SRC933 - Mental Health Issues

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Subject Title
Mental Health Issues

Subject Description
This course is designed to familiarize students with a historical, theoretical and practical understanding of the complexities of mental mental health issues. The diagnosis and treatment of mental illness will be explored as well as workplace factors. Sudents will also learn about the implications of ethical behaviour and diversity as they relate to mental health.

Credit Status
Credit toward the Seneca Rehabilitation Certificate

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Identify and discuss current concepts in the mental health field;

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the key mental health disorders;

3. Identify treatment interventions for key mental health disorders;

4. Utilize resources to remain current in the understanding of mental health disorders;

5. Articulate an understanding of the role that diversity plays in mental health;

6. Discuss the importance of Ethics in the rehabilitation process with respect to individuals with mental health issues and

7. Identify actions required for crisis situations

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Students should consult the website information each semester to ensure they have current information regarding program requirements. Online at:

Topic Outline
Subject Areas Include:

  • Historical Overview
  • Stigma
  • Recovery
  • The DSM
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality Disorders
  • Somatoform Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Concurrent Disorders
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • The Forensic Mental Health System
  • Treatment Options
  • Responding to Crisis
  • Diversity
  • Implications for Rehabilitation
  • Mental health in the Workplace
  • Ethics in Mental Health

Mode of Instruction
In-class Learning:
A variety of teaching methods will be used including lectures, discussions, small group work.

This may involve the use of digital materials and / or a text, group discussion, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts
Davison, G. C., Blankstein, K.R., Flett, G.L., Neale, J.M. (2013) Abnormal Psychology. Toronto, ON: John Wiley & Sons Canada LTD. ISBN: 978-1-118-76481-7

McNamara,S. (Ed). (2009). Voices of Recovery. Boston: Boston University, Centre for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. ISBN - 13:978-1-878512-23-9

Reference Material
APA citation

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.  Assignments must be handed in on or before the end date. 

Any missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date.  Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting  of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

Assignments are to be grammatically correct, and marks may be deducted for errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express their thoughts clearly in their written work.

All assignments must be cited.  Students are referred to the following web site for Seneca College library APA Style Guide for citation and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):

A student must obtain a passing grade (50% or higher) on the combined assignments and term work.


Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Assignment #1 (Written Assignment) 15%
Assignment #2 (Discussion x 2) 20%
Mid Term Exam 30%
Final Exam 35%

Approved by: Lisa Somers