Curriculum Guideline

Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioner Competencies

Effective Date:
Course Code
PSYC 5003
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioner Competencies
Humanities & Social Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
3 hrs. per week / semester
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

This course will employ a number of in-class and on-line instructional methods to accomplish  its objectives, including some of the following: 

  1. Lecture
  2. On-line instruction and activities
  3. Group discussion/chat 
  4. In-class activities (e.g., role play)
  5. Video demonstrations
Course Description
This course identifies and develops the basic competencies required by practitioners to provide PSR services.
Course Content

Practitioner Competencies:

  • Communication skills
  • Rehabilitation Readiness for Practitioners
  • Functional Assessment
  • Setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Action Oriented/Achievable, Responsible, Time limited) Rehabilitation Goals
  • Direct Skills teaching
  • Case Management
  • Documentation
  • Evaluating success/ Quality Improvement
  • Understanding and resolving ethical and legal issues
  • Diversity and Cultural Competence
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
Learning Outcomes

Students will acquire the basic competencies to provide PSR services to persons living with serious mental illness.

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%


Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

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

Which Prerequisite