BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SOCW-440 - Social Work and Mental Health - 3.00 Credits

SOCW-440 - Social Work and Mental Health - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course provides an introduction to the practice of social work in the field of mental health. Students will critically examine historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives on mental illness, Canadian mental health law and policy, cultural and diversity aspects, classification and treatment, ethical issues and an exploration of selected mental health issues. This course is intended to provide introductory foundational knowledge in the field of mental health, rather than advanced knowledge and skills required for mental health practice.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Elective Courses
  • Course offered:
  • Spring 2024 (January - April)
  • Prerequisites : SOCW 200A, SOCW 200B, third year standing or permission of department head
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 39
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    • a beginning understanding of mental health concepts and issues related to the practice of social work;

    • a critical analysis of contemporary perspectives regarding mental health/mental illness including: bio-psycho-social-spiritual, medical, strengths, post-modernism, anti-psychiatry, critical, multi-systemic, and recovery approaches;

    • a critical understanding of diagnostic categories, labels, stigma and social exclusion associated with disabling conditions of mental health;

    • a beginning understanding of mental health and wellness concepts for Aboriginal peoples;

    • an analysis of gender, class, culture and diversity in relation to mental health;

    • an understanding of what it means to practice in anti-oppressive ways in the mental health field;

    • an understanding of current Canadian and BC mental health policy and law;

    • an understanding of selected forms of mental health concerns;

    • a beginning understanding of mental health practice and therapeutic methods, including the use of psychotropic medications;

    • an understanding of the specific role of social work in the field of mental health including professional roles, ethics and inter-professional practice; and

    • an appreciation of the "lived" experience of individuals and families who have experienced disabling conditions of mental health.

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    Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information:
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    F9:00AM - 12:00PM08 Jan 202405 Apr 2024