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

    3 credits

    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

Choose one of the following:

  • 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.

Choose one of the following:

  • 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.


Choose one of the following:

  • 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

  • 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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