MSA3310EN - Concepts in Mental Health Illness

Course description

The mental health field utilizes many models and concepts in service delivery. The course will cover several topics to assist in explaining mental health models and concepts such as psychodynamic principles, cognitive-behavioral models, prevention models, treatment models, medical and biopsychosocial models, and multidiscilinary models. The course will emphasize on understanding mental health care delivery and service systems.

How this course benefits students

A focus on adapting major concepts of mental health to the practice of mental health treatment is a goal for students. Students will gain an understanding of the multidisciplinary approach within a therapeutic environment. Students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of other participants of the mental health care system.

Why this course is important

Students will be able to effectively walk in their missional calling when they gain knowledge of effective interventions for those with mental health issues. The impact of effective mental health treatment of individuals and communities will lead to positive social change.

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

Major concepts in the field of mental health are also utilized in the Bible. Topics related to biblical events on thinking patterns influencing behaviors (cognitive-behavioral), prevention of mental illness, and working with others (multidisciplinary approach) are covered.

Missionally driven

It is necessary for missional leaders to be willing to respond to the call of assisting others in the restoration and healing process. God desires for his disciples to lead the charge in identifying the needs of the people and leading them to his son Jesus Christ, healing, restoration, and continued fellowship with him.

Contextually informed

Several concepts, strategies, and models of the mental health care delivery and system will be covered. A grasp of the meaning of mental health concepts and models will be gained from reviewing biblical perspectives and real-world mental health experiences.

Interculturally focused

Students will be able to determine appropriate mental health approaches that specifically pertain to certain cultures. There will be an emphasis on multicultural communication and importance of determining appropriate and inappropriate models used across cultures.

Practically minded

An identification of appropiate models and strategies of mental illness will be examined through practical applications and assignments.

Experientially transformed

Students will be able to learn what happens when appropriate and inappropriate models, strategies, and interventions are used in mental health service delivery. Such experience will assist them in understanding the importance of critical thinking and application of mental health treatment.