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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEY7611

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-06-28
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1708 2007-01-23
    Department College Budget Account Number
    School of Aging Studies AS 0122900
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Sandra Reynolds x9750

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GEY 7611 Ph.D. Seminar in Mental Health

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    PhDSem MentHlth
    Course Online? Percentage Online



    Course Description

    This doctoral seminar focuses on issues of mental health in older adults, including issues like depression, anxiety, and psychopathology. Specific content will vary. Repeatable twice for credit.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Along with one core course, our PhD students take a ProSeminar in the Fall Semester, which is used to expose the students to professional conduct, eath others' and the faculty's research interests. In the Spring semester, we have traditionally offered an

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Each Spring, we would have the potential to enroll 12-15 of our own students in two of these seminars. They would also appeal to doctoral level students from Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, and Public Health.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, twice.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in Gerontology or a related science.

    Research/interest in mental health is preferable.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    to enhance understanding of the diverse psychopathologies of older adults and how they should be addressed.

    to review theoretical frameworks and their application in the mental health field

    to enhance understanding of specific diagnostic categories (e.g., depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, paranoia)

    B. Learning Outcomes

    at the end of the semester, students will be able to:

    1) Demonstrate understanding of psychopathology in older adults.

    2) Appreciate the need for more professional development and research in geriatric mental health.

    3) Demonstrate knowledge of the unique presentations of the major psychological conditions affecting older adults.

    4) Be familiar with the latest research on the epidemiology and ethical treatment of late life psychological conditions.

    5) Recognize the strengths and limitations of the DSM vis a vis older adultsí psychiatric conditions.

    C. Major Topics

    *Ethical Issues in working with older adults

    *Theoretical Frameworks

    *Behavioral Assessment & Intervention

    *Stress/Coping/CBT Assessment & Intervention

    *Psychodynamic/Interpersonal Model Assessment & Intervention

    *Family/systems Assessment & Intervention

    *Cognitive Disorders: Dementia and Delirium

    *Affective Disorders

    *Somataform/Factitious/Dissociative Disorders

    *Death, Dying, & Bereavement

    *Anxiety Disorders

    *Sexual/Eating/Sleep Disorders

    *Serious Mental Illness

    *Personality Disorders

    *Substance Abuse Disorders

    *Caregiving/Elder Abuse

    *Professional practice & Research directions

    D. Textbooks

    1) Smyer, M. A. & Qualls, S. H. (1999). Aging & mental health. Blackwell Publishers: Malden, Massachusetts.

    Supplemental readings:

    1. McCullough, L. (2000). Bioethics and aging. In Thomas Cole, Robert Kastenbaum & Ruth Ray (eds.) Handbook of the humanities and aging (pp. 93-113). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

    2. Moye. J. (2000). Ethical issues. In Victor Molinari (ed.) Professional psychology in long term care, pp.329-348. Hatherleigh Press, {FMHI & Main Libraries RC451.4 A5 P735}

    3. Knight, B. G. (1996). Psychotherapy with older adults (2nd ed.). Building rapport with old

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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