COURSE CODE & TITLE COCR 1033: Mind the Gap: Towards Psychological Health & Wellness
LEVEL: One (1)
PREREQUISITES: There are no prerequisites required for this course. Students from all degree backgrounds are welcome to enrol.



This course provides participants with practical training in basic helping skills and the assessment of certain risky behaviours. It also explores a range of common psychological health and wellness issues and familiarises participants with support services both on- and off-campus. The course provides the pre-requisite training for students to pursue fieldwork in Semester II with the Peer Counselling Association towards graduation as a UWI Peer Counsellor. The teaching component of the course comprises face-to-face lectures and workshops. Participants’ learning will be assessed by online assessment, group presentation, and individual journaling.



This course aims:

  • To raise awareness of psychological health and wellness among the student body as well as to reduce stigma associated with mental illness
  • To promote self-awareness and self-care for individual participants, towards better psychological and emotional wellbeing
  • To develop participants’ helping skills and ability to maintain appropriate boundaries in helping relationships
  • To prepare participants who wish to pursue the Peer Counselling programme
  • To raise the profile of student support services available on campus
  • To promote interaction and peer support among students on campus


General Objectives

The objectives of this course are to:

  • Engage students in a discussion on attitudes towards mental health and how mental illnesses are classified and understood
  • Familiarise participants with a range of common psychological problems and explore factors associated with self harm and suicidal ideation
  • Raise awareness of student support services available both on and off campus
  • Explore the characteristics and limitations of an effective helping relationship
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to develop and practice skills basic helping skills, biopsychosocial assessment and risk assessment



Name of course coordinator:

Dr. Sarah Chin Yuen Kee

Office address and phone:

Counselling and Psychological Service (CAPS), ext 82491

Email address:

Office hours:    

Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Preferred method of contact:


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