Leadership in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Concentration Courses

Degree: Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
Program (Major/College): MSCABH/CBCS
Concentration: Leadership in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
CBCS Department: Child & Family Studies
Concentration Director: Sharon Hodges, PhD
Concentration Competencies

In addition to the four core courses (12 credit hours), the courses for this concentration are listed below.

Required Courses (12 credit hours)

MHS 6626 - Applied Leadership in Children's Behavioral Health
This course will develop student understanding of organizational leadership concepts, theory, and practice. It will focus on opportunities, challenges, and tools for leaders in public and private child and adolescent behavioral health organizations.

MHS 6097 - Financing of Children's Mental Health Services
Addresses theoretical, evaluative, political issues regarding financing of children's mental health services; will further students' critical thinking about financing strategies/structures that support effective systems of care.

MHS 6096 - Program Development and Implementation in Children's Mental Health
Course introduces students to the science of implementation and key frameworks, theories, strategies; includes critical elements, influences, stages applied to carry out successful implementation of initiatives.

MHS 7740 - Survey Course in Planning, Evaluation, and Accountability
This introductory course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of planning, evaluation, and accountability methods within a systems context. Emphasis is placed on a broad range of quantitative and qualitative methods.

Electives (9 credit hours)

MHS 6098 - Leadership within Systems of Care
Introduces students to various theories of leadership and empirical evidence linking leadership competencies to organizational and community success in children's mental health, emphasizing real world challenges and solutions.

MHS 6095 - Family-Centered Interdisciplinary Practice: SOC
Provides an overview of a SOC approach to children's mental health; prepares professionals to work in respectful partnership with families/youth and to participate in interdisciplinary teams serving children and their families.

MHS 6645 - Mental Health Informatics
This course examines how information technologies and knowledge management affect access to mental health and impact policy. Current applications include the management of mental health databases and the development of behavioral telehealth programs.

MHS 6508 - Wraparound Interventions and Systems of Care
Explores the wraparound philosophy and focuses on developing supportive community structures for the delivery of wraparound services. Research, evaluation, and methodology in wraparound interventions are addressed.

PHC 6546 - Epidemiology of Mental Disorders
Students in this course will study relevant factors that determine the frequency and distribution of mental disorders in human populations. Mental health intervention strategies also will be explored.

MHS 6073 - Child and Adolescent Psychopathology & Resilience
Students will gain basic knowledge about psychological disorders necessary to assess/treat/serve children, adolescents, and their families. Factors that promote resilience and build competencies will be explored.

PHC 6544 - Children's Mental Health Services
The content of this course is designed to prepare professionals to work in partnership with families and other professionals and participate in interdisciplinary teams in a variety of settings to meet the needs of children with mental health problems.

PHC 6543 - Foundations in Behavioral Health Systems
This web-based course is a graduate course in Behavioral Health within the Department of Community and Family Health. It is designed to provide the graduate student with an overview and understanding of the significant issues and trends in community & family mental health delivery systems in America. Four major areas of mental health will be emphasized: 1) history and legislation; 2) systems delivery; 3) programs and policies; and 4) selected at-risk populations.

RCS 5450 - Fundamentals of Substance Abuse Treatment
The course provides an overview of alcohol and other drug abuse and explores the extent and rate of abuse in the United States, causes, biology, psychosocial aspects, legal aspects, and treatment.

PHC 6729 - Advanced Research Education in Adolescent Behavioral Health
This course focuses on advanced topics in community-based participatory research in child and adolescent behavioral health. It will also focus on organization readiness to adopt evidence-based practices in child and adolescent behavioral health.