Community Based Mental Health Services

Social workers and other helping professionals perform critical roles in mental health treatment teams, community support programs, and as advocates for mental health issues. This course provides an introduction to the community based mental health care delivery system. The strengths perspective is stressed with an emphasis on biopsychosocial aspects of mental health, social constructionist perspective of mental illness, and generalist practice. Psychological diagnosis for common mental illness is introduced for the purpose of working in interdisciplinary teams and in supportive roles with families. Evidence-based, best practice approaches are reviewed. Prerequisite: 210 or PSYC 171 or SOCL 125. Restricted to students with sophomore standing or higher.