MHT 520

Mental Health Practicum

This practicum is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn and practice mental health assessment and intervention skills in a simulated environment. The lab offers a safe and controlled setting where students gain experience working with different types of clients and presenting problems. Students will participate in a variety of simulated clinical scenarios that require them to apply assessment and intervention skills, including diagnostic interviewing, mental status examination, and crisis intervention. They will also have the opportunity to practice delivering evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based interventions, under the supervision of the instructor. Throughout the lab, students will receive feedback and guidance from their instructor and peers, as well as have the opportunity to reflect on their performance and identify areas for improvement. They will also participate in discussions and case presentations to deepen their understanding of mental health assessment and intervention principles and practice. By the end of the course, students will have gained practical skills and experience in mental health assessment and intervention, as well as a deeper understanding of the ethical and professional standards involved in mental health practice. They will be better prepared to work effectively as part of a mental health team and more confident in their ability to apply evidence-based treatments to a variety of clinical contexts. Corequisite: MHT 210, MHT 220