Disciplines: Occupational Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Teresa Mason, PhD, LCSWC
Peer Reviewer(s): Allison J. Applebaum, PhD
Item#: I6305
Contents: 1 Course Book (58 pages)

Bipolar and Related Disorders: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Strategies



Price $29.95
Item # I6305
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This basic-level course presents essential information about bipolar and related disorders, including epidemiology, signs and symptoms, causal and influential factors, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment implementation, relapse prevention, and outcomes evaluation. Using a holistic, multi-modal approach in collaboration with other health professionals, the clinician can help the client with mood stabilization and daily functioning.  Clinicians can also help educate a client’s loved ones about bipolar and related disorders in order to support their client’s recovery.

AOTA Content Focus - OT Process: Evaluation and Intervention

Course Objectives

  • 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.
Allison J. Applebaum, PhD, is an assistant attending psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). 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 10 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, including cancer and HIV, and improving the quality of life of their caregivers. Her research interests also include the classification and treatment of depression, anxiety, and the bipolar disorders. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, including a chapter on “The Nature and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder and the Bipolar Spectrum” published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Applebaum has presented at national and international conferences on various approaches and barriers to treatment of mental health issues among medically ill patients.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.