Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
This course provides a look at mental health problems from the practice arena. Students learn theories of mental health, psychotropic medications, and the role of case manager with persons who have mental illness. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Textbooks listed are not necessarily the textbook(s) used in the course. Textbooks should have a practice component, as well as theory. Textbooks should include information about psychotropic medications and DSM.
Clinical Case Management with Persons Having Mental Illness
By Walsh, J. (Wadsworth/Thomson Learning) Recommended
Psychopharmacology for Helping Professionals: An Integral Exploration
By Ingersoll, R. E. and Rak, C. F. (Thomson Brooks/Cole) Recommended
Basic Pharmacology for Counselors and Psychotherapists
By Sinacola, R. S. & Peters-Strickland, T. (Pearson & Allyn and Bacon) Recommended
To examine the use of psychotropic medications.
To examine the case manager’s role with persons with mental illness.
To explain mental health diagnoses.
To explore mental health intervention theory.
To examine the family role.
Explain clinical case management roles.
Describe differential use of psychotropic drugs.
Describe various types of mental illness.
Explain the categories of diagnosis, using DSM.
Analyze the different needs of individuals with different diagnoses.
Explain the family component of working with persons with mental illness.
Note: This class will emphasize writing in the APA format and students are expected to improve their research and writing skills.
Clinical care management (models, roles)
Models of intervention (developmental, psychosocial, medical)
DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)
Working with persons with depression
Working with persons with schizophrenia
Working with persons with bipolar disorder
Working with persons experiencing paranoia
Working with persons with personality disorders
Working with families of persons with mental illness
Working with individuals with mental illness
Working with groups
Community support theory
Social support theory
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
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.