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Therapeutic Relations V

Course Code: PNUR 4521
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 continue to build on the application of therapeutic communication within the context of the nurse-client relationship as introduced in previous semesters. Students are introduced to the concept of working with clients with complex health challenges in the broader context of community. Students will consolidate skills previously learned with a focus on Risk Assessments and clinical decision making. Students will further develop assertive communication skills within the context of effective collaboration with colleagues. Therapeutic communication issues related to cultural competence will continue to be developed. Students will be introduced to therapeutic communication skills as relates to family and group. Professional documentation will continue to be developed, and will be linked to Professional Standards for Psychiatric Nursing and the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Conceptual Framework.

Course Content

In this course, within the context of the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing’s philosophy and conceptual framework, students will focus on developing the psychiatric nursing role as a team member.

Specific concepts that will be addressed are:

  1. Organizing strong, productive groups
    • motivational interviewing
    • commitment to planning
    • forming a new group
  2. Team Building
    • group building activities
    • intergroup collaboration
  3. Managing and developing strong groups
    • getting started with a new group
    • setting clear, challenging and attainable goals
    • encouraging teamwork and sharing of leadership
    • facilitating members awareness of their personal contributions to group success
    • organizational structures needed to support strong teams
  4. Making meetings effective
    • conflict resolution
    • negotiation
    • mediation
    • techniques to improve meetings and help difficult discussions
    • observer reports and process evaluations
  5. Therapeutic communication will be enhanced through:
    • understanding and demonstrating the phases of the nurse-client relationship.
    • understanding and demonstration of therapeutic communication with client as individual, family and group.
    • understanding and demonstration of assertive and responsible communication.
    • understanding and demonstration of effective communication with colleagues; requesting and receiving colleague support.
    • demonstration of understanding of theory and concepts through simulated clinical examples.
    • understanding of cultural competence and the issues of professional documentation and sharing of client information for the client as individual and family. 

Methods of Instruction

Student learning is facilitated through a variety of teaching/learning methods including lecture, demonstration, audio-visual aids, group discussion, group and/or individual research and presentations and experiential learning as a group member with the intent of strengthening group skills and team building.

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

In this course students will use the Douglas College Department of Psychiatric Nursing Curricular Threads (wellness-illness continuum, professional values, professional caring & health care delivery system), and in the context of the environmental, health and psychiatric nursing domains, will develop strong productive group/team skills and awareness.  They will know how to develop, manage and evaluate teamwork and collegial relationships.

course prerequisites

PNUR 3401, PNUR 3421, PNUR 3430, PNUR 
3341, PNUR 3461

PNUR 3401, PNUR 3421, PNUR 3430, PNUR 3341, PNUR 3461


PNUR 4503, PNUR 4561, 4572, PNUR 4573

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.