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Introduction to Mental Health (IMH)

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. Introduction to Mental Health is the prerequisite for PSR Principles.

Course number MHCP 201
Learning objectives On successful completion of the course, participants 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
  • comprehension of the utility of evidence-based practice, mental health initiatives and preview of PSR Principles
Tuition $1,035
Textbooks not included.
  • Grade 12 English with grade of C or LPI with a score of 4 or higher, or equivalent
Course content Content covered in this course includes:
  • Service delivery system (BC Health)
  • Conceptual framework
  • Service delivery systems: basics of mental health
  • Service provider profile: basics of mental health
    • 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;
Instruction method
  • Independent study
  • Instructor-supported
Assignments and due dates
  • 2 assignments
  • Mid-term exam
  • Final exam
Grading Minimum grade to pass is 60 percent.
Completion timeframe 5 (90 hours) months from registration date

Download IMH Registration Form (pdf)

Distance-learning course for the Introduction to Mental Health (Certificate course) is now available and registration is ongoing. The distance course is 90 hours to be completed in five months. Prerequisite: Grade 12 English with grade of "C" or LPI with a score of "4" or higher or equivalent. (See Douglas College General Admission Requirements.)