HLTH 1351: Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges

This course builds on content from other courses to assist students in exploring concepts and caregiving approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive or mental challenges. Emphasis is on supporting clients with dementia, recognizing behaviours and identifying person-centered intervention strategies.

Learning outcomes

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

  • * Describe ways to organize, administer and evaluate person-centered care and service for clients/residents experiencing common cognitive health challenges.
  • * Describe ways to organize, administer, and evaluate person centered care and assistance for clients/residents experiencing mental health challenges.
  • * Demonstrate an understanding of effective approaches to disruptive or abusive behaviours.

*From: BC Ministry of Advanced Education. (2015). Health Care Assistant Program: Provincial Curriculum Guide 2015, 43-44. Province of British Columbia. http://urls.bccampus.ca/2yx . Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 unported license. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Course topics

  • Cognitive challenge to older adulthood
  • Abuse
  • Mental health challenges

Required text and materials

This is a companion course to HLTH 1051. Please be aware if you did not take HLTH 1051 and don't already own the required materials you will need to purchase them. To do so, contact student@tru.ca or phone 1.888.663.1653.

  1. Sorrentino S. A., Remmert, L., Wilk M. J. Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker. 4th edition. Elseivier/Mosby Inc., 2018.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 9781771720434
  1. Sorrentino S. A., Remmert, L., Wilk M. J. Workbook to accompany Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker. 4th edition. Elseivier/Mosby Inc., 2018.
    Type: Workbook, ISBN: 9781771721271
  1. Mosby Inc. Mosby's Nursing Assistant Video Skills. 4th Edition . Elseivier/Mosby Inc., 2015.
    Type: Online Access Code, ISBN: 9780323581899

Package ISBN: 9780323688512 (*the custom package includes all items listed above)

*It is possible to complete this program with the 3rd edition of the text package.


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

Students in the Health Care Assistant Program must achieve a minimum grade of 70% on the mandatory final exam and in the course overall. Students must achieve a minimum of 70% in each required theory course and a COM (complete) for the competency based portions of laboratory and practicum courses to pass the program.

Students must pass each course to continue in the program. Students cannot re-write failed assessments and, if unsuccessful on a second attempt at any course, will be asked to withdraw from the program.

All Program courses must be completed within 3 years of initial course enrolment.

Assignment 1: Responding to an Individual Experiencing Cognitive Challenges 10%
Assignment 2: Behavioural Case Studies 15%
Assignment 3: Mental Health/Cognitive Health Disorders 15%
Quiz (Lessons 1 - 4) 25%
Final Examination * 35%

* Mandatory

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of your course.

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