Cognitive and Mental Health Challenges

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course
Discontinued
No
Course Code
HCSW 1107
Descriptive
Cognitive and Mental Health Challenges
Department
Health Care Support Work
Faculty
Health Sciences
Credits
3.00
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
PLAR
No
Semester Length
8
Max Class Size
32
Contact Hours
60 hrs per semester
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture

Group discussion/group activities

Audio-visual materials

Case studies

May include other methods (e.g. guest speakers, role play, etc.)

Course Description
This course builds on content from other courses to assist students to explore concepts and care-giving approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive or mental challenges. Emphasis is on recognizing behaviours and identifying person-centred intervention strategies.
Course Content

Cognitive Challenges in Older Adulthood

Supporting Clients Living with Dementia (primary focus of the course)

Abuse

  • Responding to or preventing abuse, disruptive or out-of-control behaviour.

Mental Health Challenges (other than dementia)

  • Common mental health disorders
  • Cultural differences in perceptions of mental health challenges
  • Caring for the person and family
  • Suicide risks and prevention
Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe ways to organize, administer and evaluate person-centered care and assistance for clients/residents experiencing cognitive health challenges.
  2. Describe ways to organize, administer and evaluate person-centered care and assistance for clients/residents experiencing mental health challenges.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of effective approaches to disruptive or abusive behaviours.
Means of Assessment

Course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College course evaluation policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.

This is a graded course.  A minimum mark of 65% is necessary to be successful in the course.

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

 

 A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided to students at the beginning of the semester.

Corequisites