Community Mental Health

3 Unit(s)

Examines principles and skills required to work with adults, youth and families with a diagnosis of serious mental illness using a recovery-oriented paradigm. Specific approaches for engagement, assessment, treatment planning and case management are addressed for meeting needs of consumers with persistent mental illness, trauma histories and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Students will learn how to engage in collaborative treatment, being a member of a multidisciplinary team with various systems of care; including community behavioral health; alcohol and drug service providers; human service agencies; law enforcement/criminal justice; primary care and academic/vocational services. Additional topics of illness prevention, health promotion, human diversity and legal/ethical concerns will be highlighted throughout the course. Prerequisite(s): PSYCH 321.