College of DuPage

Human Services 1142:
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills

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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 the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Certification Program, offered by the Human Services Department at the College of DuPage.

Human Services Department at the College of DuPageAt 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 successful completion of this class, students will be able to:


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 skills.

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