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Introduction to Mental Health (MHCP 201)


Course Name


Introduction to Mental Health


Course Description


This course explores a "best practices" approach to mental health care through learning activities that encompass grounded theory, new developments in the field, problem solving and group interaction. Learn about the philosophy and values that direct care, disorders that constitute serious and persistent mental illness, person-centered practice, facilitative communication, behaviour management, the mental health system and evidence-based practice.


This course is an excellent introduction to the field of mental health care for those with no previous experience. It also benefits individuals working in the mental health field who wish to strengthen their knowledge and skill base and acquire a credential.


This course may be taken for personal or professional interest, or as the foundation of the Continuing Education Certificate in Community Mental Health program.



Subject Code


MHCP 201



Learning Objectives


On successful completion of the course, participants will possess:

  • comprehension of the B.C. health care delivery system in general and the mental health care delivery system in particular;
  • understanding of the basics of mental health:
    • primary concepts,
    • prevailing values, principles and vision,
    • care components,
    • “best practices” in mental health reform;
  • understanding of the disorders that constitute serious and persistent mental illness;
  • clarity with regards to the notion of “person-centered” practice and current methods of intervention; and
  • comprehension of the utility of evidence-based practice, mental health initiatives and preview of Psychosocial Rehabilitation principles.







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





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:

  • Service delivery system (BC Health)
  • Conceptual framework
  • Service delivery systems: basics of mental health
  • Service provider profile: basics of mental health
  • DSM-V-TR
    • Mood disorders
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Schizophrenia
    • Personality disorders and MR
    • Concurrent disorders
  • Person-centered care & collaboration
  • Communications
  • Self-care
  • Facilitating change
    • Changing roles
    • Cultural competency
    • Leadership
  • Framework for support
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Mental health initiatives



Learning Resources



Balzer Riley, J (2008).Communications in Nursing, 8th Edition. St. Louis


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.





  • 2 assignments
  • Mid-term exam
  • Final exam





Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).



Completion Timeframe


5 months (90 hours) from course start date



Registration and Course Start


Registration is easy: simply call CE Registration at 604-527-5472 and quote the CRN (below) for the session you are interested in. 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.


Winter 2020

NOTE: Registration for Winter 2020 begins December 9, 2019

Start Date CRN
Deadline to Register
Jan 6, 2020 11184 Dec 20, 2019
Feb 3, 2020 11184 Jan 24, 2020
Mar 2, 2020 11184 Feb 21, 2020
Apr 6, 2020 11184 Mar 27, 2020

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