This self-paced online course will provide learners with practical information about mental health and effective strategies for supporting people experiencing mental health related concerns. The training has been designed to assist service providers in recognizing the signs and symptoms of major mental illnesses such as anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders and substance dependency disorders. Learners will become familiar with the different types of interventions available to support people living with and/or affected by mental health issues.
This training will also explore the following topics: risk factors for mental health illness; the survival function of mental illness; the role of stigma and its impact on homelessness; complex challenges service users face; an integrated model of clinical practice and staff self-care strategies.
Expected Learning Outcomes
By the end of this training, learners will...
- Know how to connect with clients and create therapeutic alliances
- Learn about an integrated model of practice that includes working with an Anti-Oppressive Approach, within an Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression (ARAO) framework, trauma, attachment and harm reduction-informed
- Be able to name and describe common mental health disorders, signs and symptoms, that people may experience
- Describe complex client challenges that prevent clients from accessing the social determinants of health
- Be prepared to practice effective intervention strategies, including supporting clients with navigating the social services sector to access resources
- Learn how to improve workplace skills by practicing ongoing self-care, self-reflection, learning about stigma and mental health experiences
It will take approximately six hours to complete this self-paced online course. To obtain proof of completion, all course requirements must be completed within 30 days of enrollment.