Mental Health Counselling

This course provides an overview of the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders using the psychosocial rehabilitation model. DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for specific mental health disorders will be introduced, along with models of recovery and treatment. This course will examine the nature, causes, and prevalence of mental illness, as well as treatment options, including medication, psycho-social rehabilitation, and mental health counselling interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing. This course will provide experiential opportunities for students to demonstrate their assessment and counselling skills in the treatment of mental health disorders.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:

  • Understand the nature, causes and prevalence of mental illness
  • Demonstrate familiarity with DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bi-polar and related disorders, schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, and personality disorders
  • Define the key principles of psycho-social rehabilitation
  • Understand the nature and purpose of BC’s Mental Health Act 
  • Demonstrate awareness of resources and treatment options available to clients who are suffering from a mental health disorder
  • Demonstrate appropriate interventions for a variety of mental health concerns 
  • Demonstrate the use of humanistic approaches, cognitive behavioural therapy, and motivational interviewing skills in the treatment of mental health disorders

Additional Information

Found in These Programs: Professional Counsellor Diploma

Course Type: Evening (PT)

Course Length: 12 weeks

Course Hours: 48

Prerequisites: COUN 100