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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MHS6650
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-05-05
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Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2006-02-15
  2. Department: Child and Family Studies
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 583000050
  5. Contact Person: Carol MacKinnon-Lewis
  6. Phone: 8139742075
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MHS
  9. Number: 6650
  10. Full Title: Leadership within Systems of Care
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Leadership in Systems of Care
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Introduces students to various theories of leadership and empirical evidence linking leadership competencies to organizational and community success in children’s mental health, emphasizing real-world challenges and solutions. Unrestricted.Nonrepeatable.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Leadership has been identified as central to the transformation of systems and communities to facilitate children’s mental health and well-being. The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (2003) concluded that although there are barriers to
  26. 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? In 1988, the IOM Report stated, “Today, the need for leaders is too great to leave their emergence to chance.” This is even more true today, particularly in relation to children’s mental health. This course will begin to prepare emergent leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to transform children’s mental healthcare in America. We expect this course to be particularly attractive to students because unlike other disciplines, leadership courses have not been a part of traditional mental health education programs. This course fills a significant vacuum in mental health that intersects with transformation efforts, systems change, and the transition to evidence based programs. This course will not only develop national and state leaders in mental health, but also will serve as a model for workforce development nationally.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) The instructor should meet the following requirements: Possess a doctoral degree that is appropriate to the area in which they are teaching; have graduate teaching experience in the mental health field; specifically, Dr. Friedman has many years of teaching at USF in the children’s mental health area.

    Dr. Pinto is assisting Dr. Friedman in teaching this course. Her short curriculum vitae is attached. Her full curriculum vitae is included in the accompanying folder.

  29. Objectives: 1. To increase student knowledge of theories and empirical studies of leadership within children’s mental health.

    2. To increase student recognition of issues relating to gender, culture, age/generation and personal/professional background associated with leadership style and success.

    3. To broaden student awareness of the challenges faced and solutions identified by leaders in the field of children’s mental health.

    4. To assist students in assessing and cultivating their own leadership competence, and their ability to facilitate the effectiveness of other leaders in the field of children’s mental health.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Demonstrate knowledge of leadership theories, concepts and competencies that are relevant to the practice of leadership in children’s mental health.

    2. Demonstrate knowledge of links between leadership and gender, culture, age/generation and personal/professional background and understanding of the implications for the transformation of the field of children’s mental health.

    3. Demonstrate ability to apply leadership theories, concepts and research findings to their own experiences and decision-making within the field of children’s mental health.

    4. Demonstrate ability to frame and present leadership dilemmas in order to receive consultation and feedback from others.

    5. Demonstrate ability to analyze leadership dilemmas and provide feedback / peer consultation when such feedback is requested by others.

  31. Major Topics: Defining leadership within the field of children’s mental health, metaframeworks and theories of leadership, formal and informal authority, gender and leadership, culture and leadership, personal and professional background and leadership, age/generation and leadership, ethics and leadership, leadership competencies, and leadership challenges and successes in a system of care/children’s mental health.
  32. Textbooks: Northouse, P.G. (1997). Leadership: Theory and Practice. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
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