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Recovery in Mental Health

Course Code: HCSW 1180
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 8
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Course Content

  • Mission statements, philosophies, and values:  Understanding the meaning, interpretation, purpose, and application
  • Recovery: Philosophy, mission, and core values of PSR
  • Principles and four domains of PSR:  Personal, education, work, and leisure
  • Role of the CMHW in prioritizing the needs of individuals with mental health issues
  • Advocacy: Concepts, roles, and responsibilities of CMHW’s
  • Goal setting and planning:  Identification of problem/need, rationale for setting goals, long-term and short-term goals, and setting a plan of action
  • Mental Status Examination (MSE) components such as: appearance, behaviours, cognition, thought and perceptual disturbance, abstraction, judgment, and risk
  • Documentation: DARE and narrative charting
  • Theories and application of group therapy

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Case studies
  • Role-Plays
  • Group activities
  • Review questions
  • Internet and video
  • PSR community visit
  • 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

  • Recognize the impact of the history of mental health treatment on present day practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of prejudice, stigma, and bias on care and recovery
  • Understand the mission statements, philosophies, values, and beliefs of various agencies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and principles of recovery within the Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) model
  • Understand the principles and domains of PSR
  • Understand Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
  • Understand the principles of advocacy in promoting mental health
  • Understand the role of the CMHW in goal planning and implementation with individuals with mental health issues
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct a basic assessment (Mental Status Exam, MSE), gather and document these findings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of leadership and it’s impact on the therapeutic environment and relationship
  • Demonstrate an understanding of group dynamics and group therapy 

course prerequisites

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


HCSW 1170

HCSW 1190

HCSW 1195


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.


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