Outline, explain, and describe the program that you have thoughtfully planned as a result of conducting a thorough needs assessment (part A)

Presentations: Please see separate instruction sheet (pgs. 15 – 17) and scoring rubric
(pgs. 19 & 20) attached to the syllabus for further information.
In-Class Presentations: 4/25 or 5/2
7. Final Exam (200 points): This comprehensive exam will be given in Old Main room
115 (computer lab) at the start of class. It will consist of 100 total questions and will
include multiple choice questions and true/false questions that will cover chapters 1 – 9 in
Gladding & Newsome’s text, as well as journal articles and lecture material covered in
class. Due to time constraints chapter 4 in the Gladding & Newsome text will not be
covered during class time. You will be expected to carefully read & study chapter 4 on
your own in preparation for the exam. You will have 2 hours to complete the exam. This
exam will not be graded on a curve. This is a closed book closed note in-class
Exam Date: 5/9
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Computer Lab in Old Main room 119
EDC 568: Principles of Mental Health
Spring 2017
Tentative Schedule of Readings, Activities, and Assignments
January 17 – May 9, 2017
1/17 WK 1 Orientation & introduction to course, people, and purpose
Perspective on mental health counseling
Review of syllabus & expectations
1/24 WK2 Historical Overview G & N: 1
K: Chps. 1 & 2
D2L articles
1/31 WK3 Professional Identity of Mental Health Counselors G & N: 2 & 3
(Discuss NBCC, ACA, NYS MH State License) K: Chps. 3 & 4
Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling
2/7 WK4 Ted Talk: Emotional hygiene G & N: 5 & 7
D2L articles
The Counseling Process K: Ch. 5
Client Assessment & Diagnosis in Community
Mental Health Lecture
2/14 WK5 Video: Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison K: Ch. 6
Client Assessment & Diagnosis in Community
Mental Health Lecture, cont’d
2/21 WK6 No Classes – President’s Day Break
EDC 568: Principles of Mental Health
Spring 2017
2/28 WK7 Field Trip to Gay and Lesbian Youth Services D2L articles
(GLYS) of Western New York
At 7:30 pm we will meet at the GLYS agency
371 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: 716.855.0221
(located in the basement of the Trinity Episcopal Church – across from
the Buffalo Club)
Due: Support Group Reflection Paper due via Dropbox by 7 pm
3/7 WK8 Midterm Exam (Please meet in the computer lab in Old Main room 115)
3/14 WK9 Spring Break
3/21 WK10 Field trip to Vive La Casa (shelter for the refugee population) PBS
7:30 pm we will meet at Vive La Casa Refguee VIDEO
(2 story brick building) (D2L)
50 Wyoming Avenue Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: 716-892-4354
3/28 WK11 Roundtable discussion of trip to Vive La Casa
Discussion of interview experiences with a mental health professional
4/4 WK12 Holistic Approaches to Clinical Mental Health G & N: 7 & 8
Counseling, Mental Health Consultation, D2L articles
Advocacy, Client Outcome Evaluation
Ted Talk: Wes Moore
Due: Discussion Board #1 Posting
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Spring 2017
4/11 WK13 Ted Talk: Kevin Briggs G & N: 9 & 10
D2L articles
Suicide Assessment & Intervention,
Crisis & Disaster Response, Managing
Stress, & Avoiding Burnout
Video: VA Crisis Call Center Canandaigua
Due: Discussion Board #2 Posting
4/18 WK 14 Guest Speaker: Bettymarie Sullivan, LMHC
Counseling military veterans and their families
4/25 WK15 Community Needs Assessment Project Presentations (2 groups)
(Presentations will be held in Grupp Lounge 2nd floor of Student Center)
On-line course evaluations
5/2 WK16 Community Needs Assessment Project Presentations (3 groups)
(Presentations will be held in Grupp Lounge 2nd floor of Student Center)
5/9 WK17 Final Comprehensive Exam
(Please meet in the computer lab in Old Main room 119)
• Attendance: More than two absences WILL RESULT IN A FAILING GRADE.
• Tardiness: You are responsible for gathering the information missed if you are late for
class. If you are 30 minutes late for the start of class that will count as a class absence.
• Late Assignment Policy: All assignments are due on the specified date unless
alternative arrangements have been discussed and approved with me in advance, prior to
the due date. Late assignments without approval will not be accepted.
• Grading Policy: The midterm exam and assignments will not be graded on a curve.
Extra credit opportunities will not be established for this course.
• Academic Integrity: Students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of
academic honesty. Academic integrity demonstrates respect to self and others and serves
as the foundation to intellectual growth. Instances of academic dishonesty are reflected as
a violation and breach of community standards and will be addressed consistent with
college policy.
• Academic Support: The Writing Lab is available to provide students with assistance
with the development of assignments.
EDC 568: Principles of Mental Health
Spring 2017
• The Writing Lab is located on the south end of the third floor of Old Main. No
appointments are needed to meet with someone at the Writing Lab.
• Professional Writing Research/Academic Papers: All academic/research papers (with
the exclusion of reflection papers) must follow the APA 6Th edition guidelines. In
addition, all papers must be stapled, double-spaced, with 12 point font. Please make sure
all papers are thoroughly edited and read before submission.
• Accommodation of disability: For students who have disabilities that may affect your
ability to participate in course activities or to meet course requirements please see me as
soon as possible so we can make reasonable accommodations. I will work with the
Office of Student Support Services to provide appropriate accommodations for students
with documented disabilities.
• IMPORTANT: For WEATHER and/or EMERGENCY conditions that would result in
cancellation of classes, or closure of Canisius College please call the WEATHER LINE
at 888-3131 or listen to the radio stations WEBR, WBED, AND WGR. These resources
will be important especially during the winter season.
American Counseling Association: http://www.counseling.org
2014 ACA Code of Ethics:
1) Discussion Boards (10 pts each = 20 pts total)
2) Interview w/ community mental health professional (100 pts)
3) Community Needs Assessment Project (100 pts)
4) Community Support Anonymous Group Reflection Paper (100 pts)
5) Midterm Exam (200 pts)
6) Final Exam (200 pts)
A = 94 & ABOVE B- = 80 – 83
A- = 90 – 93 C+ = 77 – 79
B+ = 87 – 89 C = 74 – 76
B = 84 – 86 C- = 70 – 73
D = Below 70 = Failure
EDC 568: Principles of Mental Health
Spring 2017
You will select, contact, and visit (you must schedule an appointment) a mental health
agency from the community that specializes in clinical mental health counseling (a phone
interview will not suffice for purposes of this assignment). You will obtain contact
information and collect important information about the services offered at the mental
health agency. Think about the following before visiting your targeted agency: (What do
you want to know? What would your clients want to know? How might a client feel
being referred to the agency?)
Take a tour of the mental health agency, find a brochure and/or written information about
the services offered. During your in-class (3/28/17) sharing of your interview experience,
please distribute any relevant literature, business cards, brochures relevant to the mental
health agency/professional, etc to your classmates.
During your formal interview you will gather information about the professional’s
current job duties, training and experience requirements, salary range, degree of job
satisfaction, number of counselors & other mental health professionals working at the
agency, obstacles and frustrations, involvement with emergency management such as
interface with law enforcement and/or disaster response, referral procedures, the nature of
consulting work associated with the counselor’s role, type of client population, average
case load per counselor, average number of client contact sessions, type of services
provided (group counseling, psychoeducational counseling, individual, family and/or
couple counseling), & source of funding for the agency.
In class on March 28, 2017 you will each share what you learned about the mental health
counseling profession from conducting the formal interview with a clinical mental health
Please include the following in your sharing:
1. The mental health professional you interviewed and visited
2. Location and date of interview
3. Significant learning points gained from interviewing the practicing
mental health professional
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Spring 2017
Based upon your analyses of results from your needs assessment project, you and
your partners will present to the class the following in a 40 – 45 minute group
PART A. (10 minutes)
1) Provide a rationale for why you chose your specific target population
(Summary of findings; include relevant statistics, factual information)
2) Prioritize needs of your specific population (think holistically)
3) Identify what services and treatment options are currently available to service
and counsel your target population based upon their identified needs
4) Identify potential gaps in existing mental health options/opportunities here in
the Buffalo area for your target population
5) Identify potential mental health/counseling programs and services to be
developed to meet those needs for the specific target population
6) Highlight practical prevention services that realistically could be in place in
the near future taking into consideration realistic challenges & barriers such as
financial constraints, political and systemic obstacles (societal/cultural issues)
PART B. Face to face interview experiences (5 minutes)
Professional Contacts: You are required to contact and visit two mental health
professionals in the Buffalo metropolitan area to secure relevant, current information
about your target population. In doing so, you will gain a current understanding of the
current needs of your chosen population, current resources available, as well as
unavailable to your population, as well as enhance your awareness of what services,
interventions, and community programs that could realistically be designed on both an
individual and community level. During your class presentation you will need to identify
and explain who you interviewed & the highlighted learning points you gained about
your target population from your interviews.
Given the time constraints of the class presentation, you will want to select the most
pertinent learning points gained from your interviews.
PART C. Your Specific Needs Assessment Project (10 minutes)
Outline, explain, and describe the program that you have thoughtfully planned
as a result of conducting a thorough needs assessment (part A) for your specified
target population in the Buffalo metro area. Include a rationale that indicates how
the process of needs assessment is part of an evidence-based research orientation
to the profession of counseling.
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Spring 2017
PART D. Increasing Social Consciousness (15 minutes)
“Behind the Scenes” experiential component of your Needs Assessment Project: On
Becoming Active, Socially Conscious Participants in your Community.
After taking a careful assessment and study of the problems and challenges your target
population faces in the Buffalo metro community (Part A), the challenge begins for you
and your group. I want you all to start thinking about how YOU could insert yourself as
part of a potential “solution” in closing the gap in services, as well as promoting good
and a sense of wellbeing among your population.
1. What did you and your group DO to intentionally raise
your level of social consciousness and awareness about your
particular population in our community?
• HOW? How did you connect and insert yourselves as part of this
community of individuals (target population) & existing services in
efforts to “see,” “feel,” “understand,” and “experience” the
challenging conditions and contextual/societal problems/barriers
that exist, to date, for your target population in WNY?
• WHERE? Where did you and your partners go? Location?
• WHO? Who did you contact to assist you with this experiential
part of your group project? Professional resources utilized? What
factors did you have to consider for successful consultation with
the people you contacted?
• AWARENESS OF SELF? As a result of intentionally connecting
to your target population and integrating yourselves in this project,
what did you learn about how you can contribute to the greater
good of your target population as socially aware, conscious
PART E. Funding (2 minutes)
• Please identify and explain a realistic, appropriate source of funding (grant
opportunities – which funding source?) for your outlined needs assessment
program referred to in Part B. Identify a program evaluation method that will
demonstrate to the funding source that you will be able to provide evidence of
progress because of your intervention/program.
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Spring 2017
PART F. Advocacy (5 minutes)
• Please describe how you plan to advocacy for the rights of your target population;
How you will act on behalf of your client population in efforts to promote your
client’s rights and interests.
• Who will you direct your advocacy efforts to?
In Class Presentation (100 points): You and your partners will give a 40 – 45 minute
class presentation in regard to your community needs assessment project. You will
prepare a short Power Point presentation.
(Please see and carefully read the Performance Scoring Rubric below for the group
In Class Presentations: 4/25 & 5/2 TOTAL PTS: 100


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