Survey of the behavioral health and social services professions, including scope of practice and training requirements. Exploration of employment opportunities in the field and self-assessment/academic planning for a career in mental health. Overview of mental health disorders and first responder skills in a mental health crisis situation. Prerequisites: None.
Introduction to professional resilience and compassion fatigue prevention for social services and mental health professionals, healthcare providers and emergency first responders. Causes, symptoms, and effects of work-related stress disorders and techniques that help professionals mitigate potential harmful effects. Prerequisites: None.
Explores relevant ethical, legal, and professional issues inherent in the behavioral health and social services field, including expectations of and limitations on providers. Key areas of inquiry include boundaries and dual relationships, mandated reporting, confidentiality, scope of practice, beneficence and non-maleficence, rights and responsibilities, professional relationships, and credentialing/regulating agencies.
Overview and application of the principles, practices, and function of case management in human services. Case management service delivery and coordination for clients with psychological, developmental, and psychiatric and comorbid medical conditions. Documentation techniques necessary to maintain clinical records in a variety of behavioral healthcare settings. Prerequisites: None.
Comprehensive overview of various types of trauma, neurobiological effects of traumatic stress, and ethics associated in working with a trauma survivor. Concepts and skills needed to become a fully functioning trauma-informed caregiver professional in the mental health and primary care setting.
Values, perceptions, attitudes, behaviors emphasizing intercultural communication patterns. Techniques for establishing rapport and interaction methodologies in a multicultural context. Competencies, strategies, and treatment modalities necessary for the paraprofessional working successfully with the multicultural clients.
Introduction to the major evidence-based therapeutic models and interventions in social and behavioral sciences. Defines the key concepts, techniques and procedures of each theoretical model.
An introduction to the historical and current developments in the field of addictions, as well as sociological, psychological and physiological aspects of addictive behaviors and substance abuse. Introduces contemporary treatment methods within addiction practice, including self-help groups, levels of care, symptom identification, and models of prevention and intervention.
Exploration of topics relative to the development of helping professionals involved with perpetrators and individuals directly affected by traumatic or continuous physical or emotional violence and abuse. Prerequisites: None.