BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ADCT-103 - Introduction to Mental Health - 3.00 Credits

ADCT-103 - Introduction to Mental Health - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course introduces students to the principle of mental health and its association to the legacy of colonization. Students examine the colonization process as it relates to current high rates of depression, anxiety, alcoholism, suicide, and violence in Aboriginal communities. Students are required to use critical thinking and reasoning skills. An Aboriginal perspective guides the delivery of this course.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Foundational Skills in Counselling Certificate - Certificate Completion Plan
  • Indigenous Holistic Wellness and Addictions Certificate - IHWA Courses
  • Course offered:
  • Summer 2024 (May - August)
  • Summer 2025 (May - August)
  • Prerequisites : Program Admission
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 Per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • articulate the impact of Residential Schools on the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual functioning of Aboriginal people as it relates to alcoholism, violence and mental health;

  • define health from both an Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perspective;

  • communicate basic health beliefs and practices of Aboriginal people;

  • understand the impact of colonization on Aboriginal health and wellness;

  • demonstrate an understanding that social structure and cultural traditions are “infused” with spirituality and cannot be separated from other life activities;

  • assess the reliability and validity of current diagnostic and assessment instruments in context to Aboriginal people; and

  • develop critical reasoning skills by way of classroom discussions and analyzing selected theories.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Appleby, G., Colon, E. & J. Hamilton. (2001). Diversity, oppression and social functioning: Person-in-environment assessment and intervention. Toronto: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Other Resources:
  • Nabigon, H. & A. Mawhiney. (1996). Aboriginal theory: A Cree medicine wheel guide for healing First Nations. Social work treatment. New York: Free Press.
  • Shestowsky, B. (1992). Traditional medicines and primary health care among Canadian Aboriginal people: A discussion paper with annotated bibliography prepared for the Indian and Inuit nurses of Canada.
  • Kirmayer L.J., Fletcher, Gill K., Tgernar, Y., Quesney, C. & A. Smith. (1993). Emerging trends in research on mental health among Canadian Aboriginal peoples. Montreal: Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved March 2003.
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    M,T,W,TH,F8:00AM - 5:00PM09 Jun 202429 Jun 2024
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date