This upper level health sciences course is designed to be the Mental and Behavioral Health culmination for students pursuing a career in mental and behavioral health. It was developed in collaboration with the instructors at the Community Health Advocates School (at Augustus Hawkins HS), and the Center for Powerful Public Schools. The Center is available for trainings and workshops to support implementation of this course, particularly the mentorship retreat in unit 1 and the QI Improvement Science) project in unit 2. They can also assist with designing an advisory integrating social-emotional competencies to align with the goals of the course. To initiate contact please e-mail Talma Shultz at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this course, students explore the complexity of the work of mental and behavioral health professionals using evidence-based interventions and conceptual frameworks. Students are responsible for a mentor/mentee caseload, case study analysis, simulations and experiential learning and gain the foundations to practice interactions with individuals, organizations and communities with professionalism and grounded in ethical standards. Students understand a variety of factors and settings which impact their clients and learn to base decision-making on client need, using a (systems thinking approach to support their growth. This course could be implemented at a site with existing peer mentorship and internship programs, or as a means to pilot smaller, scaled down programs.