to practice Psychotherapy in the fall of 2017. Aditi is now a full time Substance Abuse Counsellor in Toronto.  Congratulations Aditi!

In her own words:

A social and professional network, the space to feel supported and at home, the learning experience through some coursework and so much more, from others experiences- colleagues, staff, guest lecturers and my placement supervisor. Most of all BREM gave me the ‘foot in that really heavy door’, without which finding a job is practically impossible. I was able register with CRPO due to the program support as well. Not to forget, the expert staff at BREM guided me through the process seamlessly. What more could I ask of a program?!

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Sheila Mulhern is a professional Career Counsellor with a strong background working within marginalized communities. She is currently the Educational and Placement Counsellor for Bridge to Registration and Employment in Mental Health (BREM). BREM supports skilled newcomers in: understanding the Canadian job search landscape and workplace culture, secure meaningful internships/mentors which leads to employment in their field.

smulhern@mnlct.org

November 2018

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