|Field of Study:||Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician
|Description:||This program has been designed to provide the student with a critical overview of mental health, mental illness and addiction in contemporary society. Within a broad socio-historical context that included epidemiological, cultural and demographic factors, the program will focus on the conceptual and practical issues involved in understanding, preventing and treating mental health and addiction problems, keying primarily on issues of concern to the practitioner, including prevention, identification and treatment approaches, from an integrative bio-psycho-social perspective Topics will include psycho-social and bio-medical modalities of care and treatment and their evidence base. Participants will also evolving perspectives on addiction and mental illness, including behavioural addictions, such as those related to gambling, internet and shopping. Approaches based on abstinence and harm reduction will be examined. Addiction and mental illness will be approached from the perspective of mental and behavioural health, person-centred care, wellbeing, recovery, and the social determinants of health. Evidence-informed approaches will be to address the practical issues that arise in helping people towards recovery and wellbeing.