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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?

In these cases, we require:
  • 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?

No. Medical counselling does not qualify as mental health counselling experience, even if some of the patients had mental health-related issues.

What should the employment verification letter include?

The letter should include the following:
  • 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.

If you are unable to get an employment verification letter for any reason, you will be required to:
  1. Obtain a formal Employment History Verification Check through an agency (e.g., GARDA; this service carries fees); or,
  2. 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

I did my language test for immigration purposes a few years ago. Can I use it for the application?

Language exam results have an expiration date. If your exam result is still valid, you will be able to use it for the application. If it has expired, you will be required to take a new exam. The CLBPT/CCLB exam is available across Ontario and is offered free of charge to permanent residents.

I got an overall score of CLB 7 on my language test, but my reading score is 6. Am I eligible?

No. We require a minimum score of CLB 7 (or equivalent on other language exams) on each of the four language domains – reading, writing, listening and speaking.

I haven't landed in Canada yet, but will make it for the admission processes. In the meanwhile, can I submit my documents online?

Yes. You can apply for the program using our online application form, and then email us scanned documents. Once you arrive in Canada, we will ask you to bring the original documents to our office for review. Note: we will not keep any of your original documents, only the electronic versions.

I was born in Canada but I was educated and worked in mental health outside of Canada. Am I eligible?


Do you have to be licensed to practice in the field of mental health in Ontario?

Some protected titles require licensing (such as psychologists, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, psychiatric nurses, physicians). Our R stream will be helpful in applying for registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO). However, there are many positions in mental health that don’t require licensing/registration. Here are some examples of jobs BREM graduates secured following the program that DID NOT require licensing:

Will the Preparation for Registration and Employment Stream (R) ensure my registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO)?

Stream R of the BREM Program provides many of the components required by CRPO, including currency hours, placement and clinical supervision, SEUS hours, and confirmation of language proficiency. However, while BREM has made every attempt to align program content to requirements of CRPO, the final decision rests entirely with the College. BREM participants must check with the College ( regarding their own qualifications and whether this or any program is sufficient to meet competency requirements.

When do I have to decide which program stream I want to take?

The first two program components (semester 1 and professional certifications) are offered to all program participants, regardless of which stream they will choose. The “split” in the program happens after the certifications. However, you will be required to make your decision about program stream by the end of the first six weeks of the program to allow enough time to find a placement (stream E) or to enroll in our psychotherapy courses (stream R).

Will the BREM Program provide me with a supervised placement?

The BREM Program is committed to supporting your search for a supervised placement. We provide group and individual supports during the placement search; we coach our participants throughout the process; and, we advocate for our participants with the community agencies that provide placements. However, it is up to our participants to apply, be selected for interviews, and get accepted by the agencies. Therefore, the BREM Program can’t guarantee placements. Note: To-date, all BREM participants who have successfully completed the first semester of the program have secured a supervised placement.

Will the BREM Program ensure my employment in the mental health sector?

The BREM Program will prepare you to find a meaningful job in the mental health sector through a combination of cultural training, current professional content education, orientation to mental health practice in Ontario, a supervised job placement, job search supports and mentoring (Stream E). Over 75% of our graduates secure meaningful jobs in the sector within 3-6 months of finishing the program. However, completing the Program does not guarantee employment.
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