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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: HUMS 325
Course Title: Case Management
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Introduction to case management theory, models of case management and skills necessary to function effectively as case managers. Content includes the use and case management implications of psychotropic medications. Students develop abilities to serve special populations in a case management role. Prerequisite: HUMS 105 or PSYC 101 (courses may be taken as corequisite).
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): HUMS 105 or PSYC 101 (courses may be taken as corequisite).
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Textbooks including both theory and practice skills are ideal for this course. Textbooks listed are not necessarily the textbook(s) used in the course.

This class will most likely require the use of a supplemental text that specifically addresses psychotropic medications. Textbooks 3-5 are supplemental psychotropic medication texts.

Generalist Case Management: A Method of Human Service Delivery
By Woodside, M. and McClam (Brooks/Cole)
Fundamentals of Case Management Practice: Skills for the Human Services
By Summers, N. (Brooks/Cole)
Psychopharmacology for Helping Professionals: An Integral Exploration
By Ingorsoll, R. & Rak, C. (Thomson)
Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapist
By O'Neal, Preston & Talaga (New Harbinger Publications)
Medicines for Mental Health: The Ultimate Guide to Psychiatric Medication
By Thompson, Kevin (BookSurge Publishing)
Course Objectives
  • To develop the ability, knowledge and skills necessary to function in a case management role.
  • To differentiate between case management roles.
  • To understand the current use of psychotropic medications and practice guidelines concerning the case managers role in their application.
    Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the process of case management and what it entails.
  • Describe the skills necessary for intake and assessment.
  • Explain the ethical, professional and legal responsibilities of case managers.
  • Describe effective service delivery methods.
  • Describe case management theory and models of case management.
  • Describe the different classes, uses, side effects and implications of psychotropic medications.
    Topical Outline: Note: This class will emphasize writing in the APA format and students are expected to improve their research and writing skills.

  • Case management defined
  • Historical perspectives on case management
  • Case management roles
  • Models of case management
  • Case management with special populations
  • Working with a team
  • Assessment in case management
  • Service delivery
  • Service coordination
  • Ethical and legal issues
  • Building a case file
  • Preventing burnout
  • Types of psychotropic medications, their use, and common side effects
  • Resistance and medication compliance regarding psychotropic medication
  • Psychotropic medications and special populations (women, elderly and children)
  • The role of the case manager regarding the use of pychotropic medications

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Michael Perkins Date: November 8, 2007
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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