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School of Nursing
Nursing (NURS)
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing with Families and Groups Across the Lifespan
PMH Nursing Families & Groups
Spring 2018
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NURS 6242 and NURS 6245


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Theoretical and conceptual models related to the developmental and functional processes within family systems, therapy groups, and psychoeducation groups; the PMHNP’s scope of practice as it relates to conducting family and group psychotherapy. Concurrent clinical practicum under preceptor and faculty supervision for a minimum of 75 hours over the course of the semester.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Synthesize theoretical frameworks and empirical data to implement and evaluate the care of a family system experiencing mental health challenges.
2. Conduct a multigenerational family assessment.
3. Evaluate the impact of life stressors, traumatic events, acute and/or chronic physical illness, mental illness, and situational crises within the context of the family unit.
4. Analyze the family as a diverse and multicultural system and a unit of care.
5. Provide individualized education within a family system to promote knowledge, understanding, and effective management of mental health problems and/or mental illnesses.
6. Compare different theoretical models for group psychotherapy.
7. Design a psychoeducation or therapy group for a select client population.
8. Analyze process dynamics and therapeutic factors within a therapy group using Yalom’s principles of group psychotherapy.
9. Consistently apply therapeutic communication strategies to reduce emotional distress, facilitate cognitive and behavioral change, promote resiliency, and foster individual and family growth.
10. Discuss and evaluate the legal and ethical considerations related to the care of families and groups.
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