Theoretical and foundational knowledge for assessing, diagnosing, treating, and managing mental illnesses across the lifespan. Concurrent clinical practicum under the supervision of preceptors and faculty. Students must complete a minimum of 150 clinical hours.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Discuss how commonly used theories inform the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental illnesses in individuals across the lifespan.
2. Demonstrate the ability to establish a therapeutic relationship that is planned, time-limited, and goal-oriented with a wide range of clients.
3. Analyze factors that impact mental health including, but not limited to, age, genetics, environment, trauma, culture, developmental stage, socioeconomic status, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
4. Examine the influence of culture, ethnicity, and spirituality on a client’s perception of their mental health and the manifestations of psychiatric symptomatology.
5. Collect data using standardized screening and diagnostic tools that are appropriate to the client’s age, language, and developmental stage.
6. Perform diagnostic interviews and comprehensive mental health assessments in an organized and systematic manner with individuals across the lifespan.
7. Conduct a comprehensive suicide assessment that includes prevention strategies as appropriate.
8. Formulate differential diagnoses for mental illnesses utilizing current diagnostic nomenclatures for individuals across the lifespan.
9. Teach clients and/or families/significant others about their mental illness, treatment process, and expected outcomes in language sensitive to age, gender identity, education, and sociocultural factors.
10. Utilize information technology to manage client data in the clinical setting.