Health and Mental Health Case Management Certificate

The Health and Mental Health Case Management Certificate offers students the advantage of an additional professional credential that supports employment and advanced graduate study opportunities.


Required Courses

  • SWK 100

    Introduction to Social Work


    This course introduces students to the profession of social work and its fields of practice. It provides an introduction to social work theories, values, and skills and defines how generalist social workers use their professional expertise to help people solve a variety of problems and improve their lives. The history of social work and its linkage to social justice issues and social welfare policy will be explored.

  • SWK 110

    Human Behavior and the Social Environment

    3 credits

    This course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of human behavior and development across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on investigation and application of bio-psychosocial and systems theories, strengths perspectives, empowerment, and resiliency on human development and behavior within the scope of generalist social work practice. Attention to dimensions of diversity related to culture, race/ethnicity, gender, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status on human development and behavior are stressed.

  • SWK 471

    Counseling and Case Management in Healthcare

    3 credits

    This course will provide generalist practice knowledge and skills essential to various social work roles in health and mental health settings. Case management and collaboration with health professionals in health and mental health settings (community mental health systems, hospitals, health centers, addiction treatment centers, rehabilitative services, long term care facilities, hospice care, and inpatient psychiatric units) will be examined including services for families and caregivers. An introduction to medical terminology and billing and coding will be presented. Current healthcare policy issues, legislation, and ethical issues will be integrated throughout the course. Prerequisite: Junior and senior status.

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  • SWK 371

    Human Sexuality

    3 credits

    This course offers biological, psychological, emotional, and spiritual views of human sexuality. Students will learn about gender differences, cross-cultural perspectives, pregnancy and birth, sexual orientation, communication, love, attraction, and sexual dysfunction. Special emphasis is placed on students developing a personal sense of values and ethics related to human sexuality and the importance of how sexuality influences one’s identity, relationships, and values.

  • SWK 472

    The Study of Addictions

    3 credits

    A bio-psychosocial approach to the study of addictions. This course offers an overview of addictions including definition, drug use patterns, and treatment needs among diverse populations, strategies in screening, assessment, and treatment. Current research, ethics, health promotion, and prevention will be integrated throughout the course. Prerequisite: Junior and senior status.

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  • SWK 372

    Introduction to Psychopathology

    3 credits

    This course will explore mental disorders and dispel myths and stigmas surrounding mental illness. Theories and knowledge pertaining to psychopathology important for social work practice in any setting will be emphasized. The examination of strengths and limitations of classification systems of mental disorders, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition (DSM-TR) and International Classification of Disease (ICD-10-CM). Current research regarding mental illnesses will be integrated throughout the course.

  • SWK 440

    Introduction to Child Psychopathology

    3 credits

    This course will provide an introduction to mental health disorders frequently diagnosed in children. Examination of the impact childhood mental health disorders have on children, their families, and community. Emphasis on prevention and early intervention, as well as learning strategies to successfully work with challenging children in any environment. The importance of self-awareness and self-care will also be explored. Prerequisite: Junior and senior status.


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  • SWK 332

    Crisis Intervention: Theories and Skills

    3 credits

    This course will examine the knowledge, theory and skills of crisis intervention. Crisis intervention strategies and methods attempts to empower individuals or parties currently undergoing a crisis situation by helping them to stabilize and solve problems causing extreme tension and stress. This course includes social work principles and methods of crisis intervention for many different situations, such as domestic violence, community violence, homelessness, psychiatric crisis and abuse and neglect.

  • SWK 432

    Counseling Theories

    3 credits

    This course is intended to introduce the social work student to the major theories of counseling in social work practice today. This course examines‎ the relationships between theories in social sciences and social work and explores their connections to the practice of social work.

    The intent of this course upon completion is to make students aware of major theoretical frameworks that have shaped social work and how theories have influenced the practice and field of social work.

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