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Therapeutic relationships in mental health nursing for LPN (PNRS 101)


Course Name



Therapeutic Relationships in Mental Health for LPNs


Course Description


This course is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who wish to enhance their skills in working with clients experiencing mental health issues and their families.


This course focuses on establishing therapeutic relationships and communication skills. Topics such as therapeutic use of self, listening and responding skills, empathetic communication, effective questioning, the problem-solving process, communicating in groups, client and family education, and the health care interview are included. This course is evaluated through one written assignment to be submitted by e-mail and one multiple-choice examination.


LPNs may register for specific professional development purposes, or as part of the LPN Mental Health Nursing certificate program. Students interested in completing the certificate program must apply for admission and be accepted into the program. Details of the required documents and program application forms are available on the program web page. Please note that a maximum of one course completed for professional development may be applied toward satisfaction of certificate program requirements.



Subject Code


PNRS 101



Learning Objectives


By the end of this course, students will be able to

  • apply communication theory and skills effectively to initiate, maintain and terminate therapeutic relationships; and
  • demonstrate self-awareness in relationships with individuals and their significant others to facilitate therapeutic relationships.






Textbooks 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.



Course Content


Topics include:

  • therapeutic relationships in mental health;
  • essential attitudes and listening skills;
  • empathetic communication;
  • effective questioning;
  • therapeutic responding skills;
  • problem-solving and educating;
  • therapeutic communication session; and
  • communicating in groups.



Learning Resources


Videbeck, S., Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (current edition)


Available through the Douglas College Bookstore.



Instruction Method


Interactive 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.





  • One assignment
  • Final exam



Grading &

Course Completion



Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).


Students who successfully complete a CEHS Certificate Program will receive a credential through the Graduation Office, in the form of a certificate.

A letter of successful course completion for individual or grouped CEHS courses is available, but please allow 3-5 business days after placing a request with the CE-HS Program Assistant. 

An official Douglas College transcript can be ordered via my Account.



Completion Time-frame


4 months (100 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.


Course CRN provided by dept upon fulfilling pre-requisites.

Calendar Summer & Fall 2020

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