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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MHS6540
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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: 9742075
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MHS
  9. Number: 6540
  10. Full Title: Family-Centered Interdisciplinary Practice: SOC
  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): Interdisciplinary SOC Practice
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Provides an overview of a SOC approach to children’s mental health; prepares professionals to work in respectful partnership with families/youth and to participate in interdisciplinary teams serving children and their families. Unrestricted.Nonrepeatable.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This is an important course offering for the proposed Graduate Certificate in Children’s Mental Health because the fundamental values and principles that should infuse all aspects of service delivery from a systems of care framework, and the skills requir
  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? This is one of three core courses proposed for the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health. It is considered essential to the Certificate and is unique in that the values and principles underlying systems of care are taught by interdisciplinary teams of professionals and family members. This course may be applicable to the colleges/programs of Public Health, Social Work, Education, and Psychology.
  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. Shelton has taught courses such as Theory and Applications of Systems of Care, Ethics and Cultural Competence, Personality and Social Development, Psychological Disorders in Childhood, Assessment and Treatment of Young Children, Practicum in Clinical Intervention, as well as other courses.

    Dr. Shelton’s short curriculum vitae is attached. Her full curriculum vitae is included in the accompanying folder.

  29. Objectives: The primary goal of this course is to provide an overview of a system of care approach to children’s mental health service delivery, the philosophical principles that underlie this approach, and the skills required in delivering services in this framework. A secondary goal is to examine these principles and skills within the context of interdisciplinary practice, examining the collaboration between families and professionals and among professionals from different disciplines.
  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Apply a system of care approach in assessment, treatment planning, service delivery, and evaluation in children’s mental health.

    2. Demonstrate how the provision of culturally competent care affects children and their families in the mental health system.

    3. Analyze how a strengths-based approach to clients, families, and organizations ultimately impacts mental health service delivery to clients and families.

    4. Collaborate with persons from a variety of disciplines when planning care for clients and families.

    5. Develop communication and conflict resolution skills to be an effective helper.

    6. Utilize reflection and self analysis to enhance critical thinking, insight and empathy when working with families and their children at risk.

    7. Develop a comprehensive view of a community and the agencies available to serve children and families.

  31. Major Topics: Effective models of quality care for children with mental health issues, philosophy and values of a system of care, ethics, cultural competence, full partnerships with families and professionals, partnering with families (strengths discovery, child and family team process within a system of care, developing individual service plans), evaluation, applications of a System of Care, and system of care implications for policy.
  32. Textbooks: Required:

    Herrick, C.A., & Arbuckle, M.B. (Eds) (2004). Interdisciplinary Practice: Systems of


    Dean, C. (1997). Empowerment Skills for Family Workers: A Handbook. New York: Cornell University Press.

    Readings Online from:

    Dosser, D. A., Jr., Handron, D., McCammon, S. L., & Powell, J. Y. (Eds.) (2001). Child mental health: Exploring systems of care in the New Millennium. New York: Haworth Press. Also available as: Journal of Family Social Work, 5(3).

    Stroul, B. A. (1996). Children’s Mental Health: Creating Systems of Care in a Changing Society. Baltimore: Paul H. Br

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
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  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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