With an estimated one in five American adults suffering from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, the role of mental health social workers is crucial. Students develop skills in the psychosocial assessment of commonly encountered mental health problems, design of appropriate intervention plans and delivery of preventive and rehabilitative mental health services. They learn to deal with issues relating to outreach, advocacy, program evaluation and organizational or governmental policies.
As part of the Virtual Field Practicum (VFP), students in the Mental Health concentration complete coursework on motivational interviewing. This video features the professors who teach this evidence-based practice, as they explain what motivational interviewing is and how students will learn to use it in their work with clients.