WM315 Counseling and Communication
3 Units/30 Hours
This course focuses on developing interpersonal and counseling skills relevant to primary care, with a focus on patient/practitioner rapport, communication skills, and multicultural sensitivity. Students will gain an awareness of at-risk populations, including gender, age, indigent, and disease-specific patients such as those with Dementia. Working knowledge of a psychosocial assessment will be taught and role-played. Treatment for chemical dependency and other high-risk psycho-emotional diseases will be presented, reviewed, and discussed. The course develops the skills of the primary care provider to focus on the whole person aspect and the interpersonal relationship between the healthcare provider and patient as the foundation of medical practice. Clinical signs and symptoms of major psychological disorders listed in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) for treatment or for professional referrals are presented.