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  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Social Work
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Catherine Gilbert, EdD, RN
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Teresa Mason, PhD, LCSWC (1st Edition)
  • Brandon Abbs, PhD (2nd Edition)
Item#: C6520
Contents: 1 Course Book (56 pages)

Schizophrenia: Diagnosis and Treatment, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # C6520
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: February 26, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Mental health and mental illness are difficult concepts to define. Both health and illness have a basis in society’s cultural, moral, ethical, and spiritual beliefs, providing a wide framework for understanding. As difficult as it may be to arrive at a universal definition of mental illness, certain elements are associated with how mental illness is perceived regardless of one’s psychosocial heritage. Individuals in society evaluate another person’s health within a specific cultural context and by the comprehensibility of that person’s actions. Perhaps no other mental illness is as devastating and difficult to understand as schizophrenia. Affecting almost 1% of the population worldwide, the disorder knows no gender, ethnic, or cultural boundaries. For various reasons, mental illness has become increasingly visible. As society has advanced in medicine and technology, industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and globalization, the demand for healthcare services, and mental health services in particular, has greatly increased. It is estimated that  1 in 5 Americans has a diagnosable mental disorder. As a result, clinicians in a variety of practice settings are caring for clients with mental health issues and illnesses such as schizophrenia.

The purpose of this course is to provide the reader with an overview of schizophrenia, including its etiology, signs and symptoms, and treatment. Designed for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists, this intermediate-level course will provide clinicians with current information under DSM-5 about schizophrenia and will suggest therapeutic interventions to assist them when working with clients who have schizophrenia.

  • Counselors - course does not qualify for NBCC credit. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe schizophrenia, including the illness’s epidemiology and etiology
  • Describe the clinical presentation of clients diagnosed with schizophrenia
  • Explain treatment modalities used when working with clients who have schizophrenia
  • Identify relapse-prevention strategies


Catherine Gilbert, EdD, RN, is currently a faculty member in the Department of Nursing at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, and has more than 30 years of nursing experience. She has worked in mental health/psychiatric nursing for more than 25 years in inpatient and outpatient settings with patients experiencing acute and chronic mental illness, in forensic psychiatry, on crisis teams, and as a mental health therapist. She has been teaching mental health nursing to undergraduate and post-RN nursing students since 1991 and continues to work in the emergency department with the psychiatric crisis team performing emergency psychiatric evaluations.


Teresa Mason, PhD, LCSWC, is a professor of social work at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She received her MSW from Gallaudet University in 1992 and her PhD from the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2000. Dr. Mason’s clinical experience, as a program director, consultant, and psychotherapist, has focused on working with deaf adults who have a chronic mental illness. Her current publications and areas of research include domestic violence in the deaf community and the use of mental health instruments with deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Teresa Mason has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.

Brandon Abbs, PhD, is a medical writer in the biotechnology industry. Dr. Abbs received his doctorate in psychology from the University of Iowa in 2008 and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital) in 2012. He has more than 15 years of clinical research experience in the field of cognition, decision making, and neuroscience. Dr. Abbs’s research is directed toward understanding how early life experiences and the developmental trajectories of individuals diagnosed with chronic mental illnesses affect their cognitive functioning. His research interests also include the role of the human stress response in mental illness, including the effects of chronic stress on human brain functioning.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support
  • 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
  • Brandon Abbs has disclosed that he has a financial relationship with the following companies: Shire PLC, TESARO, Inc., Alkermes, Inc., and Seeking Alpha, a crowd-sourced content service for financial markets. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence through its peer-review process.