HLTH 4421
Assessment and Intervention Approaches to Mental Health Problems

3.0 Credits

Description

Building on many of the concepts introduced in HLTH 4411: Introduction to Mental Health, students will focus on ways of supporting individuals and families and on the use of evidence-informed frameworks, tools and processes.

Delivery Method

Online, self-paced

Prerequisites

Recommended: HLTH 4411: Introduction to Mental Health

Objectives

By working through the learning activities in this course, participants will:

  • Appreciate the ethical responsibilities required of professionals working with individuals with mental health problems and their families
  • Identify how to convey oneself in order to facilitate the recovery of those experiencing mental health issues including their families
  • Recognize signs of caregiver burnout and understanding how to care for oneself
  • Appreciate and apply the skills and practices necessary to work in collaboration with other health professionals and service providers in a wide variety of settings
  • Identify and apply the core skills and practices in psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery models that support and respect the agency of individuals with mental health problems and their families
  • Recognize and be able to apply the issues of privacy and confidentiality and how to optimize the sharing of information with other service providers and family members
  • Express how to interact with individuals and families in order to best obtain high quality assessment information in a therapeutic manner
  • Identify the core components of the mental health assessment, including mental status and physical examination
  • Appreciate the responsibilities of careful documentation of mental health assessments and treatment activities
  • Identify the core components of documentation of mental health assessments and treatment activities
  • Identify the core elements of a high quality care plan
  • Recognize the core practices required to ensure safety for all during a psychiatric emergency
  • Recognize the core practices in assessment and treatment of potentially aggressive behaviour
  • Identify the core practices in the assessment and treatment of suicidal ideation and behaviour
  • Identify the core components of assessment of individuals with:
    • cognitive disturbances, including functional ability and safety
    • psychotic conditions and their families
    • mood disorders and their families
    • eating disorders and their families
    • personality disorders and their families
    • somatization disorders and their families
  • Identify the key issues that are involved in providing high quality care to individuals with cognitive disturbances and their families
  • Appreciate the importance of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery principles in caring for individuals with psychotic conditions and their families
  • Identify the core components of practice in the acute care of individuals with:
    • psychotic conditions and their families
    • mood disorders and their families
    • eating disorders and their families
    • personality disorders and their families
    • somatization disorders and their families
  • Identify the core components of practice in the ongoing and long-term care of individuals with:
    • psychotic conditions and their families
    • mood disorders and their families
    • eating disorders and their families
    • personality disorders and their families e. somatization disorders and their families

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: Ethical Responsibilities and Self Care
  • Lesson 2: Collaboration and Teamwork in Clinical and Community Settings
  • Lesson 3: Assessment of Mental Processes and Behaviours
  • Lesson 4: Documentation and Care Planning
  • Lesson 5: Emergency Assessment and Treatment
  • Lesson 6: Caring for Individuals with Cognitive Disorders and Their Families
  • Lesson 7: Caring for Individuals with Psychotic Conditions and Their Families
  • Lesson 8: Caring for Individuals with Mood Disorders and Their Families
  • Lesson 9: Caring for Individuals with Anxiety Disorders and Their Families
  • Lesson 10: Caring for Individuals with Eating Disorders and Their Families
  • Lesson 11: Caring for Individuals with Personality Disorders and Their Families
  • Lesson 12: Caring for Individuals with Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders and Their Families

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

  1. Goldbloom, D. S... Psychiatric clinical skills. (revised 1st ed.). Toronto: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2010.
    Type: ISBN: 978-1-77052-378-4.
  1. Zimmerman, M.. Interview guide for evaluating DSM-5 psychiatric disorders and the mental status examination. East Greenwich, RI: Psych Products Press, 2013.
    Type: ISBN: 9780963382115

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at start of course.

Assessment

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory final project.

Assignment 1: Individualized Assessment and Care Plan 30%
Assignment 2: Assessment Questions and Care Plan 30%
Final Project: Research Paper 40%
Total 100%