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Past, Present, Future

Past, Present, Future Unit Takeaways Appreciate system user perspectives on mental health policy Understand relations of power in the mental health system (patient/doctor/nurse/staff) Artefacts The artefacts for this unit are three short plays, fictionalized accounts of mental health experiences in the past, present, and imagined future. Play 1: “But Now We Know Better”  (past) Transcript …

Tools for Recovery

Tools for Recovery Unit Takeaways Recognize the importance of peer support in developing coping strategies and new skill sets Value creativity and community engagement as pathways to confidence and wellbeing Acknowledge systemic barriers to recovery Artefact The artefact for this unit is a recovery memoir by community expert Margo Robinson setting out what she thinks …

Designing Dementia Care

Designing Dementia Care Unit Takeaways Recognize that the inherent ageism in our society permeates policy and practice Appreciate the need to create residential care facilities that afford full and dignified lives for older adults with cognitive or physical limitations Understand that in an institutional setting, the conditions of care and the conditions of work are …

Speaking to History

Speaking to History: Mental Health Policy Unit Takeaways Understand the circumstances and ideas that informed deinstitutionalization policies and how they shaped day-to-day practice and the lives of service users Identify the ways in which restrictions and discipline characteristic of the earlier long-stay mental health hospitals have been reproduced in the bureaucratized mental health and social …

Components: Self-Guided

Components: Self-Guided Timing: 10 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Irit Shimrat’s short video illuminates both the extreme loss of self that is characteristic of emotional and mental crisis and the potential for personal resiliency in difficult circumstances. Educators and learners can use this component to explore patient-practitioner relationships and the potential for different approaches to healing. …

Artefacts: Self-guided Learning

Artefacts: Self-guided Learning Timing: 15 minutes, flexible Mode: In class; Online Ya’Ya Heit makes a very clear connection between Indigenous experiences of mental health and wellbeing and the historical and contemporary context of colonialism.  Begin by having your students read the Learning Lens and Artefacts in Situ sections as background and examine Heit’s art and …

Artefacts: Self-Guided 1

Artefacts: Self-Guided 1 – Sterilization as Law and Practice Timing: 45 minutes Mode: In-class; online Sterilization legislation in Alberta was a legal response to broadly-held eugenicist ideas which understood the larger social good to be dependant on limiting the reproductive capacity of certain citizens.  This set of historical documents and audio commentary allows students to …

Question Man

Question Man Unit Takeaways Appreciate that patients may experience mental health services as oppressive and soul-destroying Understand the importance of practitioners working with patients to help reclaim strengths and strategies that were part of their identity before they experienced mental health difficulties Value voice, resiliency, resistance and experiential knowledge in supporting good mental health Artefact …

The Psychiatric Gaze

The Psychiatric Gaze Unit Takeaways Appreciate the negative impact of power imbalances and distance in the mental health system between those who provide and those who use services Understand the damage that can be done in the practitioner-patient relationship when patients are understood through their diagnoses rather than their skills and life experience Recognize the …