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Clinical Practice II for CMHWs

Course Code: HCSW 1200
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 2.8
Semester: 4 3 weeks practicum experience, 1 week praxis seminar
Learning Format: Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Course Content

  • During their community placement, students will demonstrate an application of the concepts of the CMHW program, PSR, therapeutic relationships and communication, and caring practice in their clinical practice
  • Understand and follow agency policies and procedures
  • Respect client confidentiality
  • Gather assessment information, incorporate this, and develop a personalized care plan
  • Identify and practice the role and limits of the CMHW while working in the community
  • Follow agency guidelines for clinical documentation
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team

Methods of Instruction

  • Practicum experience in Community Mental Health PSR settings.
  • Praxis seminar
  • 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 MASTERY course.  Students will receive a detailed outline of performance expectations at the beginning of the course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the application of the CMHW course theory into clinical practice
  • Demonstrate safety, respect, and accountability in adherence to Douglas College and agency policies and procedures
  • Promote and support individual rights and responsibilities while following ethical standards of practice
  • Understand the importance of client confidentiality
  • Demonstrate self-awareness through use of a self-evaluation tool
  • Understand the multidisciplinary team approach within the clinical setting

course prerequisites

HCSW 1170 +  HCSW 1180 + HCSW 1190 + HCSW 1195


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


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.