This course is designed to provide students with a variety of theoretical perspectives to understanding families. It considers the diversity of families including exploration of cultural differences, same-sex parents, single parents and blended families. The role of marriage is examined, as well as childbearing and socialization. Issues such as middle age, empty nest, aging in the family, and special concerns such as chronic illness, disability, alcoholism, violence, and poverty are introduced.This is a student resource site that compliments the face to face classroom instruction.

This course is designed to assist the student to develop self-awareness as a helper and to develop both an understanding and a beginning level of skill in interviewing and counselling.. Students are required to participate in exercises, role plays, simulations and video taping in interviews and counselling in order to accomplish the course objectives.

MHAD 500 Mental Health and Addictions is an introduction to the study of Mental Health and Addiction problems from a lifespan perspective, with a special focus on aging populations. The course examines a spectrum of Mental Health and Substance Use problems pertinent to men and women over 50 years of age from a harm reduction perspective.  A case-based approach is used to highlight the biological, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of Mental Health and Substance Use problems that may occur as people grow older.

This course is designed to introduce students to the practice of social work considering the ideological and historical influences which have shaped social work in Canada. The value, knowledge and skill foundations to this challenging profession are investigated. Further, it explores the roles of social workers and their methods of intervention based on several practice frameworks, including systems, strengths perspectives, structural, feminist and Aboriginal approaches. Throughout the course, the present trends and directions of the profession and field are discussed.

This site compliments the face to face class. This course is designed to provide an orientation to professionals and agencies providing social services in the West Kootenay as well as to prepare students for practicum activities. Students visit a variety of settings where services are available to deal with a wide range of issues. Resource people are brought in to furnish workshops and information which supplements the course content. The course is an introduction to the notion of applying theory to practice. These experiences should assist students in making their choice of field placement for the winter term as well as increasing their understanding of the depth and breadth of the social service system in this area. Data collection, observation and analytical skills will be developed and demonstrated through this course.