College of DuPage

Human Services 1143:
Health Skills for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

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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 DuPageThe health skills course examines three dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, and environmental.  This organization uses a multidimensional model of health based on a wellness continua in each dimension.  This view that wellness is more than the absence of illness, guides students through discussions and skill development designed to improve the overall well-being of persons with severe mental illness.

The orientation of the course is more practical and theoretical, and there is opportunity to observe and practice relevant skills.  Students will learn the fundamentals of physical wellness, including diet, nutrition, exercise, sanitation, disease prevention and control, and special health considerations for persons with severe mental illness.  The emotional dimension of wellness includes social support, physical and sensory accommodations, and geriatric and developmental disabilities considerations.  Students will learn the essentials of environmental safety including the use of safety equipment and proper body mechanics.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to:


Human Services 1141 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. Additionally, to benefit from this Internet delivered class, you should have intermediate to advanced computer skills.

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