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Emergency Mental Health - Clinical and Diagnostic concepts (CMHC 712)

 

 

Course Name

 

 

Emergency Mental Health: Clinical and Diagnostic Concepts

 

Course Description

 

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.

 

 

Subject Code

 

CMHC 712

 

 

Learning Objectives

 

By the end of the course, participants will

  • review physiological disorders related to mental illness and identify both assessment and intervention strategies related to emergency mental health (EMH):
  • review diagnostic criteria for mood disorders and identify both assessment and intervention strategies related to EMH;
  • review diagnostic criteria for psychotic disorders and identify both assessment and intervention strategies related to EMH;
  • review diagnostic criteria for personality disorders and identify both assessment and intervention strategies related to EMH;
  • identify strategies in managing support and crisis telephone calls;
  • develop strategies for effective documentation of EMH interventions;
  • develop advanced psychiatric interviewing skills; and
  • use critical thinking skills to effectively manage mental health emergencies.

 

 

Tuition

 

$743.00

 

Textbook not included in tuition fee. Contact the Douglas College Bookstore for prices and ordering information.

 

 

Pre-requisite

 

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.

 

 

Course Content

 

Topics covered include:

  • Physiological disorders;
  • Psychotic disorders;
  • Mood disorders;
  • Personality disorders;
  • Substance abuse disorders; and
  • Documentation.

 

 

Learning Resources

 

 

Hillard, R., & Zitek, B. (2004). Emergency psychiatry. San Francisco, CA: McGraw-Hill.

Shea, S.C. (1998). Psychiatric interviewing: The art of understanding, a practical guide for psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses and other mental health professionals (2nd ed). Philadelphia: Saunders.

 

Available through the Douglas College Bookstore

 

 

Instruction Method

 

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.

 

 

Assignments

 

  • Critical thinking and psychiatric interviewing assignments
  • Mental health assessment assignment
  • Final exam

 

 

Grading

 

Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).

 

 

Completion Timeframe

 

 

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: cehs@douglascollege.ca, 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.

 

Start Date  CRN  Registration Deadline
April 8, 2019 provided by dept March 29, 2019
May 1, 2019 provided by dept April 26, 2019
June 3, 2019 provided by dept May 24, 2019

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