Mental Health Services & Systems: History And Trends

Humanities & Social Sciences
Course Code
PSYC 5001
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course provides an introduction and overview of the history and current trends in mental health services and programs.
Course Content
  • Current issues in mental health services and systems
  • Best and promising practices
  • Senate of Canada report: Out of the Shadows at Last
  • Canada’s National Strategy for Mental Health
  • Knowledge Exchange
  • Anti-stigma/anti-discrimination program
  • Strategies for transforming mental health services
Learning Activities

This course will employ a number of instructional methods to accomplish  its objectives, including all of the following: 

  1. Lecture
  2. On-line instruction and activities
  3. Group discussion/chat 
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. Evaluation will be based on the course objectives. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. An example of one evaluation scheme is as follows:


In-class exams (4)                                70%

Term paper or project                           20%

Student presentation                            10%


Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the historical context for mental health services in Canada. 
  2. Identify and describe current trends in mental health services. 
  3. Describe the results of research on mental health services.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of past practices in mental health services. 
  5. Describe the major issues in mental health services and programs. 
  6. Identify and explain the findings and recommendations of the Senate of Canada Report on Mental Health.
  7. Describe the role and strategies of the Mental Health Commission in promoting recovery-oriented systems and services in Canada. 
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

Corrigan P.W., Mueser K.T., Bond G.R., Drake R.E., and Solomon P. (2008) Principles and Practice of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. An Empirical Approach. Guildford Press: New York. ISBN 1-59385-489-7




No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Institution Transfer Details for PSYC 5001
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Summer 2023