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J'May B Rivara
SOC W 563
Seattle Campus

Advanced Practice II: Health/Mental Health

Second quarter of a two-quarter sequence. Highlights program planning, supervision, and intervention across all levels of practice.

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Advanced Health Care Practice: Prevention, Public Health, Primary Care & Emergency Room Settings

This advanced health care practice course teaches health care theory, knowledge and practice skills used by health care social workers within these settings. In an interactive classroom environment the course approaches health care practice from a biopsychosocial, ecological, clinical, contextual, multi-cultural, interdisciplinary and lifespan perspective. Health care disparities, cross-cultural health care practice, increasing prevalence of chronic illness, and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse problems seen in these settings are actively addressed. Students will engage in skill building around motivational approaches, health promotion, and multicultural applications used in community based prevention and public health settings; brief treatment with individuals, cognitive-behavioral and family systems approaches used in primary care clinics; crisis interventions, mental health assessments and management of sudden and acute loss and grief used in emergency and trauma settings. Special emphasis will be on interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation and review of medical terminology, common medications, and frameworks for biopsychosocial assessments and interventions will be incorporated. Students present one case during smaller group breakouts for discussion and consultation.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Roberta A Aldrich
Date: 08/05/2004