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Concepts for Mental Health Practice

Course Code: HCSW 1170
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 8
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Course Content

  • Mental Health Act and current legislation including: FOIPPA, Adult Guardianship, Public Trustee, Ombudsman, and Best Practices
  • Neurobiological theories, neurotransmitters, and brain abnormalities in relation to mental health issues
  • DSM-IV-TR; 5-axis diagnosis; GAF Scale (Axis V); Psychosocial problems/issues (Axis IV) 
  • Diagnostic criteria, signs/symptoms/presentation/characteristics, interventions/treatments for the following categories of mental disorders:
    • Schizophrenia
    • Mood Disorders
    • Anxiety, Somatoform, and Dissociative Disorders
    • Personality Disorders
    • Eating Disorders
    • Sexual Disorders
    • Co-Occurrent Disorders
  • Diagnostic criteria, signs/symptoms/presentation/characteristics, interventions/treatments for the following categories of child and adolescent mental disorders:
    • Learning and Developmental Disorders
    • Behaviour Disorders
    • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
    • Early Psychosis
  • Addictions, drugs, and concurrent disorders: definitions, types, dependence, abuse, and harm reduction versus abstinence
  • Cycle of abuse, types of abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, neglect), denial, resistance, poverty
  • Introduction to psychotropic medications and the role of the CMHW
  • Cultural factors and beliefs related to mental health issues, assessment, and treatment

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Case studies
  • Group activities
  • Internet and video
  • Guest Speakers
  • May include community service learning and/or participation in community based research projects when available.

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 and a minimum requirement for successful completion of the course is 65%.  An evaluation schedule will be presented at the beginning of the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Understand and recognize the significance of the Mental Health Act (MHA) and other relevant legislation in providing services to individuals with mental health issues
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge concerning neurobiology with regards to mental health concerns
  • Understand the multi-axial diagnostic system and the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition, text revision (DSM-IV-TR)
  • Understand the prevalence, etiology, diagnostic criteria, and treatments for the following categories of mental disorders:
    • Schizophrenia
    • Mood Disorders
    • Anxiety, Somatoform, and Dissociative Disorders
    • Personality Disorders
    • Eating Disorders
    • Sexual Disorders
    • Co-Occurrent Disorders
  • Understand the prevalence, etiology, diagnostic criteria, and treatments for child and adolescent disorders including:
    • Learning and Developmental Disorders
    • Behaviour Disorders
    • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
    • Early Psychosis (including the Early Psychosis Intervention Program, EPI)
  • Understand the diagnosis, treatments, and rehabilitations for addictions and concurrent disorders
  • Understand the impact of anger, aggression, abuse, and violence related to physical and mental health
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of psychotropic medications in treating symptoms of mental disorders, and related side effects and outcomes
  • Understand the implications of cultural diversity

course prerequisites

HCSW 1101, HCSW 1102, HCSW 1103, HCSW 1104, HCSW 1105, HCSW 1106, HCSW 1107, HCSW 1108, HCSW 1109

NOTE: Students in the CMHW program can contact the Department for a possible override.

Corequisites

HCSW 1180

HCSW 1190

HCSW 1195

Equivalencies

Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

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.

assessments

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