MSA2110EN - Foundations of Mental Health

Course description

The evolution of the mental health system and the factors influencing mental health services are examined.The course focuses on the development of mental health services in the community and the response to mental health needs in the community. An exploration of historical, polictical, social, cultural, and ecomonic dimensions of mental health will be discussed.

How this course benefits students

Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the development of mental health services. The understanding of the mental health system and services will provide guidance to students for missional and ministry practice. Students will be able to identify mental health needs and engage in providing guidance for obtaining community-based mental health resources and support.

Why this course is important

An understanding of mental health in the community and assessing the needs of those who are not being treated is essential. The course will focus on the importance of family, biblical guidance, and community systems in the identification of mental health concerns.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Educational level
Health Foundation
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

A biblical perspective and guidance for those identifying and assisting individuals with mental health care needs is essential for this course. The goal will be to provide biblical guidance for praying for individuals with mental health needs and a biblical perspective of widsom and encouragement.

Missionally driven

The acceptance of the calling to missions and ministry practice includes connecting with people who have special needs. In an effort to join with God and his work, there must be a desire to spiritually discern the needs of others.

Contextually informed

A biblical perspective on mental illness and its relationship to missional and ministry practice will be covered in this course.

Interculturally focused

The information provided in this course will assist students with identifying mental health needs of those from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Practically minded

As students gain knowledge and understanding of the mental health system and service delivery, they will be equipped to serve individuals in the community with mental health needs. A biblical perspecitive will promote the importance of spiritual awareness when engaging with such population will be covered.

Experientially transformed

There will be an experiential learning approach for students to observe mental health issues, services, and delivery in the community. The utilization of such approach will prepare students to identify and address mental illness in the community.