IMHA 310 - Foundations for Practice

This course provides foundational knowledge to support individuals and families involved in mental health and substance issues.  Concepts regarding multiculturalism, diversity, and equality are explored through a strength-based, collaborative, and recovery-oriented framework.


Credits: 3


Hours:  45 (Lecture Hours: 45)




Non-Course Prerequisites:
Program admission or  permission of the instructor




Course Content:
- Perspectives in mental health
- Medical model and DSM-5                                                                                                                                              
- Mental disorders                                                                                            
- Addiction
- Cultural and social perspectives
- Indigenous perspectives
- Trauma
- Recovery vision
- Care contexts
- Practice contexts

Learning Outcomes:
- Evaluate theories and frameworks used to conceptualize and respond to mental illness and substance use
- Articulate and conceptualize a mental health diagnosis from multiple theoretical perspectives
- Demonstrate knowledge of indicators, etiology, and impact of common mental health and addiction   challenges, and of the interrelationships between mental illness and substance use
- Describe and critically assess current approaches to the design and delivery of services and supports for mental health and addiction
- Apply a multicultural perspective to practice through critical self-reflection, knowledge, and skill development


Grading System: Letter Grades


Passing Grade: C+


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.