MSA3300EN - Mental Health Essentials

Course description

An emphasis on mental health delivery and clinical skills used in a community mental health setting are discussed in this course. Topics pertaining to case management, issues related to case management, assessment of psychiatric disorders, and responding to those with mental health needs will be addressed.

How this course benefits students

Students will be able to identify and assess individuals with psychiatric disorders. They will obtain essential knowledge and skills necessary to describe principles and practices of case management in mental health.

Why this course is important

Mental health principles and practices will assist missional individuals with taking appropriate action when identifying those who need mental health treatment. Students will be able to respond appropriately and safely to those in the community that need spiritual and professional help.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Educational level
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

The Bible discusses several psychiatic disorders and the responses to psychiatric needs. An understanding of mental health needs through God's Word will assist students with discerning varieties of mental illness.

Missionally driven

A scriptural approach to mental illness will assist students with developing an awareness of the need of healing in the community. Accepting a missional calling will put students in a position to confront mental illness and allow God to use them in a way that will lead to the healing of those suffering from such illness.

Contextually informed

Mental health concepts will be learned and will give students the opportunity to connect with individuals in the community who suffer from mental illness. A contextual approach will pertain to priniciples of mental health and biblical principles related to finding completeness and mental well-being through Jesus Christ.

Interculturally focused

A cross cultural understanding of mental illness will be discussed in order to grasp an understanding of mental illness across cultures. Ethical delimmas in mental health treatment amongst diverse cultures in the community and in the Bible will also be considered.

Practically minded

Practical course assignments on individual case studies of those with mental illness will help students to critically think about ways to manage those with mental health needs.

Experientially transformed

There will be opportunities for students to address mental illness in case studies, which will give opportunities to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for results. Reflection on such assignments will increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify decision making processes.