Disciplines:
  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Catherine Gilbert, EdD, RN
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Teresa Mason, PhD, LCSWC
  • Allison J. Applebaum, PhD
Item#: N1626
Contents: 1 Course Book (48 pages)

Schizophrenia: Diagnosis and Treatment, Updated 1st Edition



Price $19.95
Item # N1626
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

This course provides an overview of schizophrenia, including its etiology, signs and symptoms, and treatment. Therapeutic interventions suggested in the course may help the nurse in caring for patients with schizophrenia. 

Course Objectives
  • Discuss the biopsychosocial theories of the causes of schizophrenia.
  • Describe the development of schizophrenia.
  • Describe the clinical presentation for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.
  • Discuss various pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapeutic treatment modalities used in caring for patients with 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.

Allison J. Applebaum, PhD, is an assistant attending psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Applebaum received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University and completed her clinical internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical Center. She has more than ten years of clinical and research experience in the field of behavioral medicine. Dr Applebaum’s research is directed toward promoting the psychological and physical well-being of individuals diagnosed with chronic medical illnesses. Her research interests also include the classification of mood disorders, including the nature and treatment of bipolar disorders and the bipolar spectrum.

  • 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.