MHB699 - Crisis Counselling and Therapeutic Approaches

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Subject Title
Crisis Counselling and Therapeutic Approaches

Subject Description
This course examines the basic tenets and therapeutic processes that characterize various theoretical approaches to counseling.  The models are clustered according to the four major forces in psychology:  Psychodynamic (Psychoanalytic, Adlerian); Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural (Behavioural, CBT; DBT & Mindfulness); Humanistic (Existential, Person-Centred, Gestalt); and Contextual/Systemic (Feminist, Family Systems, Multicultural). The evidence base for specific modalities on treatment outcomes will be explored. A particular focus on developing the therapeutic alliance will be a focus throughout the course.  Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of the various approaches as well as self-reflection in relation to values, beliefs, and assumptions about human nature, and worldview. As part of a unified approach across all modalities, students will learn the techniques and skills to manage and deescalate a crisis situation.  They will examine precipitating factors that may lead to a crisis, the pattern of the conflict cycle, and specific calming and deescalating techniques. Students will also learn how to have a trauma-informed therapeutic approach to community mental health and addictions practice.

Credit Status
One Credit

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

  1. Compare and contrast various counselling theories and modalities
  2. Assess the evidence base for best practice mental health treatment interventions
  3. Identify characteristics of crises
  4. Discuss professional and ethical issues related to crisis and counselling interventions
  5. Practice case conceptualization, crisis de-escalation and intervention techniques

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.

    •  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.

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