SSW373 - Selected Issues: Mental Health

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Subject Title
Selected Issues: Mental Health

Subject Description
Mental Health is a significant health and social issue, with profound economic, social, political and personal consequences.  This course will provide a framework for understanding the fundamental concepts in mental health and mental illness.  We will examine a number of key domains in the mental health field, including: underlying theories of stigma, terminology and the range of diagnosis, pharmacology, intervention, policy, and the consumer/survivor movement.  We will examine treatment issues in working with a number of diverse populations.  Students will gain an overview of the scope of the mental health field and its relevance to social service work and child and youth care.

Credit Status
One credit in the Social Service Worker Diploma program.

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

• Differentiate between mental health and mental illness;
• Define key concepts in the mental health field;
• Identify key mental health statistics in Canada;
• Identify available mental health services in Ontario;
• Examine the seven most prevalent mental health diagnoses;
• Identify treatment modalities for mental illness;
• Analyze the stigma associated with mental health in Canada; and
• Recognize the principles for good mental health and self-awareness.

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