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Registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins June 25.  Watch your email for more details.

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Cognitive and Mental Health Challenges

Course Code: HCSW 1107
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 8
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Course Content

Cognitive Challenges in Older Adulthood

Supporting Clients Living with Dementia (primary focus of the course)


  • Responding to or preventing abuse, disruptive or out-of-control behaviour.

Mental Health Challenges (other than dementia)

  • Common mental health disorders
  • Cultural differences in perceptions of mental health challenges
  • Caring for the person and family
  • Suicide risks and prevention

Methods of Instruction


Group discussion/group activities

Audio-visual materials

Case studies

May include other methods (e.g. guest speakers, role play, etc.)

Means of Assessment

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

This is a graded course.  A minimum mark of 65% is necessary to be successful in the course.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe ways to organize, administer and evaluate person-centered care and assistance for clients/residents experiencing cognitive health challenges.
  2. Describe ways to organize, administer and evaluate person-centered care and assistance for clients/residents experiencing mental health challenges.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of effective approaches to disruptive or abusive behaviours.

course prerequisites

HCSW 1101 + HCSW 1102 + HCSW 1103 + HCSW 1104 + HCSW 1105


HCSW 1106 + HCSW 1108

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.