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Therapeutic Relations II

Course Code: PNUR 1221
Faculty: Health Sciences
Department: Nursing - Psychiatric
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Continuation from Semester 1/3 Mental Status Examination (MSE) charting and documentation will be emphasized. Introduction to resistance, and strategies for handling resistance is discussed in dealing with difficult to engage clients. Discussion on normalization and sexuality, medication adherence, introduction to motivational interviewing, and conflict resolution will be explored.

Course Content

Therapeutic communication will be introduced through:

  • Understanding the phases of the nurse-client relationship
  • Understanding and demonstration of resistance, strategies for handling resistance
  • Understanding mental status assessment
  • Understanding and demonstration of charting and documentation of client's mental status and activities
  • Understanding of medication adherence, conflict resolution and normalization
  • Understanding the issues of professional documentation and the relationship to therapeutic communication

Methods of Instruction

Experiential communication formats are used, including, interactive communication scenarios, video critiquing and participative self-awareness exercises.

Means of Assessment

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

This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

Students will have opportunity to learn the therapeutic communication skills of effective listening, self-disclosure and humour. Students will have opportunities to participate in simulated role-plays with individuals that emphasize integration of theory and concepts. Students will learn the relevance of cultural competence as it relates to therapeutic communication.

course prerequisites

PNUR 1121, PNUR 1101,  PNUR 1130


PNUR 1201, PNUR 1230, PNUR 1250, PNUR 1261

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.