Death is an elemental aspect of life. It is an inevitable transition yet it seems to remain one stage of the life cycle that causes most discomfort. This course enables students to explore their own life backgrounds as they engage in a critical and exploratory study of ideas and issues surrounding Death and Dying. The course will look at Society's attitudes about death, varied meanings and definitions and their influence on the thoughts and feeling of an individual's capacity to acknowledge and prepare for end of life. Students will study the concept of a Death System as theorized by Robert Kastenbaum. Students will look at issues related to anxiety, acceptance or denial and palliative care. The will allow students to examine causes of death, including illness, traumatic loss and suicide. Students will also examine the critical role of the communication processes in understanding and relating to dying people.Textbook Required.
Dual diagnosis refers to a condition wherein an individual with a developmental disability is also diagnosed with a mental health problem such as mood disorder, schizophrenia, dissociative, anxiety, and/or personality disorder. This course educates students about the nature of dual diagnosis, and need for coordinated systems of support. Textbook required.
This course provides students with an overview of the concepts and principles relevant to therapeutic group work. There are three main areas of focus that will be covered; types of group work, the theoretical stages of group process and ethical techniques for enhancing therapeutic outcomes. The course examines group stage-related themes such as preparing members, forming group norms, establishing member goals, addressing confidentiality and trust related issues, working with strong emotions and consolidation of learning. An experiential component of the course provides students with the opportunity to experience group process both as a group member and facilitator. Feedback on students’ involvement in group process will be provided by the professor and through related assignments. Prerequisite: Interviewing Skills II. Textbook required.
This course is intended to build and expand upon the foundation of counselling skills introduced and practiced in Interviewing Skills I. Students will be introduced to various higher order skills as measured by the interpersonal influence continuum. In addition, students will be introduced to a variety of major theoretical perspectives on counseling, including the person-centered, cognitive behavioral and brief therapy models. Emphasis will be placed on experiential learning and students will have the opportunity to integrate theoretical concepts with their emerging counselling skills. Prerequisite: Interviewing Skills I. This course has mandatory chats. Textbook Required.
Software required: Access to a video recording device, which can capture audio is required.