Health Care Support Work

Code Course Description
HCSW 1101

Concepts for Practice

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a theoretical framework for practice. Students will be introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical understandings that provide a foundation for competent practice as a HCA. The course focuses on concepts of caring and person-centred care; basic human needs and human development; family, culture and diversity as they relate to health and healing. Students will also be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.

HCSW 1102

Lifestyle and Introduction to Practice

This course introduces students to a holistic concept of health and the components of a health-enhancing lifestyle. Students will be invited to reflect on their own experience of health, recognizing challenges and resources that can impact lifestyle choices. Students will be introduced to a model that can be applied in other courses to understand the multi-faceted aspects of health and healing. Students will also be introduced to the role of the Health Care Assistant (HCA) within the British Columbia health care system. Students will be introduced to the healthcare team and the roles and function of the HCA within the team. Students will also have opportunities to develop self-reflective skills required for competent practice and will be introduced to effective job-finding approaches.

HCSW 1103

Interpersonal Communications

This course focuses on the development of self-awareness, increased understanding of others and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of care-giving contexts. Students will be encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They will have opportunity to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect, and active listening skills. Students are also introduced to, and encouraged to explore, concepts of culture and diversity as they relate to interpersonal communications and care-giving interactions.

HCSW 1104

Health Challenges 1

This course introduces students to the normal structure and function of the human body and normal bodily changes associated with aging. Students will explore common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system. Students will also be encouraged to explore person-centered practice as it relates to the common challenges to health.

HCSW 1105

Applied Practice Experiences 1

This practical course offers students the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the HCA role. The course is comprised of class and supervised laboratory experiences, as well as supervised practice experience in a multi-level or complex care setting. Through these experiences, students learn to integrate and apply the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they have learned in all other courses in the program. Students are provided with opportunities to develop care-giver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety and independence of individuals in facility contexts.

HCSW 1106

Health Challenges 2

This course builds on HCSW 1104: Health Challenges 1. In this course, students will continue to explore common health challenges and person-centered practice, especially in relation to chronic diseases and end-of-life care. Students will have the opportunity to consolidate learning from previous courses, and to consider further caring for clients in home and assisted living settings.

HCSW 1107

Cognitive and Mental Health Challenges

This course builds on content from other courses to assist students to explore concepts and care-giving approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive or mental challenges. Emphasis is on recognizing behaviours and identifying person-centred intervention strategies.

HCSW 1108

Applied Practice Experiences 2

This practical course builds on the learning experiences in HCSW 1105: Applied Practice Experiences 1. Students have further opportunities to integrate theory from other courses, and to consolidate care-giving skills in the laboratory and clinical settings. In the laboratory, increase emphasis will be placed on home and community settings. For this second clinical experience, students will continue to practice and learn in multi-level or complex care facilities, providing an opportunity for students to gain expertise and confidence with the role of the HCA.

HCSW 1109

Applied Practice Experiences 3

In this course students have the opportunity to consolidate their learning in Complex Care to gain further expertise and confidence with the role of the HCA within a continuing care facility. Students will also experience working with individuals with cognitive challenges in specialized dementia care units. As well, students will be provided with the opportunity to become familiar with the role of the HCA within a Home Support Agency and to gain abilities that will prepare them to assume the role of a Community Health Worker. The course experiences will also allow students to acquire familiarity with HCA practice in the Assisted Living setting.

HCSW 1170

Concepts for Mental Health Practice

The course will introduce the learner to the role of the Community Mental Health Worker (CMHW) in the delivery of mental health services. The Mental Health Act (MHA), ethical issues, and the history of mental illness will be discussed. In this course, there is a focus on the various concepts related to common mental health issues, including neurobiology, the DSM-IV-TR, various mental disorders, treatment modalities, and addictions. Assessment tools will also be discussed as well as intervention techniques.

HCSW 1180

Recovery in Mental Health

This course will focus on the concepts and principles of Recovery and Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR). Mission statements, philosophies, values, and beliefs of various agencies will be discussed. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs will be discussed in relation to the prioritization of needs. Principles of advocacy and the role of Community Mental Health Work (CMHW) and Health Care Support Work (HCSW) will be addressed. The role of the CMHW and HCSW in relation to goal planning and implementation are included.

HCSW 1190

Therapeutic Relationships in Mental Health

The focus of this course in the Health Care Support Work Program is to prepare the student to develop advanced therapeutic relationships in the mental health field through the use of communication skills. Empathy, warmth, and respect will be taught as well as confrontation and immediacy. Communication labs with actors are used to develop these skills. Assessment/communication/interviewing skills will be discussed for various mental disorders. Conflict resolution, problem-solving, and leadership skills will be developed. Group therapy and stress management theories and techniques will be explored. The importance of self-awareness will be stressed throughout the course.

HCSW 1195

Clinical Practice I for CMHWs

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.

HCSW 1200

Clinical Practice II for CMHWs

This course provides students with further experience in the mental health clinical practice setting. Learning opportunities will encourage students to use all of the CMHW concepts and therapeutic communication skills they have learned throughout 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.