Community Mental Health (PCMH) Graduate Certificate

The certificate program consists of 22 credits and includes seven three-credit courses and one one-credit course. All students complete five foundation courses, two three-credit courses in their clinical specializations and a 300-hour internship.

PCMH Foundation Courses

In addition to the courses listed below, all students must attend PCMH Orientation and Immersion Weekend.

PCMH-600: Overview of Behavioral Health Services
In this course, students gain an understanding of co-occurring psychiatric disabilities and psychoactive substance abuse disorders, severe emotional disturbances affecting children and adolescents and their impact on the lives of people diagnosed with these disabling conditions. This course also provides an overview of emerging policy and practice in behavioral health care, including the historical context in which service systems organize, finance and deliver care; the current approaches to comprehensive treatment and support; the impact of managed care; and community-building, advocacy and systems change. Topics are addressed from multiple perspectives, with a strong emphasis on the perspective of service recipients and their families, as well as service providers, policy makers and the community at large.
PCMH-610: Helping Relationships
Students gain an understanding of the clinical process, from engagement to assessment, intervention, and evaluation. The focus is on the development of communication and consultation skills, in the context of major counseling theories. Skills are practiced in relation to working with individuals with significant mental health and substance abuse problems, their families, and other professionals. Skills covered include values clarification, establishing effective relationships, listening skills, team building, working with natural supports, mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution.
PCMH-615: Practicum
Students complete a 100-hour practicum involving skills-based practice and experience, primarily in the areas of introductory counseling and diagnosis and assessment.
PCMH-621: Community Resources and Rehabilitation
This course explores the concept of the whole community as a resource. It begins by exploring state-of-the-art approaches to community support services and treatment planning. Within the treatment planning process, it looks at how a wraparound approach to service delivery individualizes and strengthens outcomes in community-based services, by addressing both client skill and support needs. "Traditional" community resources such as entitlement programs, housing, education, vocational rehabilitation, legal, medical and social services are covered. However, the course emphasizes the need for practitioners to go beyond 'traditional' resources and to help individuals identify and access non-agency oriented community supports and services in order to promote community integration and membership.
PCMH-680: Diagnosis, Assessment & Psychopathology
This course provides an overview of standard assessment and diagnostic methods in mental health counseling, which includes the classification, description and differential diagnosis of mental health and substance use disorders. Students will develop the capacity to use a systematic inquiry process for obtaining and evaluating important and accurate information during assessment. Students will gain a practical, working knowledge of the DSM-5, as well as skills to assess strengths, mental status, and trauma. The role of hypothesis formulation and hypothesis testing will be considered, along with the etiology and treatment indications for various disorders. Ethical, cultural and other issues and biases related to assessment and psychopathology are discussed.

PCMH Clinical Core Courses

PCMH-635: Clinical Skills I: Integrated Community Mental Health Treatment for Children, Youth and Families
This is the first of two courses designed to develop student knowledge and skills in community-based service approaches for children and adolescents experiencing severe emotional disturbances and their families. The course focuses on the applications of the values of integration, family integrity, child and family centeredness, choice and unconditional care. Students explore the principles of and develop the essential skills to provide wrap-around services, including individualized and flexible supports, outreach, collaborative teaming and the use of natural supports. Approaches to in-home support; case management; educational and school-based services; foster care; crisis, housing and respite services; peer support and self-help; and medication management are covered. Students develop skills in individual needs and preference assessment, futures planning, skill teaching and resource development.
PCMH-636: Clinical Skills II: Integrated Community Mental Health Treatment for Children, Youth and Families
Students refine skills learned in PCMH 635. This course emphasizes involving family members, working with schools and other social service agencies, designing culturally relevant services, designing services relevant to children in different developmental periods and designing services for children and adolescents with multiple and complex needs. Students develop skills in crisis prevention and intervention. Ethical and relationship boundary issues in outreach support services are discussed.
PCMH-645: Clinical Skills I: Integrated Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities
This course provides a clinical and practical foundation for intervening with individuals with co-occurring mental illness and psychoactive substance use disorders. Essential epidemiological, etiological, assessment and intervention areas are covered. Students explore a variety of motivational and contextual dimensions, including empowerment, hope, recovery education and symptom self-management, self-help and therapeutic interventions. Family support, involuntary interventions, intervention networks and integrated clinical services will be addressed using a general systems theory approach.
PCMH-646: Clinical Skills II: Integrated Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse for Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities
This course integrates empirical and functional aspects of the therapeutic process when intervening with individuals with co-occurring mental illness and psychoactive substance use disorders. Students learn to employ core clinical interventions and treatments modalities. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in clinical and psychosocial interventions used with co-occurring disorders will be examined closely. Ways an individual's experience of trauma complicates clinical work will be stressed. Unique ethical and boundary issues will be addressed.
PCMH-650: Internship I
Students complete a 300-hour clinical internship, in a relevant program or agency, under the supervision of a qualified field instructor. A learning contract is developed by the student with the internship supervisor. PCMH faculty provide supervision for the internship process, individual and group instruction for the students, and serve as liaison to the internship sites. Offered on a pass/fail basis only.

Students must either complete PCMH-635 and 636 or PCMH-645 and 646. All students must complete PCMH-650

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