MSN 634: Practicum 1: Advanced Primary Mental Health Care Management of Adults (3 credits)
Prerequisites MSN 621, 622, and 623, MCP 620 and 625 completed.
Students will build upon knowledge and skills from advanced pharmacology and advanced pathophysiology to broaden their knowledge and expand awareness in the areas of psychopharmacology and pathoneurophysiology. They will enhance their ability to cultivate therapeutic relationships as well as deepen their awareness of theories of personality and psychopathology as they acquire further skills in the assessment and diagnosis of mental illness primarily in the adult populations. They will draw upon acquired knowledge and skills to critically reflect on the promotion of mental health, and the assessment and differential diagnosis of depressive and anxiety spectrum disorders. They will acquire experience in developing collaborative, holistic client-centered treatment plans taking into consideration the unique biopsychosocial circumstances of the life context of clients. Through didactic and clinical experiences students will be able to include the psychopharmacological agents approved for the treatment of depressive and anxiety spectrums according to psychiatric guidelines and evidenced based practice as well as the psychotherapy modalities of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Activation Therapy and Brief Solution Focused Therapy.
(This course includes a 175 hour practicum in mental health settings)