Overview

The Strength-Based Perspectives in Helping Certificate will provide learners with knowledge and skills to apply evidence-based practices for increasing happiness, building resilience, and enhancing overall life satisfaction for self and others whether that be for personal or professional growth.

There is a growing need for professionals who can apply positive perspectives in health, education, and community services. These fields are increasingly emphasizing strength-based approaches to client care, self-care, and social development. This multi-disciplinary program will benefit learners in any workplace that focuses on optimizing human strengths and capacities, instilling hope, and promoting wellness.

This six-course program is comprised of three compulsory courses and three elective courses. The compulsory courses collectively examine the nature of happiness; the development of personal strengths and relationships; positive strategies for professional practice; and the wellness benefits of social responsibility, caring behaviour, and purposeful engagement in the world. Learners select elective courses that focus on one or more practices known to increase happiness and life satisfaction (e.g. creativity, health and vitality, relational and interpersonal skills).

Learners will complete three compulsory courses listed below.

OEL8000 Happiness: Pathways and Pitfalls

OEL8001 Positive Perspectives: Methods and Strategies

OEL854 Global Citizenship

Learners must complete three elective courses of their choosing from the list below.

  • OEL1208 Wellness for Life
  • OEL604 Stress, Wellness, and Nutrition
  • OEL1368 Lifestyle Coaching
  • OEL187 Creative Writing for Beginners
  • OEL1369 Quest for Wisdom
  • OEL1266 Mental Health and Society
  • OEL1370 Introduction to Counselling
  • OEL1371 Sociology: Diversity and Social Change
  • OEL8011 Mental Health and Wellness

Courses

OEL8000 - 2 Happiness: Pathways and Pitfalls
OEL8001 - 2 Positive Perspectives: Methods and Strategies
OEL854 - 3 Global Citizenship
Electives:

Learners must complete three elective courses of their choosing from the list below.

  • OEL1208 Wellness for Life
  • OEL604 Stress, Wellness, and Nutrition
  • OEL1368 Lifestyle Coaching
  • OEL187 Creative Writing for Beginners
  • OEL1369 Quest for Wisdom
  • OEL1266 Mental Health and Society
  • OEL1370 Introduction to Counselling
  • OEL1371 Sociology: Diversity and Social Change
  • OEL8011 Mental Health and Wellness

Requirements & Program Information

Minimum Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older
  • Students must successfully complete all courses within 7 years of acceptance into the program in order to graduate.
  • Students must obtain a G.P.A. of 2.0 or 60% or higher to obtain this certificate.

Certification

Upon successful completion of the online certificate program, students will obtain a Sault College certificate.

Career Path

Occupational Areas:

  • Community Services
  • Social Services
  • Education
  • Health
  • Fitness
  • Recreation

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.jobbank.gc.ca

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