Frequently Asked Questions
My degree is not in psychology or in mental health related field, but I have great interest in changing my career and moving into practicing mental health. Am I eligible?
No. BREM is a bridge-training program (i.e. for people who are already professionals in the field), not a re-training program. Applicants must have a degree in psychology or mental health related field, as well as two years of work experience in the field
I'm not a mental health professional, but I am working in the settlement sector and part of my job is counselling my clients. Am I eligible?
No. Applicants must have a degree in psychology or mental health-related field. Additionally, counselling on settlement issues does not qualify as mental health counselling experience.
I have a psychology background. I came here with a work permit as a PSW but I will be a permanent resident soon. Am I be eligible?
A valid work permit that allows the applicant to both work and study in Canada (allowing professional training), and
Proof of Permanent Resident application status, indicating final stages of approval.
I have a medical degree. In my previous country I worked as a general/family medical practitioner. The first line of treatment was counselling. Am I eligible?
What should the employment verification letter include?
Employer’s official letterhead (official paper that includes organizational logo and information),
Issue Date (date of the letter)
Reference’s name, position, and contact information,
The period of employment (from what date to what date), and
A detailed description of job/professional responsibilities.
I can't get an employment verification letter from my previous country.
Obtain a formal Employment History Verification Check through an agency (e.g., GARDA; this service carries fees); or,
If there is no way to access your previous employment (e.g. the workplace no longer exists; this was your private practice that shut down; political issues), you will be able to submit a sworn affidavit with a statement of your previous experience