This course focuses on how the "strengths perspective" can be applied in case management to create a context for the empowerment of older adults with mental health issues.
Students will identify, develop, and use skills specific to empowerment-oriented case management that include: awareness of systemic issues; engagement and understanding of individual life stories; barriers identification and reinforcement of internal strengths. Discussion of issues of competency, risk, substitute decision makers, power of attorney for finances and personal care, the right to refuse care and the concept of self-determination will include an examination of Ontario legislation regarding the rights of vulnerable adults. Case studies will focus on a number of at-risk groups, including older adults impacted upon by substance abuse, cognitive impairment, psychiatric and mental health issues. The course will consider ethical issues related to aging.