The Specialist (Co-op) Program in Mental Health Studies is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program that combines academic studies with paid work terms in the public, private, and/or non-profit sectors. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop the academic and professional skills required to pursue employment in these areas, or to continue on to graduate training in an academic field related to Mental Health upon graduation.
In addition to their academic course requirements, students must successfully complete the additive Arts & Science Co-op Work Term Preparation courses and a minimum of two Co-op work terms.
Enrolment in the Program is limited. Admission will require:
(a.) completion of any Grade 12 U/M high school math course or equivalent (or successful completion of the UTSC Online Mathematics Preparedness Course or equivalent), and
(b.) completion of Grade 12 U/M high school biology or equivalent (or BIOA11H3 or equivalent), and
(c.) completion of a minimum of 4.0 credits, including 1.0 credit in Psychology, and
(d.) a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75, and
(e.) either: (1) a final grade of 75% or higher in both PSYA01H3 and PSYA02H3, or (2) a final grade of 64% or higher in both PSYA01H3 and PSYA02H3, and a final grade of 72% or higher in [PSYB70H3 or (PSYB01H3)] and [PSYB07H3 or equivalent].
Current Co-op Students:
Students admitted to a Co-op Degree POSt in their first year of study must request a Co-op Subject POSt on ACORN upon completion of 4.0 credits and must meet the minimum qualifications for entry as noted above.
Students who have completed 10.0 credits or more, are not eligible to apply to the program.
Students currently enrolled in the Specialist Co-op Program in Mental Health Studies who have completed 10.0 credits or more, are not eligible to transfer to the Specialist Co-op Program in Psychology or vice-versa.
Prospective Co-op Students:
Prospective Co-op students (i.e., those not yet admitted to a Co-op Degree POSt) must submit a program request on ACORN, and meet the minimum qualifications noted above. Deadlines follow the Limited Enrolment Program Application Deadlines set by the Office of the Registrar each year. Failure to submit the program request on ACORN will result in that student's application not being considered.
The program requires 12.5 credits as follows, including at least 4.0 credits at the C-level, of which at least 1.0 credit must be at the D-level:
2. Laboratory Methods (2.0 credits)
[PSYB70H3 Methods in Psychological Science or (PSYB01H3) Psychological Research Laboratory]
PSYC37H3 Psychological Assessment
PSYC70H3 Advanced Research Methods Laboratory
PSYC73H3 Clinical Neuropsychology Laboratory
4. PSYC02H3 Scientific Communication in Psychology (0.5 credit)
5. PSYC85H3 History of Psychology (0.5 credit)
7. PSYB55H3 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience (0.5 credit)
8. Psychosocial and Psychobiological Breadth (2.5 credits)
Students are required to take 1.5 credits from one group and 1.0 credit from the other group:
[PSYB38H3 or (PSYB45H3) Introduction to Behaviour Modification]
PSYC15H3 Foundations in Community Psychology
PSYC18H3 The Psychology of Emotion
[PSYC30H3 or (PSYC35H3) Advanced Personality Psychology]
PSYC34H3 Happiness and Meaning
PSYC39H3 Psychology and the Law
PSYB64H3 Introduction to Behavioural Neuroscience
PSYC31H3 Clinical Neuropsychology
PSYC33H3 Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
PSYC38H3 Adult Psychopathology
PSYC62H3 Drugs and the Brain
9. Seminars in Psychology at the D-level (1.0 credit):
All PSY D-level courses are considered "seminars", with the exception of PSYD98Y3. Students must take 1.0 credit of seminars in Psychology at the D-level, of which 0.5 credit must come from the PSY D30-series:
PSYD30H3 Current topics in Personality Psychology
PSYD31H3 Cultural-Clinical Psychology
PSYD32H3 Personality Disorders
PSYD33H3 Current Topics in Clinical Psychology
PSYD35H3 Clinical Psychopharmacology
PSYD37H3 Social Context of Mental Health and Illness
PSYD39H3 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
10. An additional credit in Psychology (0.5 credit)
11. 2.0 credits from the following courses:
BIOC70H3 An Introduction to Bias in the Sciences
HLTA91H3 A Healthy Campus for Students: Prioritizing Mental Health
HLTB40H3 Health Policy and Health Systems
HLTB41H3 Introduction to the Social Determinants of Mental Health
HLTB42H3 Perspectives of Culture, Illness and Healing
HLTB50H3 Introduction to Health Humanities
HLTC22H3 Health, Aging, and the Life Cycle
HLTC23H3 Issues in Child Health and Development
HLTC42H3 Emerging Health Issues and Policy Needs
HLTC49H3 Indigenous Health
IDSB04H3 Introduction to International/Global Health
IDSC11H3 Issues in Global and International Health
PHLA11H3 Introduction to Ethics
PHLB09H3 Biomedical Ethics
PHLB81H3 Theories of Mind
PHLC07H3 Death and Dying
PHLC10H3 Topics in Bioethics
SOCB22H3 Sociology of Gender
SOCB49H3 Sociology of Family
SOCB50H3 Deviance and Normality I
SOCC49H3 Indigenous Health
Co-op Work Term Requirements
Students must satisfactorily complete two Co-op work terms, each of four-months duration. To be eligible for their first work term, students must be enrolled in the Specialist Co-op Program in Mental Health Studies and have completed at least 10.0 credits, including [PSYB70H3 or (PSYB01H3)], PSYB07H3, PSYB32H3, PSYB55H3, PSYC02H3, [PSYC08H3 or PSYC09H3], and PSYC73H3.
In addition to their academic program requirements, Co-op students complete up to four Co-op specific courses. These courses are designed to prepare students for their job search and work term experience, and to maximize the benefits of their Co-op work terms. They cover a variety of topics intended to assist students in developing the skills and tools required to secure work terms that are appropriate to their program of study, and to perform professionally in the workplace. These courses must be completed in sequence, and are taken in addition to a full course load. They are recorded on transcripts as credit/no credit (CR/NCR) and are considered to be additive credit to the 20.0 required degree credits. No additional course fee is assessed as registration is included in the Co-op Program fee.
Co-op Preparation Course Requirements:
1. COPB50H3/(COPD01H3) – Foundations for Success in Arts & Science Co-op
- Students entering Co-op from outside of UTSC (high school or other postsecondary) will complete this course in Fall, Winter or Summer of their first year at UTSC.
- Current UTSC students entering Co-op in April/May will complete this course in the Summer semester.
- Current UTSC students entering Co-op in July/August will complete this course in the Winter semester.
2. COPB51H3/(COPD03H3) – Preparing to Compete for your Co-op Work Term
3. COPB52H3/(COPD11H3) – Managing your Work Term Search & Transition to Work
- This course will be completed four months in advance of the first work scheduled work term.
4. COPC98H3/(COPD12H3) – Integrating Your Work Term Experience Part I
- This course will be completed four months in advance of the second scheduled work term.
5. COPC99H3/(COPD13H3) – Integrating Your Work Term Experience Part II
- This course will be completed four months in advance of the third scheduled work term (for programs that require the completion of 3 work terms and/or four months in advance of any additional work terms that have been approved by the Arts and Science Co-op Office.
Students must be available for work terms in each of the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters and must complete at least one of their required work terms in either a Fall or Winter semester. This, in turn, requires that students take courses during at least one Summer semester.
For information on fees, status in Co-op programs, and certification of completion of Co-op programs, see the 6B.5 Co-operative Programs section or the Arts and Science Co-op section in the UTSC Calendar.