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Mental Health Services & Systems: History And Trends

Course Code: PSYC 5001
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Partially Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides an introduction and overview of the history and current trends in mental health services and programs.

Course Content

  • Current issues in mental health services and systems
  • Best and promising practices
  • Senate of Canada report: Out of the Shadows at Last
  • Canada’s National Strategy for Mental Health
  • Knowledge Exchange
  • Anti-stigma/anti-discrimination program
  • Strategies for transforming mental health services

Methods of Instruction

This course will employ a number of instructional methods to accomplish  its objectives, including all of the following: 

  1. Lecture
  2. On-line instruction and activities
  3. Group discussion/chat 

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. Evaluation will be based on the course objectives. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. An example of one evaluation scheme is as follows:

In-class exams (4)                                70%

Term paper or project                           20%

Student presentation                            10%


Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the historical context for mental health services in Canada. 
  2. Identify and describe current trends in mental health services. 
  3. Describe the results of research on mental health services.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of past practices in mental health services. 
  5. Describe the major issues in mental health services and programs. 
  6. Identify and explain the findings and recommendations of the Senate of Canada Report on Mental Health.
  7. Describe the role and strategies of the Mental Health Commission in promoting recovery-oriented systems and services in Canada. 

course prerequisites

PSYC 2341

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.