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  • Course | Mental Health Foundations


The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the personal and structural issues confronting people who have special needs.

Using an empowerment approach, which stresses the perspective of labelled or otherwise disadvantaged people, students will learn about how to work effectively with older adults, and people with labels such as the following: psychiatric disorder, physical disability, developmental disability, cognitive disorder, eating disorder, substance abuse, and family violence survivor. Students will be expected to conform to the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics in the classroom and in their coursework.


To register for this course, you must be accepted as a part-time Social Services Worker (SSW) student by completing an application package and meeting basic requirements. Full-time SSW students must have the permission of the part-time SSW co-ordinator in order to take this course.

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