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Assessment and Promotion of Mental Health

Assessment and Promotion of Mental Health

This curriculum has been customized to meet the differing needs of RPN/RN and LPN audiences, although the descriptions appear to be similar. When you register in the course using the registration form (link below), please check the appropriate box to identify your practicing registration so we can register you in the appropriate section of the course.

Course Name

Assessment and Promotion of Mental Health (RPN/RN)

Course Description This course is designed for Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) and Registered Nurses (RN) who wish to enhance their skills in working with clients experiencing mental health issues and their families.
This course presents topics pertinent to mental health and mental illness such as: mental health promotion, the cultural context, growth and development, self-concept,stress, grief and loss, and crisis and aggression. Mental Status Assessment and the Nursing Process in Mental Health Nursing are included.
Course Number PNRS 107
Learning Objectives By the end of this course, students will be able to
  • define mental health;
  • define mental illness;
  • identify the influence of beliefs on conceptions of mental health and mental illness;
  • build self-awareness about personal views of mental health and mental illness;
  • describe mental health promotion;
  • explore the history of the treatment of mental illness and of mental health/psychiatric nursing;
  • define terminology associated with cultural diversity;
  • identify ethnocentricity in nursing practice;
  • differentiate among common cultural stumbling blocks;
  • identify ways to integrate cultural awareness into own nursing practice; and
  • build self-awareness of own cultural influences in own nursing practice.
Tuition $468
Textbooks not included
Pre-requisites English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or Equivalent
Course Content This course covers the following topics:
  • assessment and promotion of mental health;
  • growth and development, psychosocial theories;
  • self-concept;
  • stress;
  • crisis, grief & loss, and aggression;
  • mental status assessment; and
  • nursing process in mental health nursing.
Learning Resources Austin & Boyd, Psychiatric Nursing for Canadian Practice
Instruction Method
  • Interactive online course in Blackboard
Assignments and due dates
  • One assignment
  • Mid-term exam
  • Final exam
Grading Minimum grade to pass is 60%.
This course may be taken independently or as part of the RN Mental Health Nursing Certificate or Psychiatric Nursing Refresher Certificate programs.
Completion Timeframe 3 months (75 hours) from registration date
Course Name

Assessment and Promotion of Mental Health (LPN)

Course Description This course is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who wish to enhance their skills in working with clients experiencing mental health issues and their families.
This course presents topics pertinent to mental health and mental illness such as: mental health promotion, the cultural context, growth and development, self-concept, stress, grief and loss. Crisis and aggression are presented. Mental Status Assessment and the Nursing Process in Mental Health Nursing are included.
Course Number PNRS 106
Learning Objectives By the end of this course, students will be able to
  • define mental health;
  • define mental illness;
  • identify the influence of beliefs on conceptions of mental health and mental illness;
  • build self-awareness about personal views of mental health and mental illness;
  • describe mental health promotion;
  • explore the history of the treatment of mental illness and of mental health/psychiatric nursing;
  • define terminology associated with cultural diversity;
  • identify ethnocentricity in nursing practice;
  • differentiate among common cultural stumbling blocks; and
  • identify ways to integrate cultural awareness into nursing processes, and build self-awareness of cultural influences in own nursing practice.
Tuition $468
Textbooks not included.
Pre-requisites English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or  Equivalent
Course Content This course covers topics including:
  • assessment and promotion of mental health;
  • growth & development and psychosocial theories;
  • self-concept;
  • stress;
  • grief and loss;
  • crisis and aggression;
  • mental health assessment; and
  • nursing process in mental health nursing.
Learning Resources Videbeck, S.  Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Instruction Method
  • Interactive online course in Blackboard
Assignments and due dates
  • One assignment
  • One mid-term exam
  • One final exam
Grading Minimum grade to pass is 60%.
This course may be taken independently, or as part of the LPN Mental Health Nursing Certificate or RN Qualifying Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing.
Completion Timeframe 4 months (75 hours) from registration date

Download registration form:

LPN APMH PNRS 106 Registration Form (pdf) 

RN APMH-Adv PNRS 107 Registration form (pdf)