Mental Health

social worker with elderly patient

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.

Curriculum

  • Human Development and Mental Health
  • This course focuses on understanding problem-producing behaviors and their ramifications for clients in mental health settings, including individuals, families and groups. This video features case studies used in the course with commentary by guest lecturer Dan Siegel, who discusses the importance of the brain and neural connections in helping people with mental health problems.

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  • Evaluation of Research: Mental Health
  • Range of research conducted in mental health; evaluation of selected research reports and their application to social work practice.

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  • Clinical Practice in Mental Health Settings
  • Social work processes from intake to termination; emphasis on clinical skills required for social work practice in a broad spectrum of mental health settings.

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