In this course students explore trauma-informed practices at the individual, organizational and systemic levels. Students develop and understanding of the diverse needs of trauma survivors and how women, men, children and youth experience trauma differently. The effect of trauma on the brain is studied and the way service may be adapted is discussed. Content includes an overview of services for people with trauma, substance use and mental health including parenting, child welfare and supports for children. Textbook Required.
To register for this course you have to be accepted into the Addictions and Mental Health Graduate certificate program. If you have not already done so you must declare your interest and submit your admissions requirements to St. Lawrence College when requested. After you have been accepted you are able to complete your registration.
This course educates students about drug and alcohol use and the abuse of various substances in the body and how it affects ones Behaviour. An introduction to the science of Pharmacology is included and students will study a number of drugs such as: alcohol, nicotine, prescription drugs, hallucinogens, cocaine, narcotics and marijuana, inhalants and steroids. They will also examine concepts of clinical practice and program design and learn how and when to apply them. Prerequisite: Post-Secondary Degree or Diploma. High Level of proficiency in written and oral communication (English). Textbook required.
Access to mental health and addictions services can be challenging due to the complexity of the system of service, funding sources and issues relating to stigma and barriers. In this course, students learn about the current issues, trends and developments in the integration of services in order to promote co-ordinated, efficient access to services while focusing on early intervention, treatment and community supports. Students explore a range of services for children, youth, adults, older adults and individuals with special needs. Workplace issues and supports are discussed.
Students will enhance their capacity in working with members of non-dominant populations. Students will facilitate development of self-awareness, theoretical knowledge and skill acquisition. Assignments will entail a strong component of personal reflection and self-assessment. Students will develop knowledge and skills necessary to inform work with multicultural and diverse individuals and groups identified by age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity and socioeconomic, etc. Students will critically examine the concept of diversity, stigmatized social identities and the impact on services and supports. This course has mandatory chats. No textbook required.
In this course, students develop their knowledge of ethical guidelines and practice in addictions and mental health within an inter-professional context. Students reflect on their individual scope of practice and build on their understanding and practice of effective and professional teamwork. Inter-professional and ethical challenges and dilemmas are analyzed in case scenarios, and ethical approaches are discussed. Students review certification options after graduation and develop personal plans and professional portfolios.
Students develop knowledge and skills in facilitating counselling groups with individuals who are experiencing issues related to addictions and mental health. Students examine group theory, group dynamics, and group processes and apply their knowledge to group facilitation. Practical application is emphasized and each student is given the opportunity to experience leading, facilitating and participating in simulated groups. No Textbook Required.
Bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment and interventions and the determining of health are explored in this course. Holistic interventions and current practices are included such as mindfulness, nutrition, exercise, and self-care and continuing care. Interdisciplinary practice and inter-professional collaboration is emphasized. Students explore the notion of family and the role in holistic intervention. Prerequisite: Post-Secondary Degree or Diploma. High Level of proficiency in written and oral communication (English).
In this course students critically review disorders characterized by diminished control over behaviour such as gambling, internet use, and gaming. These disorders have historically been conceptualized as impulse control disorders and / non-substance or "behavioural" addictions. An overview of disordered eating and sexual addiction will also be covered. Students study the classification of DSM. Textbook Required.
Students study theoretical concepts and practical skills necessary to assist clients in recognizing concerns or issues and working toward desired outcomes. Students are introduced to the theoretical foundations of various models of counselling and develop active listening skills. A key focus is assisting clients to identify and highlight their strengths by finding positive outcomes that are related to their concerns or issues. Learning to facilitate client self-empowerment and development occurs by acquiring additional skills through the effective use of queries, observation, self-reflection and a comprehensive understanding of a client's behaviour and communication style. Students also examine information and assistances concerning crisis, grief and bereavement. Learning outcomes are achieved through the use of lecture, discussion, experiential exercises and presentation of audio and visual resources. No Textbook Required.
This course provides an introduction to addictions, mental health and concurrent disorders, the unique features of each and the integration of services and supports in addictions and mental health. Students explore the prevention and treatment continuum in Canada, historical and cultural perspectives and frameworks and models. A bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework is addressed, and current practices are reviewed, including research and best practice guidelines.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-oriented, collaborative, evidence-informed approach to counselling which is focused on exploring and resolving ambivalence and enhancing motivation to change. Students study the application of MI in addictions and mental health. Practical skills, concepts and essential strategies of MI are integrated into clinical practice in order to promote behaviour change and maintenance of gains. Through case studies, demonstrations and experiential learning, students develop their MI skills. No Textbook Required.
Youth are highly diverse group and vary in age, development, culture, religion, sexual orientation, skills, capacities, interests and strengths. This course examines youth in a system of relationships with family, peers, their community and others, and the ways members of this system can have a significant impact on substance use, other addictions and mental health. Students are introduced to current issues in addiction and mental health in youth, risk factors, developmental and other considerations for assessment, treatment counselling, relapse prevention, maintenance and other supports including harm reduction and skill building strategies. This course has mandatory group work. Prerequisite: Post-Secondary Degree or Diploma. High Level of proficiency in written and oral communication (English). No Textbook Required.