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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 methods available to assist individuals with SPMI in their 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 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.
  • 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:

  • Recovery and Spirituality: a conceptual framework and practical application
  • Defining Mental Illness, Stigma and Resiliency
  • Symptoms and Etiology of Severe and Persistent Mental Illness
  • Working with Individuals with Concurrent Disorders
  • Course, Outcome and Treatment of Mental Illness
  • Family Involvement: a shifting paradigm
  • Foundations of PSR
  • PSR Methods and Models
  • Strengths Model: Framework and Application
  • Competencies:
    • Ethical decision-making
    • Communications: one-to-one
    • Communications: group work/advocacy
    • Communications: written documentation
    • Goal setting
    • Direct skills
    • 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


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.


Winter 2020

NOTE: Registration for Winter 2020 begins December 9, 2019

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



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