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Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery

Course Code: PSYC 5002
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 to the principles, values, and philosophy of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR). Research on PSR and other therapeutic approaches is presented and evaluated.

Course Content

  • Introduction to PSR values, philosophy, and principles
  • Recovery and recovery-oriented services and systems
  • Assessing strengths and developing skills
  • Coordinating Services for persons living with mental illness
  • Advocacy for persons living with mental illness
  • Education for persons living with mental illness
  • Peer support
  • Facilitating informed decision-making
  • Facilitating empowerment
  • Identifying  and developing community resources
  • Facilitating community integration for persons living with mental illness

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. Identify and describe the principles, values, and philosophy of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR). 
  2. Compare and contrast PSR with other mental health practices. 
  3. Evaluate the research on PSR.
  4. Identify the strengths and limitations of PSR.

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.