Developing Future Mental and Behavioral Health Professionals Through Mentorships and Internships
A-G Subject: College Preparatory Elective
CTE Sector: Health Science and Medical Technology
Pathway: Mental and Behavioral Health
In this course, students explore the complexity of the work of mental and behavioral health professionals using evidence-based interventions and conceptual frameworks. Students are responsible for a mentor/mentee caseload, case study analysis, simulations and experiential learning and gain the foundations to practice interactions with individuals, organizations and communities with professionalism and grounded in ethical standards. Students understand a variety of factors and settings which impact their clients and learn to base decision-making on client need, using a systems thinking approach to support their growth. This course could be implemented at a site with existing peer mentorship and internship programs, or as a means to pilot smaller, scaled down programs.