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HSCI 1100 - Behavioral Health: Implications & Interventions

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 2Lab 2
Course Description: This course is intended for any student interested in careers that involve direct contact with patients/clients who may have mental health issues. It provides an overview of common behavioral health issues, communication techniques, and interventions that promote safety for clients, patients, caregivers, and professionals. The student will practice hands-on activities related to interventions. This course will be valuable to any student entering a career where there will be direct client contact, such as in health sciences, human services, chemical dependency, law enforcement, or other related disciplines.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement in RDNG 0950  or above or completion of RDNG 0900  with a grade of C or higher or concurrently enrolled.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Symptoms and treatment of common behavioral health issues
  2. Overview of substance use and disorders
  3. Common behavioral health interventions
  4. Common psychiatric medications prescribed in behavioral care and their uses, contraindications, and potential side-effects
  5. Basic behavioral health assessment
  6. Suicidal ideation - Identify the warning signs of suicide
  7. De-escalation strategy theory and applied practice
  8. Resource identification and referral
  9. Signs that professional help is needed for behavioral health issues
  10. Violent situation management and applied practice
  11. Scene safety ¿ anticipation and practice of prevention of unsafe situations for client & responder
  12. Legal & ethical standards in behavioral health care
  13. Protecting self & managing stress of encounters, including applied practice scenarios
  14. Roles of various health and public safety disciplines (EMS, 911)
  15. Sociocultural factors in behavioral health
  16. Tours of various facilities and environments
  17. Verbal and oral communication, interpersonal relationships, and other related personal skills such as self-discipline and time management

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. articulate legal, ethical and cultural factors influencing behavioral health.
  2. demonstrate interpersonal communication skills to de-escalate behavioral situations.
  3. describe the prevalence, symptoms, & treatment of common behavioral health disorders, including mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders.
  4. describe the roles of the various disciplines in responding to a behavioral health crisis.
  5. determine course of action based on a basic behavioral health assessment.
  6. explain the behavioral effects of substance use.
  7. identify ways to maintain personal mental health including compassion fatigue prevention.

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