Mental Health Services and Systems Practicum I
- 1st term
- Health Policy and Management
- 0.5 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2020 - 2021
- Instruction Method:
The complexities of mental health care organization, financing, delivery, and clinical practice are difficult to understand without direct exposure. In this course, a mix of lectures from clinicians, advocates, governmental officials, and other experts with real-world experiences will be combined with off-site visits and opportunities for observation of clinical practice and service delivery setting in the community.
Part I of a year-long practicum that complements traditional coursework by providing exposure to the real-world settings and organizations that compose the mental health care infrastructure. Through site visits and opportunities to interact with representatives from different components of the mental health care system, students will develop an understanding of the historical evolution of the mental health care system in the U.S. and be introduced to the various settings through which mental health services are delivered, including emergency psychiatric services, intensive outpatient treatment, psychiatric rehabilitation, and early intervention.
- Learning Objectives:
- Summarize the historical evolution of the mental health care system in the U.S.
- Illustrate the functions of emergency psychiatric services, intensive outpatient treatment, psychiatric rehabilitation, and early intervention within the broader mental health system.
- Differentiate the range of services available in the community to support recovery for long-term mental illnesses
- Assess the evidence on effectiveness of approaches to intervening in the treatment of mental illnesses
- Methods of Assessment:
This course is evaluated as follows:
- 60% Reflection
- 10% Participation
- 30% Grant concept paper
- Enrollment Restriction:
PhD students and post-doc trainees only
- Instructor Consent:
Consent required for some students
- Consent Note:
PhD students and post-doctoral trainees who are not NIMH MHSS T32 trainees may enroll with instructor approval
- For consent, contact:
- Jointly Offered With:
- Special Comments:
Course will involve student field trips to offsite organizations. Course will require students to register as Student Observers of Clinical Care with the Johns Hopkins Health System.