Psychosocial Rehabilitation (MHCP 203)

Course Name

Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR)

Course Description

Psychosocial Rehabilitation focuses on the concept of recovery and utilizes the PSR approach to keep the person with mental illness at the centre of all interventions. It is grounded in the notion of recovery and self-determination (empowerment) for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.


This course explores the ways and means of how psychosocial/psychiatric rehabilitation can assist the individual and the mental health system in achieving recovery. This course focuses on core concepts of psychiatric rehabilitation, psychiatric rehabilitation models and methods, and some of the key competencies for working in a psychiatric rehabilitation environment.

Subject Code

MHCP 203

Learning Objectives

During this course, students will:

  • acquire and/or enhance their ability to apply critical thinking through an understanding of the theoretical, philosophical and applied nature of PSR;
  • gain a familiarity with mental health services’ utilization of PSR practices and/or opportunity for growth in PSR practice;
  • become familiar with some of the key methods available to assist individuals with SPMI in their recovery process; and
  • understand the core competencies required to successfully practice PSR.



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  • Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or proof of equivalent as outlined in detail here: /programs-courses/general-information/admissions
  • Successful completion of the Introduction to Mental Health course and/or be a health professional with current experience in the mental health field.
  • Criminal Record Search

Course Content

Topics covered include:

  • Recovery and Spirituality: a conceptual framework and practical application
  • Defining Mental Illness, Stigma and Resiliency
  • Symptoms and Etiology of Severe and Persistent Mental Illness
  • Working with Individuals with Concurrent Disorders
  • Course, Outcome and Treatment of Mental Illness
  • Family Involvement: a shifting paradigm
  • Foundations of PSR
  • PSR Methods and Models
  • Strengths Model: Framework and Application
  • Competencies:
    • Ethical decision-making
    • Communications: one-to-one
    • Communications: group work/advocacy
    • Communications: written documentation
    • Goal setting
    • Direct skills
    • Community mapping and networking

Learning Resources

Nemec Best Practices in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Available through the .

Instruction Method

Online course in Blackboard, and completion of a 50-hour clinical placement experience.


Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.


  • 4 assignments
  • 1 exam
  • Practicum


Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).

Completion Timeframe

6 months (120 hours) from course start date

Registration and course start

To register, email with your registration request and proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements.  You will then be prompted for payment to the CE Registration office, to finalize your registration. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.


Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.


CRN provided by department. 

Registration dates and deadlines