The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
- Values, attitudes and beliefs influence our interactions with people with mental disorders.
- A basic understanding of current classifications and treatments for mental illness helps to develop values and attitudes that support recovery.
- Social networks promote wellness and are needed by those whose illness may separate them from others.
- Professional development and wellness initiatives strengthen effective worker performance.
- A basic knowledge of provincial mental health services will facilitate the worker being able to negotiate with and advocate for individuals needing their services.
- Despite the challenges of living with a mental disorder, people possess inherent capacity and resiliency that can be mobilized for change. Strength based approaches are essential for supporting this process.
- Group work
- Guest Speakers
- Use of multimedia resources
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:
- Research papers
This is a letter graded course
Upon successful completion of this course, within the following content areas the student will be able to:
- Knowledge of Mental Health/Illness
- demonstrate an understanding of historical and current social attitudes that have led to the stigmatization of people with mental disorders
- demonstrate awareness of the social determinants of health and the effect that they may have on recovery from mental illness
- demonstrate an understanding of the types and key characteristics of mental illness
- demonstrate an understanding of the current DSM diagnostic system and its benefits/limitations
- identify the major treatment approaches and techniques for working with people who have mental disorders
- demonstrate an understanding of the impact of mental illness on individuals, family and society
- demonstrate understanding of the cultural variables associated with the assessment and treatment of mental disorders
- demonstrate an awareness of the major challenges for persons with mental disorders (e.g., stigmatization, medication side effects, marginalization, decreased mental capacity)
- demonstrate awareness of major medications and their side effects
- Knowledge of the Mental Health System
- demonstrate knowledge the mental health service system and legislation in Canada and B.C., including the roles of related professionals
- identify housing options
- discuss client and family empowerment initiatives
- demonstrate a basic knowledge of current and future directions in mental health policy
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|College of New Caledonia (CNC)||CNC SSWK 257 (3)||2012/09/01 to -|