This course covers the identification and symptomology as it applies to psychpathology, an understanding of the DSM V criteria and specific cases, and helps students to develop an awareness of some of the more common psychopathologies and how they may interrelate and how addictive behaviour may impact on mental health/mental illness.

This course covers human hormonal and neurochemical processes as they relate to human behavior and substance use/abuse. Students will integrate their understanding of the organization and functioning of the Central Nervous System with its relationship to addictive behavior and the therapeutic effects of pharmacotherapy for mental health. The course focuses upon the "fundamental concepts" associated with the study of addictive behaviour and relates these to personal and societal biases regarding psychoactive drugs and drug use. Mental health/illness is discussed in the context of pharmacotherapy as well as the complexities associated with concurrent recreational drug use. The information gained in the course provides students with the ability to assess the impact of drug use on psychosocial functioning and plan and implement substance-specific interventions.

This course covers family systems and family counselling perspective. Students will learn to view human behavior and behavior problems including substance abuse and mental health problems, as expressions of family interactions and structures. Several current therapeutic models of counselling will be contrasted with a family systems approach. Family dynamics will be explored as factors in the development/maintenance of substance abuse and mental health. Students will be introduced to assessment and treatment planning strategies with families affected by substance abuse/mental health.

This course prepares the student to apply case management principles and models across a diverse range of treatment settings, particularly those which specialize in addictions and/or mental health issues. This course will help the student to develop an awareness of the of the crucial role case management plays in supporting clients through the various stages and services of treatment. The course also introduces students to the current structure and aims of the provincial addiction and mental health system, in order to provide a larger context for the purpose of and framework within which case management principles will be applied. Core functions of case management will be examined throughout the course, including assessment skills and tools, professional documentation skills, linking strategies and the role of advocacy. Emphasis will also be placed on ethical, legal and professional practice issues that accompany the responsibilities and complexities of case management.

This 39-hour program will help you to develop the knowledge and skills required to effectively address two of Canada’s leading health care issues – mental health and addictive behaviours. You will gain both a theoretical understanding and the clinical skills required to help your clients successfully navigate their challenges with mental health and/or addictive behaviours as they begin their journey to wellness.