Mental Health Care Career Prep

310 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

In this course, students will learn fundamentals about what one would need to have in order to be a mental health technician. Throughout this course, participants will gain an understanding of the history of mental health nursing, the basics of this type of care patients receive, as well as the ethics needing to be understood when caring for patients. Once this has been mastered, students will gain an understanding of developmental psychology throughout one's lifespan and how sociocultural influences can impact one's mental health. The majority of the course will require students to understand various types of mental disorders and how they can affect a patient's health as well as others they may interact with. At the conclusion of the course, participants will gain an understanding of common mental health issues in various stages of one's life and how care can be provided to them. Once the course has been completed, one will be skilled to become a mental health technician and be able to handle these and other commonly-seen mental health issues in the society we live in today.

Students will:
  • Learn about the history of mental health illnesses and fundamental basics of communicating with patients that are diagnosed or have mental impairments.
  • Comprehend and understand the ethics associated with treating patients with mental health disorders.
  • Review and apply various types of techniques focused on nursing processes and mental health treatments.
  • Review, learn and understand about numerous types of behavioral disorders that can impact a patient's mental health.
  • Understand how age can impact various types of mental disorders, outcomes, and treatment plans.
  • Analyze and review strategies to help patients that may have been abused or been succumbed to violence as denoted in the text

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Willow Nolland is an expert in education and eLearning, with more than ten years of experience in curriculum development and instructional design. She has worked in higher education for over twelve years, and has developed numerous courses and has been involved in curriculum development across disciplines. She has experience with academic program development and coordination, curriculum development, student learning outcomes, educational partnerships, and student development. In addition, she has developed and administered professional development programs for various groups, including teachers, counselors, healthcare workers and members of private industry. She is a certified Quality Matters Reviewer and has taken graduate courses in online course development. She designs and teaches online courses at the college level and is proficient in a variety of course management systems. She has helped educators redesign their courses to transition them from a face-to-face format to an online format, and has provided course editing assistance to others. As a freelance instructional designer and curriculum developer, her projects have included course editing and redesign of online continuing education courses for nurses, CEU curriculum development for healthcare workers and teachers, and course review and editing for various colleges and universities.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: History of Mental Health Nursing

In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of the history of mental health illnesses and how the industry has changed from the time it was more of a discovery than what it is now. Students should have a firm understanding of the background before continuing on with the other lessons in the course.

Lesson 2: Mental Health Nursing Fundamentals

The second lesson of the course looks at the fundamentals of communication and how it may impact the diagnosis and treatment of persons that are diagnosed with mental health disorders. Different communication types, adaptive techniques, and understanding of patient privacy laws and how best to handle patients with these types of impairments are also discussed. Much like any other health profession, anyone that interacts with a patient can be held accountable and responsible for potential outcomes for better or worse.

Lesson 3: Developmental Psychology & Sociocultural Influences

In this lesson of the course, students will take time to review the stages of human development and how developmental psychology changes from the time we are born to the time we pass away. Additionally, participants of the course will look at sociocultural influences that can greatly alter one's mental state. Whether that be symbols, trends, fads, or even the people we interact with as a family or otherwise, they can make a significant impact on one's mental health.

Lesson 4: Mental Nursing Processes & Treatments

This lesson of the course is one that must be carefully reviewed by students taking the course because this provides the necessary foundational knowledge to be an excellent mental health technician. Topics reviewed in this lesson include assessing a patient, properly diagnosing their issues, and generally following a five (5) step sequential process to assist them towards better mental health. Additionally, understanding and working through different coping and defense mechanisms are reviewed here. Treatments both in the contemporary sense and alternative methods round out this lesson's contents.

Lesson 5: Anxiety, Bipolar, and Depressive Disorders

The fifth lesson begins a comprehensive review of various types of disorders that humans commonly have. Some of the most frequently diagnosed are anxiety, bipolar, and depression. Depending on the patient or client, it is entirely possible that these are diagnosed at the same time or overtime. Students should review this section carefully as these can be symptoms of other disorders discussed in the next couple of lessons. Treatment plans are provided as guidelines to ensure clients or patients of these can manage or recover from symptoms resulting from these impediments.

Lesson 6: Suicide, Personality, Schizophrenia, & Somatic Symptom Disorders

Suicide is one of the sad tragedies of mental disorders that can be prevented and avoided with mental health clients or patients. This lesson goes into depth about that topic as well as other commonly-seen personality disorders that one may inherit or develop over their lives. Similar to the previous lesson, suggested treatment plans and directives are provided to help one provide a treatment program that will manage any symptoms seen and keep them alive.

Lesson 7: Addictive, Eating, Neurocognitive, & Substance Disorders

The second to the final lesson of the course reviews other common disorders that mental health technicians and professionals at-large commonly interact with on a day-to-day basis. Topics in this part of the course look at delirium, dementia, and other neurocognitive disorders that are often observed. Other disorders which invoice not just mental health technicians and personnel but others that are reviewed here include addictions, eating, and substance abuse disorders. Naturally like the previous two (2) lessons, treatment plans and nursing interventions to help these clients and/or patients are provided as well.

Lesson 8: Mental Health Issues & Abuse Awareness

The final lesson of the course concludes with the review of common mental health issues that are often common in the world we live in. These are broken down into three (3) core categories: adolescence, postpartum, and aging populations. The final chapter of the course reviews proper procedures and information as to who to treat patients that were abused in some manner. Being able to treat clients or patients is an important task and having awareness of possible abuse that occurred is necessary to provide the best course of action for all involved (whether directly or indirectly).

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **