Therapeutic Relations I

Health Sciences
Nursing - Psychiatric
Course Code
PNUR 2121
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Field Experience
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course will introduce students to communication within the context of the nurse-client relationship. Therapeutic communication skills will include warmth, respect, genuineness, empathy, use of silence and assertiveness. Students will focus on developing self-awareness and therapeutic use of self. Major course concepts include: confidentiality, self awareness, boundaries, and introduction to the Mental Status Exam.
Course Content

The communication will be introduced through:

  • Understanding the phases of the nurse-client relationship
  • Understanding and demonstration of core therapeutic conditions of warmth, respect, genuineness and empathy
  • Understanding the strategies of open and closed questions, normalization, shame attenuation, paraphrasing and summarizing
  • Understanding the skill of using silence as a therapeutic tool
  • Understanding and demonstration of assertive and responsible communication
  • Understanding self-awareness and the relationship to therapeutic communication
  • Understanding the concepts of confidentiality, professional boundaries and providing feedback
  • Introduction of the Mental Status Exam
Methods Of Instruction

Experiential communication formats are used; including, interactive communication scenarios, video critiquing and participative self-awareness exercises.

Means of Assessment

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


This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn the core therapeutic conditions of warmth, respect, genuineness, empathy and concreteness with a focus on building self-awareness of their own communication styles, therapeutic use of self and understanding the client experience.

Textbook Materials

A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.


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

Summer 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.