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Survey of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues in Health Care Interpreting (HCI 102)

3.0 Semester Hours

This course provides an overview of the mental health and substance abuse fields. Students gain a basic understanding of the history and structure of mental health services in the United States, specifically in Illinois. The laws and ethics that guide the mental health and substance abuse field are presented. Additionally, this course examines the multi-axial system of the DSM IV, along with major categories of mental illness. Other topics include crisis intervention, mental health issues, substance abuse treatment and recovery issues, along with a review of specific drugs of abuse. Finally, students are exposed to specific clinical services provided within the typical mental health treatment facility.

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