Clinical Practice I for CMHWs

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
HCSW 1195
Clinical Practice I for CMHWs
Mental Health and Personal Support Work
Health Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
Max Class Size
32 Maximum Student: Instructor ratio 11 : 1
Contact Hours
25-30 hours of practicum per semester
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities
  • Practicum experience in Community Mental Health PSR settings.
  • May include field trips to community agencies or advocacy groups serving mental health clients
  • May include community service learning and/or participation in community based research projects when available.
Course Description
This course introduces students to the mental health clinical practice setting. Learning opportunities will encourage students to use all of the Community Mental Health Work (CMHW) concepts and therapeutic communication skills they have learned thus far in the program to assist individuals with mental health issues to maximize their independence. Students will identify the resources available in the community and methods of accessing these. Emphasis will be on the role of the CMHW as a member of the community health team. The principles of Recovery using Psychosocial Rehabilitation will be the focus of this workplace practice.
Course Content
  • During their community placement, students will demonstrate an application of the concepts of the CMHW program, PSR, therapeutic relationships and communication, and caring practice in their clinical practice
  • Understand and follow agency policies and procedures
  • Respect client confidentiality
  • Gather assessment information, incorporate this, and develop a personalized care plan
  • Identify and practice the role and limits of the CMHW while working in the community
  • Follow agency guidelines for clinical documentation
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team
Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate the application of the CMHW course theory into clinical practice
  • Demonstrate safety, respect, and accountability in adherence to Douglas College and agency policies and procedures
  • Promote and support individual rights and responsibilities while following ethical standards of practice
  • Understand the importance of client confidentiality
  • Demonstrate self-awareness through use of a self-evaluation tool
  • Understand the multidisciplinary team approach within the clinical setting
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 MASTERY course.  Students will receive a detailed outline of performance expectations at the beginning of the course.

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students


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


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses
Which Prerequisite