Government and Social Services

Course Info:

Course Introduction

Government and Social Services introduces students to health of both the individual and the population of Canada. Students begin with the history of Health Care in Canada, including the Canada Health Act. They learn about the Federal and Provincial governments’ roles in health care funding. They explore the various practitioners, practices, regulations, and laws regarding health care, both now, and as it trends toward the future. This course also includes certificates of completion for Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and First Aid and CPR, Level C. This course consists of 15 days (75 hours) of daily, participative learning sessions.

Course Prerequisites

Completion of Business Communication and Report Writing

Course Notes

Students are supplied with textbooks for ongoing reference. In addition to quizzes, tests, and assignments, there is a Final Exam upon completion of the course. Students must achieve a mark of 75% overall and on the Final Exam to successfully complete the course.

Course Breakdown

Health and the Individual: Health models, the psychology of health behaviour, sick role behaviour, and the health of Canadians today

Population Health: Introduction and Principles: Population health, introduction of population health to Canada, and implementing population health in Canada

The History of Health Care in Canada: The Canada Health Act

The Federal Government’s Role in Health Care: Health Canada, independent agencies of health Canada, and other pertinent agencies

Provincial and Territorial Governments: Provincial and territorial health care plans, health insurance, drug plans, and health care: who pays for it?

The Dollars and “Sense” of Health Care Funding: Levels of health care funding, and major areas of health care expenditures

Practitioners and Practice Settings: Regulation of health care professions, health care professionals, practice settings, and primary health care reform

The Law and Health Care: Laws used in health care legislation, workplace safety/drugs and the law, health care as a right, and the health record

Current Issues and Future Trends in Health Care in Canada: Human health resources, drug coverage and access to medical care, aboriginal health care, the health care system going electronic, and the future of primary health care reform

Crisis Intervention Training: What is non-violent crisis intervention training, identifying crisis-leading behaviours, de-escalation techniques, dealing with your own anxiety and fear, principles of personal safety, when to use physical intervention, how to maintain rapport, and properly documenting an incident.

  • Program: Community Support Service Programs

  • Course Aim: Students will gain knowledge in the fundamentals of the way the government and social services operate in Canada, as these agencies are generally the funding source and resources for the Community Service and Social Worker industry.

  • Of interest to: This course is of interest to those actively pursuing CSW training as part of their life-long career journey.

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