Release Date: July 25, 2018
Expiration Date: July 25, 2021
The Child Mind Institute (2015) reports that nearly 50% of children in the United States meet criteria for a mental health disorder, yet only 7.4% will receive mental health treatment – which could be due, in part, to a lack of training, knowledge, and experience in therapists on how to work with young children. Nonetheless, children suffering the effects of trauma, anxiety, and depression show up regularly in clinical spaces throughout this country. This basic-level course describes the therapeutic and developmental value of play and the two predominant models of treatment: child-centered play therapy and cognitive behavioral play therapy.
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Release Date: May 1, 2018
Expiration Date: May 1, 2021
While most individuals who experience traumatic stressors do not develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the high incidence of trauma exposure in the United States requires routine assessment of exposure to a single traumatic event, ongoing traumatic experiences, and symptoms of PTSD.
This intermediate-level course presents an interesting history of the diagnosis, provides current information on assessment approaches, and details effective treatment methods. The role of risk and resiliency factors, as well trauma-informed care are discussed. The course includes a discussion on special considerations for different populations, case examples, and an extensive resource list.
New York Social Workers - This course does NOT meet the NY Social Work Board's criteria for acceptable continuing education.
Alcohol and drug abuse is a major public health concern, affecting every segment of society. It needs to be considered within the context of problematic use of a variety of chemical substances. This intermediate-level course discusses the scope of substance-related problems in the US and the unique needs of various populations affected by substance use disorders including the effects of gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, co-occurring disorders, disabilities, and chronic pain conditions. The course also discusses substance use among military veterans, and incarcerated and homeless populations.
This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, B4242 Substance Use Disorders.
Release Date: April 30, 2018
Disaster mental health (DMH) interventions in the United States have become recognized as a crucial aspect of disaster response. This basic-level course provides social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists—who are at the forefront of providing assistance to survivors and the communities in which they live--with information about challenges in DMH and tools needed to respond. Risk and protective factors for a number of populations, as well as the wide array of disaster mental health services are described.
Release Date: April 26, 2018
Expiration Date: April 26, 2021
Going through trauma is not rare; about 60% of men and 50% of women experience trauma in their lives (National Center for PTSD, 2016). Trauma is complex and insidious; it can alter developmental trajectories and result in immense physical and psychological suffering. This intermediate-level course summarizes the theories on understanding trauma from psychological, developmental, and neurobiological perspectives; discusses various forms of trauma treatment; introduces the reader to integrative approaches to healing that reflect a holistic perspective; and explains practitioner self-care and the prevention of secondary or vicarious traumatization. Case vignettes throughout highlight key learning concepts.
Release Date: April 25, 2018
Expiration Date: April 25, 2021
Despite advancements in understanding addictions, substance abuse remains a significant problem for individuals, families, and communities in the United States.
This intermediate-level course aims to bring clinicians in varied settings up to date with current trends in use and abuse, and current treatment recommendations. The course provides information on the scope of substance-related problems; categories of commonly abused substances and their neurochemical effects on the brain and an individual’s biopsychosocial functioning; and the major theories of addictions.
Release Date: January 17, 2018
Expiration Date: January 17, 2021
Alcohol and drug abuse is a major public health concern, affecting every segment of society. Despite recent advancements in understanding addictions, substance abuse remains a significant problem for individuals, families, and communities in the United States and worldwide.
This intermediate-level course is intended for social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, and psychologists and aims to bring clinicians in varied settings up to date with current trends in use and abuse, and current treatment recommendations. The course provides information on the scope of substance-related problems in the United States; the different categories of substances that are commonly abused and their neurochemical effects on the human brain and an individual’s biopsychosocial functioning; and, the major theories of addictions. Clinical vignettes throughout the course illuminate key concepts and treatment strategies. Considerable attention is paid to different screening, assessment, and diagnostic instruments, including the DSM-5. Frameworks for assessing an individual’s motivation and the benefits and limitations of different intervention and evidence-based treatment approaches, including detoxification, residential and outpatient treatments, and treatment for comorbidities, and family therapy are all described. Gender, sexual identity, and gender expression; youth and older adults; co-occurring disorders and chronic pain conditions; intellectual and physical disability; and, military veterans, incarcerated populations, and homelessness are separately discussed as having distinct substance abuse treatment considerations.
New Jersey Social Workers – This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #52 Course #1868 from 05/03/2018 to 05/03/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 5
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Expiration Date: January 3, 2020
Written for mental health professionals, including social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists, this basic-level course presents essential information about bipolar and related disorders, including diagnostic information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th Edition (DSM-5). 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. 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.
New Jersey Social Workers - This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #52 Course #1521 from 8/25/2017 to 8/25/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 3
Expiration Date: December 31, 2018
This course is designed to help professionals recognize and work with the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome. The DSM-5 subsumed Asperger’s syndrome into the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder; however, there are special qualities to Asperger’s syndrome that helping professionals may be called upon to identify when assisting in the acquistion of social and other skills sets. This course is packed with information that professionals will find extremely important in the identification, assessment, and treatment of Asperger’s syndrome; many of the intervention techniques described are also useful in work with children and adults who have autism spectrum disorder.
The course describes the unique history of the Asperger’s syndrome diagnosis and various theories about causality. Using case scenarios, the course offers various symptom presentations across the lifespan, which highlight the importance of thorough assessment and individualized treatment interventions. Screening tools and assessment tools are described. The course details numerous treatment interventions for varying areas of difficulty that individuals experience, such as executive function, social interaction, intense and narrow interests, sensory processing, communication (nonverbal skills and pragmatic skills), mental health, theory of mind, and learning style. Interventions that are discussed include cognitive approaches, peer-mediated intervention programs, group interventions, family therapy, and sibling groups. The course describes in detail how such interventions are used to help individuals develop adaptive skills, including life skills such as personal hygiene and time management. The development of relationship and social skills is also discussed, such as social perception and social problem solving, emotional reciprocity, and knowledge of social norms. The course describes family systems issues related to the diagnosis, such as grief and emotional difficulties. Special considerations for females with Asperger’s syndrome are provided.
This basic-level course is intended for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and nurses. However, the course will benefit other professionals who may have a client with Asperger’s syndrome, including physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians or other medical doctors, paraprofessionals, administrators, and teachers. An extensive resources section is provided at the end of the course to further participants' work with clients who have Asperger's syndrome