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  • Objectives
    This 324-hour post-certificate/diploma program will prepare graduates to work with older adults in a wide variety of practice environments. The role of the graduate is based on two goals: first, to help older individuals achieve and maintain their highest possible level of functioning and development; and second, to provide or make possible the provision of care that is based on current and relevant theory, research, principles and practices in the field of gerontology. Students will acquire the specialized knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide optimal services and programs for older adults, their families and significant others. Graduates will work with individuals and the community to achieve these goals and to promote the individuals' well-being and quality of life. This program involves seven required courses, an applied research project, and a minimum of 78 elective hours. The Independent Learning Project is normally taken after all theory courses have been completed.
  • Academic Title
    Gerontology - Multidiscipline Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Course description
    COUN8240      Introduction To Counselling I
    Description: This course teaches a broad base of knowledge and skills related to the counselling process. The focus of the course will emphasize the practical aspects of the helping relationship and will include simulations and opportunities for developing a variety of counselling skills.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    DEMT8050     Overview Of Dementia Care

    Description: The main emphasis of this course will be on philosophy of care, i.e., providing a holistic model of care within the existing medical model. Appropriate physical and emotional environment, effects of the disease on caregiver, client and the family unit, role of research on caregiving, and the importance of on-going education to maintain competence will also be discussed. NOTE: It is strongly recommended that this course should be taken before other courses in the program.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    GERO8020     Changes In Later Life

    Description: This course presents changes in the lives of individuals that occur during the course of later life. Included for study will be: the changes in the physical structure and functions of the body; psychological changes and psychological well-being in later life; the effect of aging on the social pattern of later life and of family life; the interaction between the older cohort and society; and the impact on the individual older person of social norms and policies. The focus throughout the course will be a holistic view of the life pattern of the older person, facilitated by the use of scenario analyses.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    GERO8030     Program Development And Planning
    Description: This course will assist the student to understand the process of program planning and implementation, and it will provide opportunities for creative and innovative ideas to be formulated into program planning responses to meet the needs of clients. The importance of flexibility, creativity, partnerships and marketing in the current political, social and economic climate will be addressed. Students will be challenged to look for new directions and strategies appropriate for present and changing health care and social service environments. The course will also enable students to identify their role and that of others in the social enrichment and integrated growth of their community.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    GERO8040     Advocacy
    Description: Advocacy focuses on the opportunities inherent in any obstacle; such a situation provides a challenge and an opportunity for change. This course will explore the role of advocacy in addressing the need for change, and it will enable the student to develop the necessary skills to challenge barriers effectively. The process, methods, and uses of advocacy will be discussed, and issues related to individual, community and systemic change examined.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    GERO8050     Independent Learning Project-Gerontology
    Description: This course will provide the student with an opportunity to explore, in depth, a topic of particular interest in the field of Gerontology. The project must be approved in advance by the clinical liaison for the gerontology program. Teh project will have an applied focus and will include the identification of current issues and relevant resources, integrate theoretical knowledge, and suggest potential applications. The student will be expected to develop learning outcomes, establish the process to be followed, and conduct the project to a previously agreed upon end-point. A written report will be required on completion of the projet. It may be possible for the project to be conducted in the students own agency, provided the porject is clearly distint from the student's work role.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    GERO8170     Illness And Disability In Later Life
    Description: This course presents the older adult living with illness and/or disabilty. Included will be: the age-related dysfunctions which may occur in the body's tissues and systems; the risks and the needs for preventive self-care associated with physical illnesses; trajectories and treatments for common mental illnesses; care-giving issues for the family of the older person; interaction of the older person and family with the health- care system; issues in placement; ethical issues in the care of older people; and the concept of wholeness in relation to living with chronic illness or disability. The focus throughout the course will be a holistic view of the life pattern of the ill and/or disabled older person, facilitated by the use of scenario analysis.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    NURS8620     Gerontological Assessment
    Description: The focus of this course is on the multidisciplinary assessment of the older adult. Students will review and apply effective communication and interviewing techniques to use with older adults, including those with special needs. Areas of assessment and applicable tools will be discussed. Students will be encouraged to develp observational skills and analytical thinking. Having formulated hypotheses, students will apply this knowledge and decision-making in order to facilitate appropriate program planning.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

          Electives: Program Option     
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 78 Hours

    Elective Courses:

    COMM8010     Communication And Interpersonal Skills

    Description: This course will focus on dementia specific communication skills, approaches to use, problem-solving approaches, cueing, working in teams, working with families, interagency partnering, confidentiality, change process and quality assurance. Before taking this course it is strongly recommended that students complete 'Overview of Dementia Care'.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    COUN8040     Counselling Skills II

    Description: This course offers helpers an opportunity to practice skills and develop attitudes necessary when engaged in significant and caring relationships. It focuses attention on the problem-solving model and its application within a counselling relationship.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: COUN8240

    DEMT8080     Mental Health Problems In Later Life
    Description: This course will present information about mental health problems and their relation to the process of aging. Assessment of specific mental health disorders, including substance abuse, paranoia, and psychotic disorders, and the various treatment modalities and management techniques will be examined. Knowledge about dementia is recommended prior to taking this course. Interventions discussed will be applicable for elderly persons residing either in community or institutional settings. Course assignments will require that students have current involvement with elderly persons. The focus of this course is on a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to understanding mental health problems in later life and will include an examination of personal values and attitudes towards mental health issues.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    DEMT8100     Drugs And The Elderly

    Description: Admission: Diploma/degree in the health or human services field; and/or Current Certificate of Registration - RN., RPN. Recommended for RPNs: RPN Administration of Medications. Drug use in the elderly is an area of concern for all health professionals working with this population. Concerns include overuse and inappropriate use of medications, the rising costs of medications and the risk of adverse drug reactions. This course will focus on drugs commonly prescribed for older adults and age-related changes that affect their use. We will also discuss adverse drug reactions and drug interactions. The difficulties that elderly clients have complying with a medication regimen will also be discussed as well as methods to assist them in taking their medications properly.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    GERO8010     Nutrition And The Elderly
    Description: This course will examine the nutritional needs of older adults. The nutritional implications of the aging process, factors affecting nutritional status, and assessment methods will be discussed. The course will examine nutrition intervention techniques, including education and counselling, nutrition-related disorders, and the relationships between nutrients and drugs. A discussion of food delivery and nutrition programs will include their contribution to the client's social, psychological and nutritional well-being.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    GERO8160     Elder Abuse
    Description: Admission: Health and human services background and/or current work experience with older adults. The issue of elder abuse is receiving increasing attention. The students in this course will be helped to recognize the potential for, and occurrence of abuse. The definitions and categories of abuse will be discussed, as well as profiles of the abused and abusers. Consideration will be given to factors that may precipitate elder abuse, in the home or institution, and possible indicators of abuse identified. Attitudes, both past and present will be examined. Intervention strategies directed to both the abused and the abuser will be described.
    Hours: 18
    Credits: 1

    NURS8600     Team Building: Today For Tomorrow
    Description: Rapid organizational changes are occurring throughout the health and human service fields. Institutions and community agencies are shifting towards a teamwork philosophy and culture that encourages empowerment and personal responsibility. Through experiential exercises students will be able to gain an understanding of the current team work concepts and acquire the knowledge and skills critical to maintaining effective practice.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    PALL8020     Physical Aspects Of Palliative Care

    Description: This course deals with the most common disease states that require a palliative care response, and explores the questions that can be used to extract a better understanding of the symptoms, to develop a differential diagnosis, and to facilitate intelligent discussion with other interdisciplinary team members. An understanding of common investigative procedures will enable the student to give understandable explanations to the client and family. The rationale for complicated medication profiles will be addressed to identify the relative importance of each medication. The course will be aimed at the level of knowledge that a health care professional needs to be a contributing interdisciplinary team member for a patient who has an end-stage disease and will also assist RN's preparing for the CNA Certification examination in Hospice Palliative Care.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: PALL8030

    PALL8030     Foundations of Palliative Care

    Description: Students will gain an awareness of what is meant by Hospice Palliative Care and it's development in Canada and Ontario. Emphasis will be placed on the values and principles that assist us in reaching the goals of care. Team work and the development of effective communication with clients and their families will be discussed. The students will explore the value of personal and professional self care while working with palliative clients, the stressors that are involved and the importance of maintaining professional boundaries. This course is a pre-requisite for all required courses to be taken in the palliative certificate program except for Bereavement Issues.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    PALL8090     Bereavement Issues
    Description: This course will provide students with bereavement theory and practical applications to assist them in their work with palliative care patients and their families. Topics to be covered will be assessing grief, emotions and grief, complicated grief, grief groups, grief work models, practical therapeutic techniques and grief issues for children. Course assignments and reading will be focused on practical grief work issues. This course will also help students in assessing their own grief issues and how that may help or hinder their work in palliative care.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

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