Specialization Description

This specialization prepares students for community-based mental health practice. Particular attention is given to a biopsychosocial and developmental theoretical framework.  A three-tiered public health conceptualization—primary, secondary, and tertiary—organizes student assessment and intervention knowledge, skills, and values.  Primary assessment and intervention spotlight the strengths and weaknesses in community supports and mental health policy, the importance of community prevention techniques, and the amelioration of stigma.  Secondary refers to specific individual, couple, and family psychosocial interventions and assessments.  Tertiary focuses exclusively on psycho-educational interventions.