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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

  • 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. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 unported license. (

Course topics

  • Cognitive Challenge to Older Adulthood
  • Abuse
  • Mental Health Challenges

Required text and materials

Students will need to source the following on their own:

  1. Sorrentino S. A., Remmert, L., Wilk M. J., (2018) Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker. (4th edition) Elsevier/Mosby Inc.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 9781771720434
  1. Sorrentino S. A., Remmert, L., Wilk M. J., (2018) Workbook to Accompany Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker. (4th edition) Elsevier/Mosby Inc.
    Type: Workbook. ISBN: 9781771721271
  1. Mosby Inc. Clinical Skills: Skills for Nurse Assisting. (1st edition). Elsevier/Mosby Inc., 2018.
    Type: Online Access Code. ISBN: 9780323581899

Note: The above resource can be purchased directly from the publisher.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

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 (mandatory) 35%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

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

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