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Mental Health Concentration

Bay Path University's Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) - Mental Health Concentration is designed for students interested in understanding how mental health applies to our healthcare system. Mental health is recognized as vital to individuals, families, and societies. The program is 100% online and made up of 16 courses (12 core courses and 4 elective courses) for a total of 48 credits.

Students may choose from a variety of mental health elective course topics including substance abuse, psychopathology, bullying, group dynamics, and theoretical application.

CORE COURSES (12 REQUIRED, DESCRIPTIONS BELOW): HCM501, HSC701, HSC703, HSC705, hSC707, HSC713, HSC715, HSC790, HSC793, HSC797, PHE510, PHE517 
TRACK ELECTIVES (Choose 4, DESCRIPTIONS BELOW): PSY540, PSY550, PSY552, PSY620, PSY654, PSY657, PSY660, PSY662, PSY663, PSY664, PSY665, PSY671, PSY672

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
HCM501 Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics 3

This course addresses the legal issues that are most prevalent in the delivery of healthcare. Emphasis will be on the common issues that healthcare professionals encounter. The student will be introduced to various legal terms, policy and statutes and their relationship to the healthcare system process. Additionally the student will be provided with foundational knowledge regarding healthcare law and ethics and the effect on healthcare policy.

HSC701 Leadership Theory in Healthcare 3

The purpose of this course is to explore leadership theories in the context of the changing healthcare environment. The student will develop a theoretical position regarding how to be an effective leader in a variety of healthcare and organizational settings.

HSC703 Applied Statistics for Health Sciences 3

This course covers the selection, application, and interpretation of basic statistical tests and procedures applicable to healthcare research topics. Topics include data, variables, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, correlations, t test, Fischer’s F test, and the one-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA).

HSC705 Transformational Leadership in Complex Healthcare Organizations 3

This course is designed to aid individuals in becoming transformational leaders. It serves as a comprehensive resource in developing the foundational, conceptual, interpersonal, and practical disposition essential to inculcate transformation leadership skills and abilities.

HSC707 Policy Leadership for Healthcare Transformation 3

This course is designed to aid individuals in becoming transformational leaders. It serves as a comprehensive resource in developing the foundational, conceptual, interpersonal, and practical disposition essential to inculcate transformation leadership skills and abilities.

HSC713 Quantitative Research Methods 3

This course is designed to introduce students to quantitative research methods. Students will develop the skills necessary to formulate appropriate quantitative research questions, collect quantitative data, select appropriate statistical analyses, and analyze quantitative data.

HSC715 Qualitative Research Methods 3

This course is designed to introduce students to qualitative research methods. Students will develop the skills necessary to formulate appropriate qualitative research questions, collect qualitative data, and analyze qualitative data.

HSC790 Research Project 1 3

This course will review proposal components, with particular emphasis on research design and developing the literature review, and will also focus on key issues such as research project format standards, time management demands, committee formation, IRB training, and project management. Students must submit their IRB proposal for institutional approval.

HSC793 Research Project 2 3

Doctoral students will be guided and assisted in the completion of research data collection, data analysis, conclusions, recommendations, and preparations for final methodology review.

HSC797 Research Project 3 3

A continuation of DHS 793, doctoral students will be guided in the completion of edits required by the research project committee and methodology review, and preparation for the project defense.

PHE510 Cultural Competency in Healthcare 3

This course will examine both analytical and practical approaches to cultural competency in public health. Concepts, models, frameworks, and communication that occur in cross-cultural health situations will be discussed, but also the application of these concepts in real interventions and programs.

PHE517 Health Behavior Theory and Practice for Public Health 3

Students will explore the history and current applications of social and behavioral sciences as they are applied to public health practice and research. The course analyzes social and behavioral science models, theories, and approaches that inform public health and their philosophical roots. The course also examines social and behavioral determinants of health equity across the ecological spectrum.

PSY540 Individual and Family Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders 3

This course will focus on the principles of substance use counseling. Substance use counseling theories, orientations and treatment models will be evaluated for effectiveness. Students will learn, discuss and practice different facilitation styles and approaches to individual, family and special population’s substance use counseling. Role playing will be utilized to demonstrate appropriate skill development as it relates to substance use counseling. This class, including role playing, will provide opportunities for students to apply theoretical knowledge to clinical situations.

PSY550 Family Systems 3

This course will focus on family dynamics and family systems. Various family systems theorists such as Minuchin, Satir, and Haley will be reviewed and discussed. Specific attention will be given to issues of substance use within the family, including both working with someone with primary substance use and the effects of substance use on family structure. Students will be given the opportunity to practice various systemic interventions that promote healthy psychological development within the family system. The impact of culture, gender, and sexual identity will be examined.

PSY552 Bullying & Coercive Behavior 3

This course will examine the overwhelming evidence of how this anti-social behavior impacts the youth of today at home, in school, and in the community. Students will investigate the causes and kinds of bullying as well as how parenting styles either contribute to or empower the child against bullying. Strategies for the educator, psychology professional, and parent will be studied.

PSY620 Psychopathology 3

This course provides the students with an advanced understanding of relevant nomenclature and psychopathology from a developmental, biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and family/systems perspective. Students will learn how to interpret the multiaxial system of assessment and understand coding and reporting procedures outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV-TR that are utilized in making a diagnosis of a mental disorder. Students will incorporate relevant research and case studies throughout the course to integrate the various perspectives within a clinical context.

PSY654 Drugs, Medication & Society 3

This course will help the student understand the most commonly prescribed medications that are used in connection with behavioral health today. Current trends in psychopharmacological intervention will be studied and how such drugs will impact cognition, judgment, emotions, and motivation in the developing brain. In addition to commonly prescribed behavioral health medications, the use and abuse of mood altering chemicals will be discussed along with the nature and process of addictive drug seeking behaviors.

PSY657 Counseling & Co-Occurring Disorders 3

This course will enable the student to learn those counseling techniques and skills that are essential for working with clients who suffer from co-occurring disorders such as addiction and mental health problems. Students will develop an understanding of how clients can self-medicate underlying mental health and emotional problems by means of illicit drug use and abuse. With this understanding, the student will learn how to develop effective treatment plans for clients with co-occurring disorders.

PSY660 Social & Cultural Foundations 3

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the various theories, issues and trends of providing counseling in a multi-cultural and diverse society. Foundational knowledge and skill needed to provide mental health counseling services to diverse populations in a culturally diverse manner will be the core structure of this course of study. Such theorists as Monica McGoldrick will be reviewed for impact on current thinking and implications for mental health counseling.

PSY662 Counseling Theories & Practice 3

This course is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the theory and application of contrasting theoretical models of counseling and forming helping relationships. Students will examine the theory and application of various counseling models through lecture, presentations, group discussion, experiential activities, readings and reflection. This course will address the therapeutic process and practical elements of the counseling interaction, and assist students in strengthening their own personal approach to the helping relationship. In addition, it will challenge students to conceptualize their own qualities that support and hinder the therapeutic helping relationship.

PSY663 Career Development: Theory and Practice 3

This course will focus on the dynamic relationship that can exist between a person’s culture and other related and associated issues in the employment arena. Topics will focus on career counseling, occupational development theories, educational planning, market research and vocational assessment tools as well as the use of technology as a tool in career counseling. Case studies will also be utilized.

PSY664 Counseling Skills & Techniques 3

This course will guide the students to a more refined level of the helping relationship while building on the skills learned in PSY 662. Students will develop a solid understanding of the helping relationship by learning intensive listening skills and the effectiveness of attending to the client. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of their own communication styles as they relate to such dynamics as culture, body language, vocal qualities and attitude.

PSY665 Group Dynamics & Mental Health Counseling 3

This course will focus on the principles of group dynamics and group members’ roles and behaviors, and therapeutic factors of group therapeutic work. Students will talk about group leadership and different facilitation styles and approaches to group counseling. Students will learn specific models and techniques relevant to group treatment for substance use disorders, including use of motivational interviewing. Group counseling theories, orientations and behaviors will be evaluated for effectiveness. Role playing will be utilized to demonstrate appropriate skill development as it relates to mental health group work.

PSY671 Theories and Models of Trauma & Attachment 3

This 3 credit class will provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the foundation of trauma theory and therapy, attachment theory and the relationship to trauma, history and current theories in the field, the nature of trauma (examples including abuse and exploitation, combat trauma, natural disasters and community trauma, and familiar and covert trauma), how trauma affects individuals and systems, grief reactions, and traumatic stress. Also included in this class, is the exploration of the professional’s response to trauma, vicarious re-traumatization, crisis intervention, comorbid disorders and post-modern treatment. Additional topics will include special populations, as well as cultural competence within trauma practice.
Prerequisite: PSY664

PSY672 Neurobiology of Trauma 3

In this 3 credit class, students will build upon foundational knowledge and theory to provide a bio-diverse understanding of the effects of complex trauma on brain chemistry, functioning and anatomy of the brain, and brain development, within the context of attachment, affect regulation, normative brain development, and trauma disruption. Class materials will address the functions of brain areas that are involved in responding to traumatic events; how the brain and body respond to traumatic events; the influence of traumatic events on memory processes; common emotional and behavioral responses to trauma; and how to effectively work with trauma survivors We will examine common trauma symptomatology and presentations that arise from these disruptions across the lifespan, including understanding the functionality of disassociation. Additionally, students will review a range of evidence-based interventions that can help positively impact the neurophysiological effects of trauma in youth and adults, with an emphasis on achieving functionality and health within the whole self. Life span work will be incorporated, as well as co-morbid medical presentations and how to engage your clients with understandable explanations of the link between mental health disorders and biology.
Prerequisite: PSY 664