IMH102 - Foundations of Mental Health Practice

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Subject Title
Foundations of Mental Health Practice

Subject Description
This is an introductory course that familiarizes students with the concepts related to mental health with a particular focus on the unique needs of infants, young children and their families.  The course will provide an overview of when and how mental health begins to form and how it can be derailed or promoted. Through discussions and case studies, students will be introduced to strategies and tools for recognizing when a young child's mental health may be at risk. The core concepts of attachment, regulation and resilience as foundational developmental constructs will be examined. Finally, the course will explore a variety of mental health promotion, poor mental health prevention and intervention modalities. These modalities can be used by practitioners in a variety of roles and settings using an interdisciplinary model. In order to facilitate the development of practical skills, course materials will be presented utilizing a variety of active learning modes including case studies and role-playing.

Credit Status
IMH 102 is a process course.  Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of face to face classes in order to be eligible to earn a passing grade.

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


  1. Analyze the position of infants and young children in the mental health contiuum.
  2. Examine the child and youth mental health system and it's systemic issues.
  3. Compare screening and assessment tools to determine appropriate applications.
  4. Asess the mental health risk and protective factors present in individual children and families.
  5. Recognize behaviours thaty indicate attachment, resliency and regulation in infants and young children.
  6. Formulate strategies to incorporate the families'/clients' social/historical/cultural context into asessments and interventions.

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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.