Deciding Between Becoming an Education Assistant, Certified Coach or Mental Health Support Worker

Published On: October 16, 2020

Human Services is a growing sector and there are plenty of opportunities for people looking to start their career in this field. Here at Ashton College, we currently offer an education assistant program, and in the near future we’ll be offering a mental health support worker program along with a program to help you get started on a life coach certification. These three different paths all lead to rewarding careers, but each one is very different. We’ve broken down what each career entails, and what Ashton’s programs and courses will offer to bring you closer to your career goals.

Education Assistant

Ashton’s Education Assistant Diploma Program is focused on developing your professional knowledge, as well as your personal growth, as it relates to an education assistant position. The main role of an education assistant is to support the teacher in the classroom environment. This support can involve looking after children that’ve been assigned to you, or the class as a whole,  and helping them meet their academic, social, and behavioural needs. It should come as no surprise that in order to succeed in this career you need to like children, even when they’re not behaving as expected.

With each education assistant course at Ashton, you’ll learn more about specific disabilities children may have, the complex relationship between the disability and the individual, and how to support students who struggle with those disabilities. Ashton students who complete the program will have a thorough understanding of the most prevalent disabilities, which includes autism, behavioural and psychiatric impairments, and mental, intellectual, and physical disabilities.

When you complete every education assistant course and graduate from the Education Assistant Diploma program, you will have access to several opportunities in the education field. Education Assistants can obviously be found in public and private schools, but they can also work in after school tutoring, respite care, behaviour intervention assistance, home support teams for children with autism, and developmental disabilities programs and preschool environments.

Certified Coach

Our Certified Coach Diploma program is designed to train and certify individuals as certified coaches and give them the tools they need to pursue an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation with the International Coach Federation (ICF). By covering the 11 Core Competencies of the ICF, students will learn how to transform the lives of others by helping them overcome personal obstacles. If you’re seeking a life coach certification, then you need to love building others up no matter how difficult it may be.

Throughout the Certified Coach Diploma program, you’ll gain an understanding of coaching theory, principles and methods, and learn how to implement them in a practical environment. Structuring sessions, setting goals, use of positive language, and adapting to your client will all be covered during the program.

Graduates can look forward to a variety of careers that take advantage of their unique coaching skill set. Our program sets graduate up to pursue a career as a life coach, business coach, relationship coach, team coach, or employment coach. At the heart of all of these career opportunities is the use of your knowledge and abilities in a 1-on-1 environment to help your clients consistently better themselves.

Mental Health Support Worker

Mental health and addiction support workers are in high demand. People looking to find work in this field need to have a great deal of compassion, patience, and understanding for the people they’ll be working with. This line of work can be very rewarding, but it can also be quite difficult.

The Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker Certificate program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to gain employment in the field of mental health and addictions. Through each mental health support worker course, students will learn about mental illness, substance use, substance use disorder and addictions, and more. Students will gain an understand of the steps being taken by Canada’s public health care system to promote mental health along with the prevention and harm reduction measures that are being taken in Canada. A knowledge of treatment essentials, ways to get help, and the structure and delivery of services for individuals, families, and communities will ensure graduates are able to successfully find employment and work confidently in their roles.

Once every mental health support worker course has been completed, students can start a career as a mental health support worker, mental health rehabilitation worker, community mental health worker, or a mental health and addictions support worker.

Each program at Ashton leads to a fulfilling career with plenty of opportunity for growth. It’s up to you to decide what program suits you best. Discover more about Ashton’s human services programs and courses and register online today!


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  1. ileana says:

    looking into this course , need more information

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