MHT 100

Introduction to Mental Health Issues & Consumer Care

This comprehensive course offers students a holistic approach to supporting individuals with mental health and substance use disorders on their path to recovery. Key topics include establishing effective helping strategies such as building therapeutic relationships, empowering individuals, and respecting consumer choice. Students will explore concepts of community inclusion, natural supports, and human development theory, gaining insights into social and psychosocial development across the lifespan. Practical skills like active listening, basic interviewing, and maintaining respect for consumers will be honed. Emphasis will be placed on collaborative, person-centered approaches, integrating natural supports into individualized treatment plans, and understanding the complexities of co-occurring disorders. Students will also learn about strengths-based assessments, crisis intervention strategies, and utilizing community resources to facilitate recovery. By the end of the course, students will be equipped with a comprehensive toolkit to effectively support consumers at various stages of their recovery journey. Prerequisite: PSY 101