Release Date: October 11, 2018
Expiration Date: October 11, 2021
This intermediate-level course provides clinicians with the most essential information about the manual in a single, easy-to-use source. The course describes the history of the DSM and the development process used in creating the diagnostic system’s new structure. Newly added and classified disorders, removed or reclassified disorders, and any modified diagnostic criteria for those disorders retained in DSM-5 are detailed. The course addresses the controversies and criticisms that arose with the publication of DSM-5. Clinical vignettes highlight diagnosis criteria and quick reference lists and charts included in the course are an indispensable resource for those clinicians ready to use DSM-5.
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Release Date: October 8, 2018
Expiration Date: October 8, 2021
With increasing frequency, military personnel and veterans experience mental health problems upon return from deployment. This intermediate-level course sensitizes mental health providers to military cultural norms. The course describes postdeployment transition, reintegration, and adjustment, and identifies common mistakes that clinicians make in treating this population. Military families are discussed, including marital satisfaction and the effects of military life on the spouse and children. Assessment and treatment methods for PTSD, depression, suicide risk, substance use disorders, and traumatic brain injury are all described. The various treatment methods are explained in detail, and include case vignettes to illustrate client and therapist interactions.
Release Date: October 6, 2018
Expiration Date: October 6, 2021
Telemental health (TMH) is a broad term that refers to the provision of behavioral and mental health services using telecommunications or videoconferencing technology. Because technological advances in TMH are developing so rapidly, many practitioners may not have learned about how these advances can be integrated into clinical practice. Research has shown no evidence that TMH delivery of evidence-based mental health treatment is less effective than in-person delivery, even in the treatment of complex disorders like PTSD. This intermediate-level course provides a framework for understanding issues relating to TMH and offers introductory information for developing TMH clinical practices. Case vignettes are included.
Release Date: September 27, 2018
Expiration date: September 27, 2021
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is the fourth most common psychiatric disorder, so clinicians are likely to encounter it in clients seeking mental health treatment. Treatments for OCD take hard work, courage, and trust. Clients can learn strategies for managing their intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, and minimize the effect of symptoms on their relationships with others and in their daily lives. This intermediate–level course provides information about differential diagnosis and reviews appropriate tools clinicians can use to identify and treat clients with this complicated disorder and help them achieve a stable recovery.
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.
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.