IMH108 - Fundamentals of Communications and Counselling with Families

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Subject Title
Fundamentals of Communications and Counselling with Families

Subject Description
Being able to communicate effectively and engage in empathetic interactions with others is an essential competency in the partnering with families and professionals. Consequently, this introductory course promotes the development of communication and support skills essential to building rapport with families and colleagues in diverse sociocultural contexts. Students will examine the complexities of communication and necessity for self-reflection. A variety of theoretical approaches to counselling will also be critically analyzed. Furthermore, students will explore how practitioner life experiences and theoretical perspectives impact collaboration with families from diverse backgrounds. Approaches for maintaining responsive relationships within the context of service delivery in infant mental health are discussed. 

Credit Status
IMH 108 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:

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

1. Identify communication skills for building rapport and maintaining responsive relationships with families and professionals.
2. Evaluate verbal and non-verbal communication patterns to support effective and empathetic professional interactions.
3. Articulate approaches to navigating interactions that are challenging using client-centered principles and practices.
4. Critically analyze counseling theories and approaches to inform practice with families from diverse sociocultural backgrounds.
5. Formulate a personal philosophy for collaborating with caregivers of infants and young children in the context of infant mental health service delivery.
6. Practice reflection to increase self-awareness and support ethical and empathetic partnerships with families in a variety of professional contexts.

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.