CLI ST810 - Systems Theory and Practice: Psychological Interventions in the Community

(Credits: 2)

This course will cover a broad base of system concepts and interventions in the community psychology–community mental health domain. Community psychology as a discipline has focused on analyzing systems, creating appropriate settings and programs, and advocating community change strategies. Community mental health as a model for promoting human welfare has focused on developing preventative, early intervention strategies for schools and community, while working with trouble individuals or families in a variety of short-term interventions: crisis intervention, short term therapy, support groups. It is a wellness model, the focus being on returning the individual to society and accustomed functioning as soon as possible. These perspectives stand in contrast to the clinical psychology modality, which tends to position the disorder within the self, leaving the social order conveniently unaffected. Pre-requisite: FP705.