MHB399 - Advanced Studies in Community Mental Health

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Subject Title
Advanced Studies in Community Mental Health

Subject Description
This course will focus on the key theoretical and analytical frameworks in the field of community mental health and addictions. Students will have an opportunity to strengthen research, advanced writing, and analytical skills in the context of the analysis of key social issues in community mental health.


This bridging course offers a foundation for diploma-level graduates of helping or related professions in community mental health and addictions and the theoretical orientation of the program, social determinants of health. Students will be introduced to social determinants of health theory and practice in general and specifically as they apply to mental health and addictions, health inequity and sociological concepts of health, the mental health recovery movement and paradigm, the field of community mental health and addictions as well as issues related to the field and practice, and critical perspectives in community mental health and addictions. Students will study selected readings from the first two years of the BCMH degree as well as readings unique to this bridging course that offer an overview of some material focused on more specifically in the degree program. Drawing on their knowledge developed in their diploma programs, assignments will focus on developing an in-depth orientation to and application of the social determinants of mental health, which is a significant focus of the first two years of the degree program.  

Credit Status
One Credit

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

  1. Describe health, wellness, and illness within the bio-psychosocial model
  2. Explain the impact of food, shelter, employment security, and social inclusion on health, wellness, and illness
  3. Evaluate strategies for engagement that are employed in intervention and advocacy work in the mental health field
  4. Develop a strong theoretical foundation for conceptualizing mental health and addictions through a social determinants of health perspective

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.

    •  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.

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

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

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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