Dec 05, 2023
SSMH 170 Mental Health Interviewing and Assessment (5 credits)
Prerequisite SSMH 100 with at least a 2.0 grade; SSMH 215 recommended.
Introduction to helping skills and interpersonal communication as used in community mental health settings. Students will learn basic communications, interviewing, & assessment skills as used in community mental health settings.
Knowledge competency areas
1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of principles of intentional interviewing, including concepts on intentionality, operationalization of qualities believed associated with effective interviewing, and the micro-skills model.
2. Describe how the micro-skills model can be used to develop interviewing strategies that will be more effective with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
3. Differentiate between attending skills (aka rapport/relationship building) skills and influencing skills (i.e. skills in which the interviewer exerts direct influence)
4. Identify when it is possible to shift from a reflective interviewing strategy to the use of direct influence.
5. Identify and define each of the specific attending skills covered in class, such as paraphrase, summarization, reflection of feeling, and identify the functions of each.
6. Identify and define each of the specific influencing skills covered in class, such as directives, logical-and-natural-consequences, confrontation, and identify the functions of each.
7. Demonstrate a basic understanding of how the medical model is typically applied in psychiatry and the field of mental health, to include such concepts as functional and organic, disease process, disorder, signs, and symptoms.
8. Differentiate between psychiatric evaluation, psychological assessment, and mental health intake assessments.
9. Summarize the four major questions addressed by use of the formal and informal mental status examination
10. Describe the basic organization of the current edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, including major types of disorder, multi-axial nature of the manual, and how five digit coding is done.
11. Summarize the primary components of the Problem Oriented Record System, and demonstrate an understanding of how information in one part is used in others.
12. With 70% accuracy, demonstrate the ability to employ each of the attending and influencing skills covered in this course, as measured by the evaluation of a final audio taped interviewed, using a standard scoring form.
13. Complete a basic intake evaluation form, including identification of specific problems, developmental history, and psychosocial history as demonstrated by use of a typical mental health intake evaluation form (specific DSM diagnosis not included).
14. Complete a treatment plan, using problems identified on the intake evaluation as demonstrated by submission of a treatment plan using a standard form provided for this purpose.
15. Complete a treatment review, addressing identified problem and the effectiveness of the treatment plan using a standard form provided for this purpose.
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