Clinical Practice II for Community Mental Health Work

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
HCSW 1200
Clinical Practice II for Community Mental Health Work
Mental Health and Personal Support Work
Health Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
4 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours

105 - 120 hours of practicum including 1 week of seminar (practicum hours depend on clinical placement setting)

Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities

Practicum experience in Community Mental Health PSR settings includes supervised practice settings, group discussions, seminars, and self-study.

Course Description
In this course students will continue gaining experience in the community mental health setting. Students will practice within their roles and responsibilities as a community mental health worker and as a member or the community mental health team. Students will apply Community Mental Health Work (CMHW) concepts and therapeutic communication skills with individuals experiencing mental health challenges. Students will identify the resources available in the community and understand how to incorporate these resources when planning client-centered care. Psychosocial Rehabilitation(PSR) utilizing the principles of the Recovery Model of mental health care will be the focus of this clinical practicum.

Course Content
  • Application of CMHW program theoretical concepts:  
    • PSR approach and Recovery Model of mental health care
    •  Therapeutic relationships
    •  Therapeutic communication
    •  Caring client centered practice
  • Experience with utilizing/following agency policies and procedures
  • Experience with ensuring respectful client confidentiality
  • Conducting holistic assessments and developing a client-centered care plan
  • Experience with working within the CMHW practice roles and limitations
  • Clinical documentation
  • Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team
Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate the application of the CMHW course theory into clinical practice:
    • PSR approach and Recovery Model of mental health care
    • Therapeutic relationships
    • Therapeutic communication skills
    • Caring client-centered practice
  • Demonstrate safety, respect, and accountability in adherence to Douglas College and agency policies and procedures
  • Promote and support clients' rights and responsibilities while following ethical standards of practice
  • Demonstrate the importance of client confidentiality
  • Demonstrate self-awareness through use of a clinical practice self-evaluation tool
  • Practice within the multidisciplinary team  
Means of Assessment

Course evaluation is consistent with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course. Students will receive a detailed outline of performance expectations at the beginning of the course. This is a Mastery course based on demonstration of having met course learning outcomes and performance expectations.

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.