Concepts for Mental Health Practice

Faculty
Health Sciences
Department
Health Care Support Work
Course Code
HCSW 1170
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
8
Max Class Size
32
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
The course will introduce the learner to the role of the Community Mental Health Worker (CMHW) in the delivery of mental health services. The Mental Health Act (MHA), ethical issues, and the history of mental illness will be discussed. In this course, there is a focus on the various concepts related to common mental health issues, including neurobiology, the DSM-IV-TR, various mental disorders, treatment modalities, and addictions. Assessment tools will also be discussed as well as intervention techniques.
Course Content
  • Mental Health Act and current legislation including: FOIPPA, Adult Guardianship, Public Trustee, Ombudsman, and Best Practices
  • Neurobiological theories, neurotransmitters, and brain abnormalities in relation to mental health issues
  • DSM-IV-TR; 5-axis diagnosis; GAF Scale (Axis V); Psychosocial problems/issues (Axis IV) 
  • Diagnostic criteria, signs/symptoms/presentation/characteristics, interventions/treatments for the following categories of mental disorders:
    • Schizophrenia
    • Mood Disorders
    • Anxiety, Somatoform, and Dissociative Disorders
    • Personality Disorders
    • Eating Disorders
    • Sexual Disorders
    • Co-Occurrent Disorders
  • Diagnostic criteria, signs/symptoms/presentation/characteristics, interventions/treatments for the following categories of child and adolescent mental disorders:
    • Learning and Developmental Disorders
    • Behaviour Disorders
    • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
    • Early Psychosis
  • Addictions, drugs, and concurrent disorders: definitions, types, dependence, abuse, and harm reduction versus abstinence
  • Cycle of abuse, types of abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, neglect), denial, resistance, poverty
  • Introduction to psychotropic medications and the role of the CMHW
  • Cultural factors and beliefs related to mental health issues, assessment, and treatment
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Case studies
  • Group activities
  • Internet and video
  • Guest Speakers
  • May include community service learning and/or participation in community based research projects when available.
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 and a minimum requirement for successful completion of the course is 65%.  An evaluation schedule will be presented at the beginning of the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Understand and recognize the significance of the Mental Health Act (MHA) and other relevant legislation in providing services to individuals with mental health issues
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge concerning neurobiology with regards to mental health concerns
  • Understand the multi-axial diagnostic system and the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition, text revision (DSM-IV-TR)
  • Understand the prevalence, etiology, diagnostic criteria, and treatments for the following categories of mental disorders:
    • Schizophrenia
    • Mood Disorders
    • Anxiety, Somatoform, and Dissociative Disorders
    • Personality Disorders
    • Eating Disorders
    • Sexual Disorders
    • Co-Occurrent Disorders
  • Understand the prevalence, etiology, diagnostic criteria, and treatments for child and adolescent disorders including:
    • Learning and Developmental Disorders
    • Behaviour Disorders
    • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
    • Early Psychosis (including the Early Psychosis Intervention Program, EPI)
  • Understand the diagnosis, treatments, and rehabilitations for addictions and concurrent disorders
  • Understand the impact of anger, aggression, abuse, and violence related to physical and mental health
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of psychotropic medications in treating symptoms of mental disorders, and related side effects and outcomes
  • Understand the implications of cultural diversity
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

 

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

Requisites

Course Guidelines

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.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Fall 2020

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36340
Tue Thu Fri
08-Sep-2020
- 08-Nov-2020
08-Sep-2020
08-Nov-2020
Parfeniuk
Sandra
Open
Online
HCSW 1170 001 is restricted to CMHW and HCSW Access to CMHW and HCSW students.

This course will include synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
32
22
10
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
8:30 - 12:20
Thu
8:30 - 12:20
Fri
10:30 - 14:20
Fri
12:30 - 14:20