Youth & Behavioral Health Concentration Courses

Degree: Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
Program (Major/College): MSCABH/CBCS
Concentration: Youth & Behavioral Health
CBCS Department: Child & Family Studies
Concentration Director: Carol Mackinnon-Lewis, 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 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 6900 - Co-Occurring Mental & Substance Use Disorders in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
This course will look at individual-level (biopsychosocial and developmental) factors for children, adolescents, teens, and transition-age youth that have increased risk for co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (COD). We will investigate factors that affect services delivery at the individual, family, agency, community, and systems levels.

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

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 6068 - Community-Based Behavioral Health Interventions for Culturally Diverse Youth
This course focuses on behavioral health issues and interventions for culturally diverse youth. Topics include youth and family strengths and needs, research and intervention approaches, and relevant policies at global, national, and local levels.

MHS 6508 - Wraparound Interventions and the System 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 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.

MHS 6437 - Family Perspectives on Behavioral Health Disparities
Examines behavioral health disparities from a family systems perspective, with consideration of how they are influenced by historical context, generations, immigration, social and physical environmental factors, discrimination, and group heterogeneity.

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.

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 7740 - Survey Course in Planning, Evaluation, & 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.

PHC 6035 - Co-Morbidity of Mental & Physical Disorders
This course examines the comorbidity of mental and physical disorders, taking a lifespan epidemiological approach. Emphasis is placed upon theories and empirical research elucidating comorbidities, risk factors, and mechanisms.

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.

Non Concentration-Specific Electives (1-4 hours)

MHS 6901 - Independent Studies in Mental Health Studies
Students conduct independent study in an area related to behavioral health under the guidance of a faculty member. Open to all majors/repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits.

MHS 6900 - Special Topics in Children's Mental Health
Topics vary and hours may vary. Open to all majors.