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Evidence Based Practice With Serious Mental Illness: Paths To Recovery (SWK-717)

Semester: Spring 2024
Number: 0404-717-098
Instructor: Wahiba Abu-Rass
Days: TBA
Note: Online, Asynchronous
Location: Online
Credits: 3
Status: This Course is Filled to Capacity
Course Materials: View Text Books

The focus of this course is on social work practice, which empowers clients who manifest serious mental illness. Among the psychodiagnostic categories covered are psychoses (brief and long term), post traumatic stress disorder, and associative disorders as they relate to intervention. Knowledge about psychopharmacology and the psychoeducational approach will be taught. Community services available to individuals and families will be critically compared.

Learning Goals:   1. Critically review the research literature to determine the level of evidence that exist for a practice (including distinguishing between evidence-based practice, best practices, and areas with emerging research knowledge).2. Translate research, identified in the literature as demonstrating effective treatment outcomes, into practice principles for individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness (include the role and measurement of fidelity).3. Describe strategies to evaluate and monitor client progress over time in treatment outcomes that are appropriate for specific interventions for individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness.4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the recovery paradigm as it relates to working with individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illnesses.5. Demonstrate an understanding of the value and importance of using self-help strategies with consumers of mental health services.6. Describe the importance of using evidence-based practices with individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness.7. Discuss for which type of clients the evidence base on a given practice exists.8. Discuss principles for adapting interventions for use with diverse groups of clients.9. Describe unique components of assessment and treatment planning that are relevant for each evidence-based practice, client trauma history, and coexisting substance abuse problems for people with serious mental illness.10. Describe the role of social work values and ethics in evidence-based practice with individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness.11. Describe principles of technology transfer for organizational change in mental health.

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