SERVICES 1141 | HUMAN
SERVICES 1143 | HUMAN
Human Services 1142:
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills
Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An
estimated 22.1 percent of Americans ages 18 and older, about 1 in 5 adults,
suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. When applied to
the 1998 U.S. Census residential population estimate, this figure translates
to 44.3 million people. In addition, 4 of the 10 leading causes of disability
in the US and other developed countries are mental disorders-major depression,
bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Many
people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. What can
be done to help those persons suffering from a Mental Illness? What careers
and professions exist to serve this population? Answers to these and many
more questions can be obtained by enrolling in the Psychiatric
Rehabilitation Certification Program, offered by the Human
Services Department at the College
At the end of this course, students will be familiar with psychiatric disability
and related stigma issues, empowerment and recovery, rehabilitative approaches
to psychiatric treatment, the mental health system and related services,
case management, co-occurring substance abuse disorders, and public policies
relevant to mental illness. In-class topics also include understanding classification
and diagnosis, the mental health system, legal aspects of mental health services,
working with families, functional assessment and treatment planning, behavioral
approaches, the process model and skills training, and vocational rehabilitation
Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to:
- conduct skills training groups;
- apply behavioral principles for skills performance and generalization;
- demonstrate effective listening and interviewing skills related
- identify steps to assess and intervene in crises;
- identify opportunities
for aggression prevention;
- utilize assessment information for developing
consumer treatment plans
There are no course prerequisites to this class, however, it is recommended
that the student has taken, or is concurrently taking Human Services 1141
to gain maximum value in the training. Additionally, to benefit from this
Internet delivered class, you should have intermediate to advanced computer
Frequently Asked Questions
Just what IS this class, anyway?
- This is a 4-credit Human Services class. This course is the second
in the series for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Certificate. Courses
in the series focus on a rehabilitative approach to serving individuals
with severe mental illness. This approach is based on the premise
that consumers set the goals for the rehabilitation team. Students will
learn the basic techniques for conducting interviews for use in assessment,
treatment planning, and therapeutic interactions with consumers. Students
will learn to conduct skills training groups and applied behavioral techniques
for implementing programs that promote desired skills. Techniques
for intervening in crisis situations, and preventing and managing
aggression are presented.
- This course is appropriate for students planning careers in mental
- This class will be taught entirely on the Internet. As such,
it will require that you be an active participant in the learning process.
Much of what this course offers will present a challenge to established
attitudes, beliefs and behavior patterns that will help you increase
your awareness of and critical thinking toward mental health.
What prerequisites does the class have?
- There are no course prerequisites to this class, however, it
is recommended that the student has taken, or is concurrently taking
Human Services 1141 to gain maximum value in the training.
- However, the class does require that you have intermediate to
advanced computer skills: You should be able to browse the World Wide
Web and participate in Discussion Board discussions, as well as e-mail
correspondence. Having access to the necessary hardware and software
- You will need an E-mail account. All COD students are issued
email accounts. If you do not know your email address, review the
at any time, you run into problems with your student email account, you
should contact the Student Help Desk at 630-942-2999 or
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I know if online learning is for me?
- Take this technical readiness Self-Assessment to
help you decide if online learning is right for you.
What else do I need to know about taking a course online?
- COD Online has created a Frequently
Asked Questions (FAQ) page to provide you with answers to the most
commonly asked questions regarding taking an online class from College
Will I be able to get any extra help from the instructor if I need it?
- Absolutely. The instructor will accept e-mail 24-hours/day, 7
days/week and will respond to all queries within 72 hours.
Where can I go to get technical help for this course?
How will I access my course materials?