Introduction to Behavioral Health

Course Available
3 Units
Online Fixed-Date

Course Description

Supporting Behavioral Health Patients in Your Ministry

Learn how to understand and better serve patients with behavioral issues and disorders.  This course provides participants with basic behavioral health literacy.  The rationale for why hospital chaplains benefit from basic knowledge of behavioral health is explored.

This is a 7-week course with synchronous meetings (via Zoom) and asynchronous assignments.

Course Details

Number of Units:  3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend:  This course provides continuing education for chaplains working in behavioral health settings.

Course Materials: Text, Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care in Mental Health Settings edited by Jean Fletcher available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore

Technical Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Due to regulations from the U.S. Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. This restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program.

Prerequisites:

A) Participants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a college, university, or theological school accredited by a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and a graduate-level theological degree from a college, university or theological school accredited by a member of the CHEA. Equivalencies for the undergraduate and/or graduate level theological degree will be granted by the individual professional organizations according to their own established guidelines.
AND
B) are currently serving in an official capacity as a Chaplain in health care, educational, military or human services settings.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
MIN-X700 – 002 17 Jan 202306 Mar 2023 3 $600

Introduction to Behavioral Health

17 Jan 202306 Mar 2023
3
$600
Online Fixed-Date
Online
Wendell Callahan, PhD

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the your online course and Zoom meetings.

Dates/Times for Online Synchronous Meetings via Zoom:

Tuesday, January 17, 2023  5:30PM-6:30PM, PST
Tuesday, February 7, 2023  5:30PM-6:30PM, PST
Tuesday, February 28, 2023  5:30PM-6:30PM, PST

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the diagnostic classification of common psychiatric disorders and related medical terminology
  • Understand the prevalence, etiology and natural history of major psychiatric and behavioral health disorders
  • Apply general health knowledge to spiritual care provided by chaplains

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Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

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  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
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  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
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