Organization and Interaction of Mental Health Services
Language of instruction
On successful completion of the course, the student will:
Have advanced knowledge of legal acts, regulations and other publicly determined conditions which regulate and direct mental health work towards children, adolescents and adults in all parts of the services
Have advanced knowledge of how the services are built up and organised today and which plans, political regulations and decisions exist in the field at community -, regional -, and national levels
Be able to contribute with as well as impart own competence in interdisciplinary and intersectorial cooperation
This course focuses on the organization and interaction of services towards children, adolescents and adults, and imparts knowledge of how law and policies regulate the social welfare services. The students will acquire advanced knowledge of conditions which can promote co-operation between different social welfare services and the competence of different professions.
Health - and social welfare policies in the field; international conventions, laws and regulations, national reports, strategic plans and guidelines.
Legal basis for the use of coercion and the use of coercion in social welfare legislation.
Administration of professional secrecy
Individual plan; principles of user-operated services
Organization of services at community -, regional - and national level
Development of complete, coordinated services; overview of services and examples of service orientation
Interdisciplinary and interdepartmental cooperation and responsibility delegation within and between services on various administrative levels
Quality assurance and internal control
Interaction between volunteer -, private - and public services
Communication, conflict resolution and mediation traditions
Cooperation knowledge; areas of expertise and responsibility in various professional groups, and development of professional identities
Rhetoric and argumentation techniques in professional interaction
Lectures and conferences
Exercises and skill training (the students do oral presentations and professional argumentation techniques)
Seminars have a dialogical approach which requires active student participation. Seminars are compulsory and 80 % certified attendance is required.
Estimated student workload is approximately 270 hours.
Attendance requirements must be met in the compulsory parts of the course.
Approved work requirement.
Please refer to the course brochure for details.
Assessment methods and criteria
A graded 5-day home examination in groups. See the course brochure for details.
The study programme manager, in consultation with the student representative, decides the method of evaluation and whether the courses will have a midterm- or end of term evaluation, see also the Quality System, section 4.1. Information about evaluation method for the course will be posted on Canvas.