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Mental and Behavioral Clinical Practice Exposure


East Baltimore
4th term
Mental Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
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Course Instructor:
Paul Nestadt

Introduces students to the mental health/behavioral care clinical settings. Acquaints students with the therapeutic relationship that exists between clinician and patient. Presents opportunities for shadowing and research partnerships with clinicians. Provides access to potential clinical data sets for exploration and analysis. Emphasizes practical hands-on experience over didactic secondary exposure. Challenges student notions of the psychiatric patient and their care, while destigmatizing both the illnesses and the treatment processes. Encourages creative hypothesis generation grown from observation of solvable challenges experienced in the field.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Appraise the therapeutic clinical setting and the practice of administering mental healthcare
  2. Compile common misconceptions regarding the mentally ill and the treatment of mental illness in order to propose educational strategies to rebut these
  3. Generate hypotheses grown from observation of solvable challenges experienced in the field
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Final Paper
  • 30% Discussion
  • 30% Written Assignment(s)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

All students must request instructor consent.

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Special Comments:

Class Times: Three classroom sessions of two hours each will be scheduled around the enrolled students availability. These will consist of an initial meeting to contextualize the experiences and discuss the pairing of students with shadowing opportunities, a mid-term discussion of assigned articles on clinical practice (such as therapeutic alliance or service delivery), and a final session for discussion of the student generated research question pages as well as review of how their shadowing experience may contribute to their efficacy as an agent of public mental health. Lab times: Shadowing will consist of 4-5 hours per week (half day per week at the assigned site, in weeks 2-8. We also expect a total of 8-15 hours of time to be spent on homework in the form of written reflections and paper preparation.