Behavior Clinical Practicum II: Care of the Adult and the Older Adult and Family

This practicum is designed to synthesize advanced practice knowledge relevant to persons with psychiatric illness and their families. Treatment models and evidenced-based research findings related to the interventions through the adult life span will be considered in the clinical settings. Acute and chronic mental health changes will be evaluated relative to crisis and grief, anxiety, personality, sleep, addictions, sexual disorders, psychological trauma, dementias and co‐occurring medical issues. Endocrine, metabolic, and toxic states are explored in the formulation of differential diagnosis and implications for advanced practice. Clinical practicums will focus on the incorporation of advanced skills related to conducting psychiatric evaluations; determining differential diagnoses; developing clinical case formulations and treatment plans; delivering evidenced‐based supportive, brief, and short‐term individual, group and family psychotherapy; identifying and evaluating psychopharmacological agents; and implementing outcome measures with adults and older adults and their families. Clinical supervision is a minimum of 2 hours weekly and a required component of this course. This course has intensive supervision with instructor and student on a 1:1 bases to review therapeutic modalities in the clinical setting on a weekly bases. This intensive supervision is required in psychiatric and mental health practicums due to the vulnerability of the population.