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James Whittaker
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.

Class description

Evidence-Based Child Mental Health Practice

This practice seminar will critically and systematically examine the components of several promising and innovative child mental health treatment program models designed to serve the anywhere from 9-13 % of children and youth who present with severe emotional or behavioral disorders. The focus of the seminar will be on treatment options that reflect a systems of care philosophy and which offer alternatives to traditional hospital and residential treatment services. Program models will include Multi-Systemic Therapy, Wraparound Treatment, Treatment Foster Care and other approaches which have enjoyed wide-scale replication and have been the focus of numerous outcome research studies. A common analytic framework will allow for comparison and contrast along clinical treatment dimensions, family engagement and family support strategies, community interface, cultural sensitivity, organizational support structures, such as staff training and other measures designed to insure treatment fidelity, and measurement of outcome effectiveness.

In addition to published peer reviewed child mental health literature and program materials, an innovative feature of the practice seminar will be the shared observations of selected regional and national child mental health professionals who are directly involved in service delivery, program implementation, or program evaluation. This will be accomplished through periodic guest presentations either in-person or via teleconference. The seminar will be of value to students who wish to deepen and expand their knowledge of innovative child mental health treatment programs their relative strengths/weaknesses and evidence base and to explore their implications for rapidly changing social work roles in both clinical practice and program development within child & family service agencies.

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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: 06/28/2005