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Therapeutic Relations III

Course Code: PNUR 2321
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

This course will build upon application of communication theory and skills previously introduced in Semester 2. The focus is on assisting the student in obtaining valid and reliable data when working with clients who are experiencing episodic variances from wellness in the major areas of schizophrenia and psychotic process and affective disorders. Students will focus on developing self-awareness in relation to their way of being with each other and in offering critical feedback to peers. Students will have opportunities to participate in simulated role-plays with individuals experiencing health challenges in the context of a professional therapeutic relationship.

Course Content

Therapeutic communication will be introduced through:

  • Understanding and demonstrating the phases of the nurse-client relationship
  • Understanding the goals of the interview and symptom oreinted interviewing
  • Understanding the principles and steps of problem solving and conflict resolution
  • Understanding and demonstration of assertive and responsible communication
  • Understanding theory and concepts through simulated clinical examples
  • Understanding and demonstrating the use of the CASE approach and validity techniques in suicide assessment
  • Understanding the issues of professional documentation and sharing of client information

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 the opportunity to learn the therapeutic communication skills of advanced empathy, therapeutic confrontation and immediacy. Student learning will focus on problem solving and conflict resolution. Students will have opportunities to participate in simulated role-plays with individuals experiencing episodic health challenges. Students will learn the relevance of cultural competence as it relates to therapeutic communication.

course prerequisites

PNUR 1221, PNUR 1201, PNUR 1230, PNUR 1250, PNUR 1261, BIOL 1103, BIOL 1203


PNUR 2301, PNUR 2351, PNUR 2361, PNUR 2330 

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.