Health Care Support Work
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course introduces foundational perspectives and current legislation relevant to community mental health work practice. Historical beliefs and approaches to mental illness will be presented. The focus of the course is to provide theory on current best practices in mental health care and treatment. Legal and ethical issues related to individuals, families and populations experiencing mental health challenges will be presented, including an introduction to ethical decision-making frameworks for managing practice related ethical dilemmas.
The course will introduce the learner to the theoretical underpinnings relevant to Community Mental Health Work (CMHW) and Health Care Support Work (HCSW) practice. Concepts related to common mental health challenges, including neurobiology, DSM-5 categories, behavioral manifestations of various mental health disorders including addictions and substance use disorders, as well as various treatment modalities will be presented. Assessment tools and intervention techniques will also be discussed.
This course will focus on the concepts and domains of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) as they relate to the principles of the Recovery Model of mental health care. 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 in providing care. Principles of advocacy and PSR as they relate to Community Mental Health Work (CMHW) and Health Care Support Work (HCSW) practice will be addressed.
The focus of this course is to prepare students to develop therapeutic relationships through the use of communication skills. Empathy, warmth, genuineness, caring confrontation and immediacy will be taught. Assessment, communication, and motivational interviewing skills will be discussed as they relate to individuals experiencing mental health challenges. Conflict resolution, problem-solving, and leadership skills are also presented. Group therapy and stress management theories and techniques will be discussed. Therapeutic use of self, self-awareness, and trauma informed approaches as critical elements of developing therapeutic relationships are the foci of this course. Students will practice communication skills with actors in communication lab sessions.
In this course students are introduced to the community mental health clinical practice setting. Students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their roles and responsibilities as a community mental health worker and as a member of the community mental health team. Students will begin to apply Community Mental Health Work (CMHW) concepts and therapeutic communication skills with individuals experiencing mental health challenges. Students will identify community resources available to mental health clients. Psychosocial Rehabilitation(PSR) utilizing the principles of the Recovery Model of mental health care will be the focus of this clinical practicum.
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.