Concepts for Mental Health Practice

Faculty
Health Sciences
Department
Health Care Support Work
Course Code
HCSW 1170
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
10 weeks
Max Class Size
32
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
The course will introduce the learner to the theoretical underpinnings relevant to Community Mental Health Work (CMHW) and Health Care Support Work (HCSW) practice. Concepts related to common mental health challenges, including neurobiology, DSM-5 categories, behavioral manifestations of various mental health disorders including addictions and substance use disorders, as well as various treatment modalities will be presented. Assessment tools and intervention techniques will also be discussed.
Course Content
  • Neurobiological theories, neurotransmitters, and brain abnormalities in relation to mental health challenges
  • DSM-5 diagnostic categories
  • Diagnostic criteria and behavioural manifestations (signs/symptoms/presentation/characteristics, interventions/treatments for the following categories of mental health disorders):
    • Schizophrenia
    • Mood Disorders
    • Anxiety, and Dissociative Disorders
    • Personality Disorders
    • Feeding and Eating Disorders
    • Co-occurring Disorders
    • Suicidal Behaviour Disorders
    • Non-suicidal Self-Injury Disorders
  • Diagnostic criteria and behavioural manifestations (signs/symptoms/presentation/characteristics, interventions/treatments for the following categories of child and adolescent mental health disorders):
    • Learning and Developmental Disorders
    • Behaviour Disorders
    • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
    • Early Psychosis
  • Addictions and substance use disorders, dependency theories, treatments and interventions, definitions, types, and harm reduction versus abstinence
  • Aggression, violence and abuse theories, cycle of abuse, types of abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, neglect), denial, resistance, poverty
  • Introduction to psychotropic medications and relevance to CMHW practice
  • Alternative and complimentary therapies

 

Methods Of Instruction

CMHW/HCSW faculty facilitate student learning through a variety of learning activities which may include:

  • Case studies
  • Group activities
  • Group discussions
  • Computer assisted learning programs
  • Use of electronic resources
  • Use of audiovisual aids
  • Guest speakers 
Means of Assessment

Course evaluation is consistent with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.

This is a graded course.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge concerning neurobiology with regards to mental health concerns
  • Demonstrate an understanding of various assessment tools (MSE, Risk Assessment)
  • Understand the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition
  • Understand the prevalence, etiology, diagnostic criteria, and treatments for various categories of mental health disorders
  • Understand the diagnoses, behavioural manifestations,  treatments, interventions and rehabilitation for addictions, substance use and co-occurring disorders
  • Understand the impact of anger, aggression, abuse, and violence related to the physical and mental health of individuals and families
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of psychotropic medications in treating symptoms of mental disorders, and related side effects and outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of alternative and complimentary therapies
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

 A list of recommended materials is provided to students at the beginning of the semester.

Requisites

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
36340
Tue Thu Wed
07-Sep-2021
- 14-Nov-2021
07-Sep-2021
14-Nov-2021
Gill
Tanvir
Open
HCSW 1170 001 is restricted to CMHW and HCSW Access to CMHW and HCSW students.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
32
24
8
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
Coquitlam - Bldg. D
D1020
8:30 - 12:20
Tue
Coquitlam - Bldg. D
D1020
8:30 - 10:20
Tue
Coquitlam - Bldg. D
D1024
12:30 - 14:20
Wed
Coquitlam - Bldg. C
C1009
12:30 - 16:20
Thu
Coquitlam - Bldg. D
D1020
14:30 - 16:20