Brief Course Description:
This course will examine the knowledge, attitudes and skills Mental Health Rehabilitation Technicians need to assist consumers in accessing whole health,
integrated care. It will address chronic health conditions, mental health and substance use disorders, medication needs, stress, and other factors affecting wellness of consumers.
- Describe the interdependent relationship between mental illness and physical health and give examples.
- Define various social contexts and risk factors affecting consumers with comorbid conditions, and the impact on the consumer's overall health and well-being.
- Have an understanding of the etiology, progression, and treatment of common comorbid conditions.
- Discuss a variety of treatment interventions and settings for common co-occurring conditions.
- Describe the value and importance of integrated care.
- Describe the Behavioral Health Homes (BHH) model and other models that promote the integration of physical and behavioral health services and the potential benefits of integrated care services and supports to consumers.
- Give examples of community and web-based resources that support wellness and recovery.
- Recognize the spectrum of substance use disorders, including the psychological signs and symptoms, as well as common behavioral addictions.
- Relate the significant impact of smoking on individual health, particularly those with serious mental illness, and identify evidence-based cessation resources.
- Explain the role of medication in symptom management, including the potential for psychiatric and physical side effects of any medication.
- Describe the benefits of shared care planning and ways to incorporate an individual’s needs and preferences in goal setting.
- Explain the case manager's role in the person-centered planning process and how to identify and refer to appropriate wellness promotion programs and community, peer, and web-based healthcare resources.
- Identify strategies to assist consumers in developing personal-care skills such as managing stress, assessing triggers, and monitoring medications.