Douglas College > Programs & Courses > Continuing Education > Health Professional Development > Courses > Emergency Mental Health - Clinical and Diagnostic concepts (CMHC 712)
This online course introduces health care professionals to emergency mental health (EMH) practice. Building on the clinical, legal and ethical framework introduced in CMHC 711, this course is designed to examine psychiatric diagnostic categories in relation to EMH practice and gain expertise in mental health assessment and disposition.
An exploration of all diagnose and diagnostic categories is beyond the scope of this course, but the common categories and most common psychiatric diagnose will be examined. The Hillard and Zitek (2004) text provides concise summaries for the diagnoses examined. The study of psychiatric interviewing skills in the Shea (1998) text will be continued from the CMHC 711 course. The focus on psychiatric interviewing and critical thinking continues.
By the end of the course, participants will
Textbook not included in tuition fee. Contact the Douglas College Bookstore for prices and ordering information.
Successful completion of CMHC 711
Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or LPI score of 4 or equivalent is required. Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this requirement. Proof of successful completion is not required on registration, but may be requested by Douglas College.
Topics covered include:
Hillard, R., & Zitek, B. (most recent edition). Emergency psychiatry. San Francisco, CA: McGraw-Hill.
Shea, S.C. (most recent edition). Psychiatric interviewing: The art of understanding, a practical guide for psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses and other mental health professionals (most recent edition). Philadelphia: Saunders.
Available through the Douglas College Bookstore.
Online course in Blackboard.
Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.
Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).
6 months (170 hours) from course start date
Registration and Course Start
Registration is easy; simply complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.
Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.