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Psychosocial Rehabilitation

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.
Course number
  • 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
  • understand the core competencies required to successfully practice PSR
Tuition $1,535
Textbooks not included
  • 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 Content covered in this course includes
  • 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

Instruction method
  • Independent study
  • Instructor-supported
Assignments and due dates
  • 4 assignments
  • 1 exam
  • practicum
Grading Minimum grade to pass is 60 percent.
Completion timeframe 6 months (120 hours) from registration date

Download PSR Registration Form (pdf)