Mental Health Fundamentals

This course provides students with a working knowledge of mental health issues and addictions by introducing students to classifications of mental disorders, addiction development and dependence, effects, signs and symptoms and response, diagnostic categories, treatment options and best practice interventions, and common medications used in pharmacotherapies. Students will explore trends in mental health and addictions support, service, delivery, and practice.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define mental health and mental illness.
  • List the key factors believed to influence the development of mental illness.
  • Identify the ways in which culture, ethnicity, and religion influence health and illness behaviour.
  • Describe contemporary mental health and addiction issues in a Canadian sociocultural context.
  • Discuss the causes and symptomology of mental disorders and addictions as they relate to community support worker service.
  • Discuss evidence-based treatment, intervention, prevention, and service support strategies.
  • Explain the community support systems model of care.
  • Describe at least two purposes of a mental health treatment plan.
  • Explain how psychotherapeutic medications are used in the treatment of addiction.
  • Provide a brief summary of the theory and research in working with mental health and addictions populations as it impacts addictions community support worker practice.

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Kelowna Location:

Phone: (250) 765-7624

Vancouver Location:

Phone: 604-677-3866

Entry Requirements

  • Students must complete an intake with recruitment team.

Application Processing

  • Throughout the year

Completion

  • Certificate

Assessment

  • Student will be assessed by daily attendance, assignments, and completion of in class activities.

Completion Requirements

  • To successfully complete this course, students must:

    • Pass the final exam
    • Attend a minimum of 80% of the scheduled classes
    • Achieve a minimum overall score of 50%

     

Program Duration: 40 hours

Credentials Provided: Certificate

Fees: CAD $850.00

Delivery Methods:
Online| On-campus| Combined
Modules
Topics
1
Mental health care systems
2
Ethical and legal issues
3
Social cultural issues
4
Theories and therapies
5
Psychotherapeutic drug therapy
6
Principles of mental health care
7
Assessment skills
8
Therapeutic communication
9
Issues over the lifespan
10
Diseases and disabilities
11
Illness, anxiety, loss, grief
12
Disorders
13
Psychosocial issues
14
Standards
15
Review
16
Final Exam and wrap up
Course sequencing may vary
The program is delivered in English. The program will employ an in-class lecture delivery format. There is no mandatory homework; however, it is recommended that you review daily lectures and exercises completed.
The Addictions and Community Support Worker Diploma program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
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