HLTH 4441: Population Based Mental Health Assessment and Intervention

Students will be introduced to best practices in working with specific populations, such as younger adults, older adults, aboriginal people, LGBT populations, women and families who are experiencing mental health problems.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the common mental health problems experienced by individuals who are (or have):
    • Experienced trauma
    • Older adults
    • Children
    • Youth
    • First Nations, Inuit, and Metis
    • Immigrants and refugees
    • Gay, lesbian and transgendered
    • Brain injury
    • Developmental disorders
    • Sexual disorders
    • Receiving palliative care
  • Appreciate key practice issues involved in the care of:
    • Individuals who have experienced trauma and their families
    • Older adults with mental health problems and their families
    • Children with mental health problems and their families
    • Youth with mental health problems and their families
    • First Nations, Inuit, and Metis individuals with mental health problems and their families
    • Immigrants, refugees with mental health problems and their families
    • Gay, lesbian, and transgendered individuals with mental health problems and their families
    • Brain injury and their families
    • Developmental disorders and their families
    • Sexual disorders and their families
    • Individuals who are receiving palliative care and their families
  • Identify and apply the core skills and behaviours that support high quality care of:
    • Individuals who have experienced trauma and their families
    • Older adults with mental health problems and their families
    • Children with mental health problems and their families
    • Youth with mental health problems and their families
    • First Nations, Inuit, and Metis individuals with mental health problems and their families
    • Immigrants, refugees with mental health problems and their families
    • Gay, lesbian, and transgendered individuals with mental health problems and their families
    • Brain injury and their families
    • Developmental disorders and their families
    • Sexual disorders and their families
    • Individuals who are receiving palliative care and their families
    • Individuals involved with the criminal justice system and their families
  • Identify the relationship between mental health problems and involvement in the criminal justice system.
  • Appreciate the key components of assessment of mental health problems for individuals with criminal justice involvement.
  • Identify key components of reporting and treatment requirements related to mental health and criminal behavior.

Course topics

  • Lesson 1: Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Lesson 2: Caring for Older Adults and Their Families
  • Lesson 3: Caring for Children and Their Families
  • Lesson 4: Caring for Youth and Their Families
  • Lesson 5: Mental Wellness and Recovery with Indigenous Populations
  • Lesson 6: Caring for Immigrants, Refugees, and Their Families
  • Lesson 7: Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bi-, Trans-, and Queer Populations with Mental Health Issues
  • Lesson 8: Caring for Individuals with Brain Injury and their Families
  • Lesson 9: Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families
  • Lesson 10: Caring for Individuals with Sexual Dysfunction
  • Lesson 11: Caring for Individuals in the Criminal Justice System
  • Lesson 12: Caring for Individuals in Palliative Care

Required text and materials

  1. Eapen, V., Graham, P., & Srinath, S. Where there is no child psychiatrist: A mental healthcare manual. London, UK: The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2012.

Note: The Eapen et al. text will be provided within the course as a PDF.

  1. Goldbloom, D. S. Psychiatric clinical skills. Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2010.
    Type: ISBN: 978-1-77052-378-4

Note: HLTH 4441 is a companion course to HLTH 4421: Assessment and Intervention Approaches to Mental Health Problems. Therefore, the materials package for this course will not include any materials that were required for HLTH 4421.

If you did not take HLTH 4421 and don't already own the required materials, please be aware that you will need to purchase them. To do so, contact student@tru.ca or phone 1.888.663.1653.

Assessments

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: Visual Collage-Media Watch and Issue Identification 30%
Assignment 2: Reflexive Practice Ethno-cultural Research Paper 30%
Final Project: Multi-Media Presentation on Special Populations 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member

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 the start of the course.

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