Indigenous Mental Health Diploma (IMHD)

Students will gain in depth knowledge of inter-generational trauma, psychological disorders, and the effects of colonialism on the community.

Everything Comes in Pairs (Balance)

Program Details

This program is centred on Indigenous practices that foster harmony, well-being, and healing. The IMHD promotes a holistic understanding of the balance between mind, body, heart, and spirit based on the Blackfoot worldview. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of intergenerational trauma, psychological disorders, and the effects of colonialism on community self-esteem, family dysfunction, and addictive behaviour. Yet, the program's focus will be on intergenerational resilience, traditional healing, as well as Blackfoot beliefs, ceremonies, and cultural practices that promote fulfilling relationships. The program is open to Niitsitapi people throughout the Blackfoot Confederacy, other Aboriginal populations, and non-Indigenous individuals.

2 Years
Main Campus
semester start dates
September 5, 2022
Application Deadline
April 15, 2023

Admission Requirements

Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrollment and any available midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s)

English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2

Grade average of 55% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2

College Level Reading & Writing

(Accuplacer Test)

Scheduled Interview

Successful interview with admissions team

First Year

Program components will focus on self-esteem, family dysfunction and addictive behavior(s). This is an excellent starting point to move on to the Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work at Red Crow Community College.

First Year

Promote harmony, wellbeing and holistic healing!

After graduating, transfer into the Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work Degree At RCCC or Bachelor of Health Sciences at the U of L.

Promote harmony, wellbeing and holistic healing!


All the courses for this program.
Blackfoot 100

Blackfoot 100

3 Credits


Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits

ENG 150

English Composition

3 Credits

Kainai Studies 100

Kainai Studies 100

3 Credits

KS 121

Historical Impact and Intergenerational Trauma

3 Credits

IMHD 102

Indigenous Holistic Health Practices

3 Credits

SOCI 100

Basic Concepts in Sociology

3 Credits

IMHD 101

Indigenous Knowledge and Health

3 Credits

IMHD 117

Indigenous Ethics and Protocol

3 Credits

KS 180

Learning from Place

3 Credits

KS 450

Innaihtsiini - Peace Making

3 Credits


Introduction to Social Work

3 Credits

KS 297

Stories of the Ancestors

3 Credits

KS 170

Introduction to Addiction Studies

3 Credits

KS 171

Introduction to the Counselling Interview

3 Credits

SOCI 271

Health and Society

3 Credits

SOCI 211

Social Deviance

3 Credits


Developmental Psychology

3 Credits

IMHD 107

Current Wellness Issues

3 Credits

KS 4602

Utilizing Indigenous Knowledges to Restore Global Wellness

3 Credits

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Funding Available

Contact a Student Funding Advisor to complete the funding application process.
Note: Continuing students must apply for funding every academic year.
Main Campus: Campbell Eagle Child - campbelle@mikaisto.com / (403) 737-2400Satellite Campus: Gerald Wright - geraldw@mikaisto.com / (403) 327-6984
Funding is limited.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long is the IMHD program?

The IMHD has a duration of 2 years.

What credentials will I obtain upon completing the IMHD program?

This program awards a Diploma and consists of 20 university courses (60 credits in total).

What academic outlets are available for me after completing the IMHD program?

IMHD graduates are eligible to transfer into the Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work offered at Red Crow Community College. Also, IMHD graduates are eligible to transfer into the Bachelor of Health Sciences (major: Aboriginal Health) at the University of Lethbridge

Are the IMHD’s courses acknowledged by other universities?

Yes. The entirety of the IMHD’s twenty courses are part of the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT) database. As such, specific and non-specific agreements exist to have the IMHD courses, and their credits acknowledged by other universities in Alberta.

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Curriculum is delivered by Alberta Education Certified Instructors and Blackfoot Eminent Scholars Adult learners receive credit through Alberta Education.
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