Human Services 1141
Survey of Psychiatric Rehabilitation




Course Information

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 Human Services 1141 - Survey of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, offered by the Human Services Department at the College of DuPage.

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 models.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discriminate between the Disease vs. Discrimination Models of Mental Illness
  • Identify issues associated with Stigma and describe strategies for combating Stigma.
  • Become familiar with the classification of mental illness
  • Describe the Mental Health System in Illinois including settings, roles and job requirements.
  • Identify legal and ethical issues in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation profession.
  • Identify community support for persons with a mental illness, including self-help groups.
  • Describe the process of case management, advocacy, assessment, and treatment planning.
  • Identify and describe Psychotropic medications, and their side-effects, for persons with a mental illness.
  • Describe the process of working with families of the persons with a mental illness.
  • Identify and describe issues of Dual Diagnosis.

Prerequisites

There are no course prerequisites to this class, however, to benefit from this Internet delivered class, you should have intermediate to advanced computer skills.

Text

Student Workbook: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills

This workbook is provided as a series of PDF files attached to each “lecture” at no extra charge to the student.

Frequently Asked Questions

Just what IS this class, anyway?

  • This is a 4-credit Human Services class. 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 models.
  • 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.
  • 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 Newsgroup/listserve discussions, as well as e-mail correspondence. Having access to the necessary hardware and software is necessary.
  • You will need an E-mail account. All COD students are issued email accounts. If you do not know your email address, you can look it up online. If, 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 studenthelp@dupage.edu.

How do I know if online learning is for me?

What else do I need to know about taking a course online?

  • C.O.D. 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 of DuPage.

Do I have to purchase anything for the class?

  • You will have to buy the Student Manual, which is available at the COD Bookstore.

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?

 

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