CMH581 - Aboriginal Perspectives on Community Mental Health

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Subject Title
Aboriginal Perspectives on Community Mental Health

Subject Description
This course introduces students to Indigenous people?s health issues through an examination of the socio-political history of Canada as determined by Aboriginal people?s research and voice.  Students will learn about the various legislative legacies and political relationships that effect health and social welfare, particularly addictions and mental health challenges.  This course will provide an overview of First Nations, Metis and Inuit health issues as well as various health, wellness and resilience practices of Aboriginal peoples.  

Credit Status
One credit

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

  1. Explain the historical and socio-political impact of colonization on Aboriginal Peoples health. 
  2. Describe various Aboriginal healing approaches. 
  3. Reflect on the connections between mind, body, spirit and emotions in health and healing.  
  4. Discuss the importance of cultures, identities and languages to the health and wellness of Aboriginal Peoples. 
  5. Examine Aboriginal Peoples’ relationship with addictions, suicide and mental health challenges to provide effective supports and healing to individuals, families and communities. 

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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Discrimination/Harassment
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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.