CMH183 - Introduction to Community Mental Health

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Subject Title
Introduction to Community Mental Health

Subject Description
This is an introductory course that will explore the traditional biological and social paradigms in mental health/illness, critical health and mental health perspectives and responses, and related concepts such as mental health policy, systems and medical/psycho-social interventions. Students will also be introduced to the social determinants of mental health, and the relationship between mental health and oppression, with a particular focus on relationship of mental health to ?race?, ?culture? and sexual/gender identity. The course will also focus on contemporary community mental health concepts in Canada, specifically Ontario.

Credit Status
One credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Define health, mental health, mental illness and the inseparability of mental health from a sociological perspective.
  2. Identify social determinants of mental health and the main discourses related to mental health and substance use/abuse such as diagnostic categories based on the medical model and related concepts such as the DSM as the foundation for practice.
  3. Analyze theoretical and practical concepts as experienced by diverse and marginalized populations to provide effective support.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the current context of mental health practice including policy, practice paradigms and interventions.  
  5. Incorporate the complexity and role of stigma and discrimination related to mental health/illness in to provide effective support and intervention in community mental health.
  6. Critically analyze common assumptions and misconceptions related to mental illness in to provide responsible and effective community mental health support.   

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.