CSPH 5305 - Introduction to Integrative Mental Health
This course is offered completely online.
This course focuses on introducing students to the concept of integrative mental health (IMH). In it we will explore different definitions of IMH, the history and background of the concept and how it relates to psychiatric care and health care in general. We will explore and practice risk-benefit profile of different modalities in the context of evidence-based mental health care. An emphasis will be placed on the connection between physical and mental health and how that can be approached from an integrative perspective. Topics such as mindfulness and mental health, nutrition and mental health, herbs and supplements in psychiatric care and the role of functional medicine in IMH will be covered, as well as how psychotherapy and psychotropic medications fit in the IMH framework.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Discuss and define the concept of integrative mental health (IMH) and its basic principles.
Identify the limitations of the current paradigm of care in our mental health system.
Discuss the evidence base for various integrative interventions in the mental health setting.
Discuss how integrative interventions fit with other common interventions in the field.
Describe the disconnect that happens when mental healthcare and physical healthcare are addressed in their own silos.
Assess and evaluate the risk-benefit profile of different modalities and discuss how to integrate them safely.