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Psychosocial Rehabilitation (MHCP 203)


Course Name



Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR)


Course Description


Psychosocial Rehabilitation focuses on the concept of recovery and utilizes the PSR approach to keep the person with mental illness at the centre of all interventions. It is grounded in the notion of recovery and self-determination (empowerment) for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.


This course explores the ways and means of how psychosocial/psychiatric rehabilitation can assist the individual and the mental health system in achieving recovery. This course focuses on core concepts of psychiatric rehabilitation, psychiatric rehabilitation models and methods, and some of the key competencies for working in a psychiatric rehabilitation environment.



Subject Code


MHCP 203



Learning Objectives


During this course, students will:

  • acquire and/or enhance their ability to apply critical thinking through an understanding of the theoretical, philosophical and applied nature of PSR;
  • gain a familiarity with mental health services’ utilization of PSR practices and/or opportunity for growth in PSR practice;
  • become familiar with some of the key interventions available to support in their individuals  recovery process; and
  • understand the core competencies required to successfully practice PSR.







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 proof of equivalent as outlined in detail here: 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.
  • Successful completion of the Introduction to Mental Health course and/or be a health professional with current experience in the mental health field.
  • Criminal Record Search



Course Content


Topics covered include:


  •  Foundation for Effective Support by :
    • Knowing Oneself and Understanding the Concept of Recovery
  • Understanding the Complexity of Mental Health/Illness by learning about: 
    • Trauma-Informed Care
    • Social Determinants of Health
    • Stigmatization
    • Wellness and Recovery
  • PSR Process by learning about: 
    • PSR Philosophical Approach
    • PSR Interventions
    • Other evidence-based practices
  • Skills and Competencies: 
    • Effective Engagement
    • Understanding Diversity
    • Effective Communication through Empathy and Empathic Listening
    • Goal Setting
    • Direct Skills Teaching 
    • Community Mapping and Networking



Learning Resources


Nemec Best Practices in Psychiatric Rehabilitation


Available through the Douglas College Bookstore.



Instruction Method


Online course in Blackboard, and completion of a 50-hour clinical placement experience.


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.





  • 4 assignments
  • 1 exam
  • Practicum





Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).



Completion Timeframe


6 months (120 hours) from course start date



Registration and course start


NOTE: Registration for this course is temporarily closed. Please check back for updates. 


Registration is easy; simply complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to:, 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.


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