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Course Description

This course is 15 learning hours inclusive of 4 hours of live facilitated sessions. It is recommended that learners spend approximately 3 hours per week on this course, inclusive of the one-hour weekly live session. 


There have been recent strides to support the idea that people with different types of brains can bring new opportunities and new talents to the workforce, not just new challenges. People with a mental health history, as well as people who suffer from learning disabilities, are becoming a valued part of a diverse workforce. However, throughout history people with a mental health record have been marginalized, often suffering under arbitrary or cruel care, or left to be homeless or on the wrong side of the law.

This course will teach you what you need to know about mental health from the patient's perspective as it pertains to the workplace and the psychiatric institution, and what you need to know about barriers for people with learning disabilities. This includes examining the workplace, the institution, the politics and political discourse, interactions with law enforcement, and the media’s role in perpetuating stigma.

Be part of eye-opening dialogues where you will learn how to appreciate the differences neurodiversity and mental health history bring to workplaces and communities. You will learn from each other and, most importantly, how to gain the trust and respect of someone with a mental health history or a learning disability, especially in a workplace setting.

* the non-pathological range of variance in individual brain function and behavioural traits.

Course Outline

Module 1: The Workplace
Module 2: Sanism 
Module 3: Institutionalization and the Law 
Module 4: The Media 

What You Will Learn

  • Basic sensitivity training when dealing with people of different types of brain in the workforce.
  • Appropriate terminology and discourse around mental health and learning disabilities.
  • The history of mental health and learning disabilities.
  • How to critically analyze depictions of mental health and learning disabilities in pop culture.
  • The politics and culture of disability activism and neurodiversity activism.

 

Microcredential

A microcredential is evidence of the mastery of a skill or competency that is desired by employers.

This microcredential reflects mastery of the following competencies:

  • Sensitivity Training
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Workplace Accommodation

To earn the microcredential in this course, learners will need to successfully complete the competency-based assessment related to the microcredential content.

To learn more about microcredentials and how they can enhance your learning portfolio, watch this 30-second YouTube video (video opens in a new window).

Notes

If you have any questions about this course, please send an email to openlearning@dal.ca  

Recommended For

Anyone in a working environment or community that includes neurodiversity and/or mental health issues would expand their academic or pragmatic understanding of workplace diversity.  Participants in employment services, student services, educational, medical or law enforcement careers should consider this course a key learning opportunity for their day-to-day work. Anyone with a mental health history can learn about the activist communities that serve their interests. Finally, anyone with an interest in learning more about neurodiversity and mental health will benefit from this course.

Testimonials

I recommend Neurodiversity and Mental Health in the Workplace and Community as an introduction to the long-standing and unchallenged biases that exist around neuro-atypical persons in society. If you are someone like me who wants to build an inclusive and welcoming workplace, it is worthwhile to build a lexicon around examples of stereotyping and discrimination and to learn more about the ways in which we need to shift our language. Jay Heisler is an excellent guide for the journey and approaches facilitation with a learner's mindset. Sherry Carmont also attended the sessions and provided helpful support in the learning journey. Weekly course meetings invited participation and conversation from all in attendance and I felt very supported in my introduction to this field. Laura Dickson, Calgary, AB

I initially enrolled in this course to learn and develop workplace skills to support diversity and inclusion. In retrospect, this course and the content I have been exposed to has challenged my views, biases and provided a basis of introspection that will provide a catalyst for future course exploration and learning. Francis Harrison, Toronto, ON

I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn more about how we can expand our definition of diversity to include the Neurodiverse in society and in our workplaces. Jay is an accomplished presenter who is a very validating facilitator. I enjoyed learning more about all the facets of this important work and the discussions both in the synchronous presentation of the material and on the discussion board. K. Stewart, Halifax, NS

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Section Title
Neurodiversity and Mental Health in the Workplace and Community
Type
Online - Asynchronous
Dates
Feb 15, 2022 to Mar 22, 2022
Type
Online - Synchronous
Days
Tuesday
Time
7:00PM to 8:00PM
Dates
Feb 22, 2022 to Mar 15, 2022
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
15.0
Location
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $695.00
Instructors
Section Notes
This course includes four one-hour synchronous facilitated sessions scheduled on February 22, March 1, March 8 and March 15 from 7:00-8:00 pm Atlantic Time. It is recommended that learners sign up early so they can have access to the recommended readings and videos up to a week before the first live session. Those who cannot participate in the facilitated live sessions will be given an alternate assignment to gauge comprehension of the materials. In addition to the one-hour facilitated session per week, learners can expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week in reading, watching videos, reflection and assignment preparation. The final assignment will be due on March 22.
Section Title
Neurodiversity and Mental Health in the Workplace and Community
Type
Online - Asynchronous
Dates
Sep 20, 2022 to Oct 25, 2022
Type
Online - Synchronous
Days
Tuesday
Time
7:00PM to 8:00PM
Dates
Sep 27, 2022 to Oct 18, 2022
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
15.0
Location
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $695.00
Instructors
Section Notes
It is recommended that learners sign up by September 16 so they can have access to the recommended readings and videos up to a week before the first live session. This course includes four one-hour synchronous facilitated sessions scheduled on September 27, October 4, October 11 and October 18 from 7:00-8:00 pm Atlantic Time. Those who cannot participate in the facilitated live sessions will be given an alternate assignment to gauge comprehension of the materials. In addition to the one-hour facilitated session per week, learners can expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week in reading, watching videos, reflection and assignment preparation. The final assignment will be due on October 25.
Section Title
Neurodiversity and Mental Health in the Workplace and Community
Type
Online - Asynchronous
Dates
Jan 31, 2023 to Mar 07, 2023
Type
Online - Synchronous
Days
Tuesday
Time
7:00PM to 8:00PM
Dates
Feb 07, 2023 to Feb 28, 2023
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
15.0
Location
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $695.00
Instructors
Section Notes
It is recommended that learners sign up by January 27 so they can have access to the recommended readings and videos up to a week before the first live session. This course includes four one-hour synchronous facilitated sessions scheduled on February 7, February 14, February 21 and February 28 from 7:00-8:00 pm Atlantic Time. Those who cannot participate in the facilitated live sessions will be given an alternate assignment to gauge comprehension of the materials. In addition to the one-hour facilitated session per week, learners can expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week in reading, watching videos, reflection and assignment preparation. The final assignment will be due on March 7.
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