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Written for mental health professionals, including social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and nurses, this basic-level course presents essential information about bipolar and related disorders, including diagnostic information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th Edition (DSM5). Because of its health-related consequences, bipolar disorder is among the top 10 causes of disability worldwide. Using a holistic, multimodal approach, clinicians can help the client stabilize his or her mood and return to a normal level of functioning.
This course describes the symptoms and the biological, psychological, and social factors that must be considered when working with individuals who have bipolar disorder. The course portrays two different fictional clients to highlight the various aspects of bipolar and related disorders, including their social and occupational impact, and describes elements of treatment that are particularly useful. This course discusses psychopharmacology, and participants will learn about indications for and side effects of typical medications used in the treatment of bipolar disorders, such as mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics, and antidepressants. Of equal importance, clinicians will work with a client individually and with her or her family to promote the client’s recovery. Psychological treatments include cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, social rhythm therapy, and family-focused therapy. Social interventions help clients develop networks for social support, and the course shows how the Social Network Map can be used to identify such support. The course describes how single-system design methodology is used for outcome evaluation, an important consideration in today’s environment of managed care and third-party payers. Relapse prevention is discussed, including medication adherence and individual therapy.
Participants will receive 3 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course.
New Jersey Social Workers - This course has been pre-approved for 3 Clinical Social Work Practice credits by the Assoc. of Social Work Boards (NJ CE course approval program provider #52).
- Identify the symptoms and types of bipolar disorders.
- Describe causal and influential factors for bipolar disorder.
- Identify the criteria for a diagnosis of bipolar and related disorders.
- Explain treatment approaches for bipolar disorder.
- Describe ways to prevent relapse.
Teresa Mason, PhD, LCSWC, is a professor of social work at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She received a BSW in 1987 from University of Maryland, an MSW from Gallaudet University in 1992, and a PhD from the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2000. Dr. Mason has worked in the mental health field for more than 24 years, in inpatient and outpatient community centers, and in private practice settings. In addition to teaching graduate-level social work students, Dr. Mason works as a psychotherapist for a community service mental health agency. Her current publications and areas of research address the assessment of mental health needs in minority populations. Both Dr. Mason’s therapeutic practice and her academic research have focused on individuals with chronic mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.