Disability, Neurodiversity, and Mental Health in Care and Community

College Emmanuel College
Instructor(s) Panton, Amy
Course Code EMP3581HF
Semester First Semester
Section 6201
Online Yes
Credits One Credit
Location Online – Synchronous

For over thirty years, “Nothing about us without us” has been the cry of resistance from disability activists worldwide, yet disabled, neurodivergent and mentally ill people are rarely consulted or collaborated with regarding the policies, treatments and caregiving that will directly affect their bodyminds. This has led to ableist, neurotypical, and “sanist” theories and practices being normalized within the fields of medicine, psychiatry, theology, and psychotherapy. Whether or not a psychotherapist or faith leader is disabled, neurodivergent, or living with mental distress themselves, they are still often trained in models of psychotherapeutic and spiritual care that arise from and/or replicate ableist and neurotypical cultural norms to varying degrees of damage for disabled and neurodivergent individuals. This course engages with “mad” and “crip” frameworks to interrogate ableist, neurotypical, and sanist theories and practices, and to equip psychotherapists and spiritual care providers to provide treatment for disabled, neurodivergent, and mentally ill clients in more culturally appropriate ways. It also equips spiritual caregivers who may have internalized ableism and neurotypical normalizing tendencies to move deeper into their own self-understanding for this work. The course will invite those with lived experience of disability, neurodiversity and mental distress to apply their lived experience, learn to maintain appropriate boundaries and engage Safe and Effective Use of Self (SEUS).

Pre-Requisites MPS students should have taken Introduction to Spiritual Care and Counselling (EMP 1513 or equivalent) or permission of instructor.
Schedule Mon
Start Time 14:00
End Time 17:00
Hours Per Week 3
Minimum Enrolment 10
Maximum Enrolment 20
Teaching Method
Means of Evaluation
Class Participation
Reflection Paper
Summative Paper
Currently Offered Fall 2023