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Title Duration CME Certified
1.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Rates of suicide among youth continue to increase, making it essential for behavioral health clinicians and other professionals working with adolescents and transition-age youth to understand the dynamics of suicide among young people. After providing a foundation on how widespread the problem is and the prevailing theories about the drivers of suicidal behaviors, this course will teach you about how to effectively screen potentially suicidal youth and ways you can intervene to lower their risk. The goal of this course is to provide alcohol and drug counseling, behavioral counseling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, psychology, and social work professionals in health and human services settings with skills for reducing suicide risk in adolescents and transition-age youth.

State 3 primary assessment strategies you can use to identify youth who are at risk for suicide.

Describe interventions that can effectively reduce the risk of suicide in adolescents and transition age youth.

Explain the primary drivers of suicide according to Joiner’s interpersonal theory and how they operate to increase risk.

Summarize the impact of risk and protective factors for adolescents and transition-age youth.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders diagnosed in childhood, and its symptoms can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Since many children at times exhibit inattentiveness, hyperactivity, or impulsivity, it can be challenging to diagnose and treat individuals with ADHD. This course, appropriate for healthcare professionals with basic to intermediate levels of experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults in a variety of healthcare settings, will give you the tools you need to make an accurate diagnosis and choose the most effective treatment options. Included are the three different presentations of ADHD and key behaviors of each, specific diagnostic criteria, typical symptoms and how they manifest differently in individuals of different ages, possible causes of ADHD, and current treatment options for children, teenagers, and young adults.

Identify the current theories on the etiology of ADHD.

Discuss some of the conditions that may hinder accurate diagnosis of ADHD, as well as the other disorders that commonly co-occur with ADHD.

Explain the different treatment options for ADHD, including medications and therapeutic interventions.

Describe the symptoms of the three different presentations of ADHD and how they may manifest differently in children, teenagers, and young adults.

Instructor
Sarah Clavell Storer, Ph.D.

Staff Writer
Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Obesity affects the entire scope of a person‘s life, including health, social relationships, self-image, and psychological well-being. Now recognizing obesity as a chronic disease that must be managed long term, the American Medical Association has added a new sub specialty to its continuum of care: the obesity medicine physician. As the number of obese people in our society rises, the health care industry must assimilate this aspect of their treatment and care into daily practice. This module discusses the epidemic that obesity has become, reviews current treatments and care plans, and includes the psychosocial impact that being obese has upon the individual and society.

Describe six major contributing factors for obesity in adults.

Discuss patient education on the benefits and adverse effects of three prescription medications for obesity.

Explain the differences between four surgical approaches to the management of obesity.

Instructor
Cathy S. Birn, MA, RN, CGRN, CNOR

1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Substance use is a growing problem across populations. As a helping professional, you need a basic understanding of how substance use affects your clients. This information will help you to provide support and resources to help clients seek treatment and recovery. In this course, you will explore substance use disorders, how they develop, and their impact on individuals. The course also explains your role as a paraprofessional when working with individuals with substance use disorders. You will be provided an overview of evidence-based interventions and the types of substance use treatment programs available, when additional treatment may be necessary. Detailed examples will help you to apply this information in your own work. The goal of this course is to provide paraprofessionals and peer support specialists in health and human service settings with information on substance use disorders and evidence-based interventions.

Explain what a substance use disorder is, how it develops, and how it impacts individuals.

Identify strategies that paraprofessionals can use when working with individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders to encourage behavior change.

Describe the types of treatment that exist for people diagnosed with substance use disorders.

Instructor
Bryn Davis, M.Ed, LPC

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

This course focuses specifically on early interventions that are designed to reduce suicide risk. You will learn how these early interventions impact suicide risk. You will also learn of examples and the role that programs highlighting connectedness, life skills, and resilience play in preventing suicide. The goal of this course is to provide social work, psychology, nursing, alcohol and drug counseling, marriage and family therapy, and counseling professionals in health and human services with information about community-based, upstream suicide prevention approaches. 

Explain what upstream suicide prevention means and why it is important.

Summarize the impact of connectedness as an upstream suicide prevention approach.

Describe how fostering life skills and resilience can help to prevent suicide.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
Kathryn Falbo-Woodson, MSW, LCSWA

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

This course provides an overview of how anxiety impacts children and adolescents. You will learn about the specific types of anxiety disorders and the multiple pathways by which anxiety can develop. As you progress through this course, you will learn assessment strategies and evidence-based interventions that you can implement to identify and treat these disorders in children and adolescents.

State the common symptoms of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

Describe evidence-based interventions for treating problematic anxiety in children and adolescents.

Explain three of the possible origins of anxiety based on the research accumulated to date.

List assessment tools and practices to use when evaluating anxiety symptoms in children and adolescents. 

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
Bridgett Ross, PsyD

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

The connection between physical and behavioral health includes the impact that behavioral health disorders have on chronic health conditions. Behavioral health screening has been shown to improve the identification of disorders, facilitate referrals to needed services, and reduce adverse outcomes by helping avoid complications, achieve treatment goals more rapidly, and reduce the overall cost of care. This screening can be implemented fairly quickly in a variety of health-care settings, requiring minimal time and effort on the provider’s part. This module reviews some of the most widely used behavioral health screening tools and explores important factors for consideration when implementing them in your practice.

Identify two examples that demonstrate the impact behavioral health disorders have on chronic health conditions.

Describe three factors that are important to consider when incorporating behavioral health screening tools into integrated healthcare settings.

Identify at least three behavioral health screening tools that can be used to identify behavioral health disorders that may impact a person’s overall wellness or chronic health condition.

Instructor
Cheryl Holt, MA

Staff Writer
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
Angela Giles, DBH, LCSW

 

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Telehealth, which uses information technology to facilitate healthcare between two or more people separated by distance, is designed to enable everyone to have access to healthcare. This course aims to teach you about different modalities of treatment using telehealth in the behavioral health sciences, including a description of the most effective approaches.

You will gain knowledge about building and maintaining rapport with clients remotely via telehealth. You also will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of telehealth practice, including ways to address those weaknesses. Information and vignettes will be blended to offer practical strategies that you can apply in your own setting to use telehealth for adults with behavioral health issues.

Select and apply the most appropriate treatment modalities for telehealth when working with individuals across behavioral health settings.

Describe considerations when building rapport and engaging clients remotely via telehealth.

Summarize specific research describing the strengths and weaknesses of telehealth practice, including the standardized use of electronic assessments.

Instructor

Steven R. Thorp, Ph.D., ABPP 

Staff Writer

Naju Madra, M.A.

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

This course will provide you with information about the numerous risk and protective factors of suicide. You will learn effective screening approaches you can use to identify elevated risk. You will also learn how to follow a positive screening with an in-depth clinical assessment, including several different models you can use to guide your assessment. The goal of this course is to provide alcohol and drug counseling, marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychology, and social work professionals in health and human services with skills to identify individuals at increased risk of suicide.

Recognize risk and protective factors for suicide.

Explain how to effectively screen to identify individuals at risk of suicide.

Summarize the major components of a comprehensive suicide assessment.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Expiration:

The biopsychosocial model takes a more holistic perspective, emphasizing biological, sociocultural, and psychological factors that relate to the risk of these disorders. This course will present an overview of this model’s primary assumptions, how it differs from other perspectives on substance-related and addictive behaviors, and how it can inform your approach to treatment. The goal of this course is to provide social workers, psychologists, alcohol and drug counselors, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and nurses in health and human services with information on how the biopsychosocial model is used in treatment for substance-related and addictive disorders.

Explain how substance-related and addictive disorders develop according to the primary assumptions of the biopsychosocial model.

State how the biopsychosocial model differs from other perspectives on substance-related and addictive disorders, such as the biomedical/ disease model.

Describe how the biopsychosocial model impacts treatment approaches for substance-related and addictive disorders.

Instructor
Bryn Davis, LPC, MAC

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Reviewed: Expiration:

Due to increasing demands on healthcare providers—along with dwindling resources with which to provide care—telehealth services (enhancing healthcare through the use of telecommunications technologies) offer immense value to your organization and the people you serve. This course for licensed providers in behavioral health settings focuses on delivery systems and specific remote clinical services that begin with remote intake and referral processes. You will learn helpful approaches for establishing rapport during the comprehensive intake process, and gain information about screening assessments, interventions, and treatment referrals. Interactive exercises and practical examples will help you to incorporate these assessment strategies in your own setting.

Describe the essential components of the intake process when providing treatment services via telehealth.

Summarize the best practices, methodology, and frequency of completing risk assessments via telehealth.

Compare and contrast clinical assessment tools for telehealth services.

Apply knowledge of the existing software and hardware applications available for assessing clients remotely.

Staff Writer
Naju Madra, M.A.

Instructor
Steven R. Thorp, Ph.D., ABPP

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Anxiety disorders, the most common psychiatric illnesses, affect millions of American adults, filling their lives with overwhelming anxiety, fear, and uncertainty out of proportion to any actual danger. These symptoms often persist for significant periods of time, and if not treated, can grow progressively worse. Anxiety disorders frequently occur in conjunction with other psychiatric or physical illnesses, making symptoms even worse. This course provides an overview of signs and symptoms as well as the most effective psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatments available. New and improved therapies can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives. This course will help you recognize anxiety disorders in those you serve and implement the most appropriate form of treatment.

Identify the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders.

List three common psychopharmacological treatments for anxiety disorders.

Explain three of the psychotherapeutic interventions for anxiety disorders.

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

As a behavioral health professional, you know how challenging it can be to understand the complexities of diagnosing and treating personality disorders. Drawing upon guidelines from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) and current empirical literature, this course offers you a comprehensive look at the etiology, categories, and diagnostic criteria for personality disorders while considering differential diagnoses and co-occurring disorders. Lastly, this course offers information on best practices for the treatment of personality disorders.

Describe the essential characteristics of all 10 personality disorders according to the DSM-5.

Discuss reasons for an alternative model for diagnosing personality disorders.

Explain 2 factors related to the etiology of personality disorders.

Identify at least 3 disorders that commonly co-occur or overlap with personality disorders.

List up to 5 best practice approaches for treating specific personality disorders.

Instructor
Stephanie L. Furness, MSW, LCSW

1.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

The two most common trauma-related disorders are acute stress disorder (ASD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The goal of this educational program is to provide nurses, social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and psychologists in health and human services settings with information on the diagnostic criteria for acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder, steps in the diagnostic process, and psychological and pharmacological interventions to treat PTSD.

Recognize the diagnostic criteria for acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder and how to differentiate between them.

Identify at least 4 risk factors for and 4 protective factors against the development of PTSD.

Discuss the 3 steps of the diagnostic process.

Recall 9 recommended treatment approaches for PTSD.

Instructor
Stephanie L. Furness, MSW, LCSW

Staff Writer
Kimberly Cobb, M.S.

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) face many of the same issues at the end of life as people without such disabilities. They also face additional issues and challenges. As people with intellectual disability (ID) live longer, they outlive family caregivers more frequently. This often requires additional supports in advanced age, different service locations, and additional planning. The number of people in this situation is expected to rise as the “Baby Boomer” generation moves into this age category (Heller, Gibbons, & Fisher, 2015).

This course will introduce basic legal and ethical guidelines for decision making at the end of life. Advanced planning can provide clarity in complex, stressful situations when people are unable to communicate or provide consent. Your knowledge of an individual’s preferences and rights, as well as ethics, will help you support the person you are serving and their families. This course provides basic information about some common medical decisions that are included in an end-of-life care plan, as well as information about specialized healthcare options such as palliative care and hospice.

The goal of this course is to introduce nurses, psychologists, social workers, and qualified IDD professionals to critical issues at the end of life for people with IDD.

Provide a brief history of how dying has been treated in medical and at-home settings.

Describe a “good death” and the needs of individuals who are dying.

List 3 signs of approaching death.

Describe how you can support people with IDD as they experience grief and loss.

Describe how to make a plan for end-of-life care.

Define palliative care and hospice care.

Describe the scope of end-of-life planning documents.

Differentiate between competency and capacity.

Describe how to use supported decision making to help people with IDD express their end-of-life wishes.

Describe the roles medical ethics and ethics committees play in end-of-life decision making.

Staff Writer
Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP

Instructor
Margaret A. Nygren, EdD

1.25

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

This course will offer a blend of ethical and legal information, clinical vignettes, and strategies that can later be applied in therapeutic settings. The content of this course includes information about informed consent, confidentiality, privacy, boundaries, mandatory reporting, and rules for sharing information. The course assumes the learner has a basic understanding of telehealth technologies and formats. To learn more, you can search the Relias library for additional courses related to telehealth.

The goal of this course is to provide addictions professionals, behavioral health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, social workers, and nurses in health and human services settings with strategies and information for competent and ethical telehealth practice.

Name the key sources of information that inform ethical and legal telehealth service delivery.

Identify at least two competencies required for delivering telehealth services.

List specific steps for ensuring confidentiality, informed consent, appropriate boundaries, mandated reporting, and sharing of information within telehealth service delivery.

Describe common ethical missteps and legal problems that arise with telehealth service delivery and how providers can avoid these issues.

Instructor
Stephanie L. Furness-Kraft, LCSW, CCTP

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

One of the areas governed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is the use and disclosure of written and verbal communications that mental health and substance-use disorder providers (behavioral health providers) have with each individual client; with the individual's family members and friends; and with other professionals, health plans, and law enforcement officials; along with the documentation requirements associated with each type of communication. This course addresses some of the most common HIPAA-related legal and ethical challenges faced by behavioral health professionals, including those who work in hospitals, clinics, community mental health centers, addiction treatment centers, and private practices. This course will improve your understanding of HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and how they apply to your day-to-day professional responsibilities as a behavioral healthcare provider. You'll be better equipped to identify potential legal and ethical issues related to HIPAA, improve your compliance approach, and develop more effective risk management strategies (in consultation with appropriate legal counsel, as needed).

Describe the purpose of HIPAA and how it applies to behavioral healthcare providers.

Identify the changes you should make to your HIPAA policy and procedures to maintain compliance with the privacy and security rules.

Apply the privacy and security rules to your practice or work setting, including your professional communication and documentation practices.

Identify potential ethical or legal issues related to HIPAA in your work setting, and employ more effective risk management strategies to avoid violations.

Instructor
Linda Weaver, PhD, JD

Staff Writer
Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

This introductory course for behavioral health professionals provides an overview of evidence-based practices of Illness Management and Recovery (IMR). Included is a discussion of the core values of IMR and the approach's teaching principles, to better help your clients with severe mental illness manage and recover from their illnesses. Through the use of interactive exercises and detailed vignettes, you will gain the information and techniques you need to make IMR an effective part of your therapeutic toolbox.

Explain the core values, principles, and goals of IMR.

Describe how to use the key evidence-based components of IMR to support recovery with individuals with behavioral health disorders.

Identify adaptations of the IMR model, and how their core values, principles, and goals differ from IMR. 

Instructor

Stacy Smith, LPC-S, CS-I, LCAS, NCC

1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Be equipped with the tools and knowledge you need to effectively prevent and/or report serious incidents in behavioral health settings. Included in this course are interactive exercises, helpful vignettes, and informative guidelines.

Define the purpose of incident reporting.

Identify the basic types of incidents that need to be reported.

Report incidents appropriately and on time.

Describe the best practices for making reports.

Instructor
Jeremy King, LCSW, CASAC

1.00

Launch Course

Origination: Expiration:

In this course, you will become familiar with various models and configurations of integrated care. You will learn about the costs, benefits, and goals of integrated care systems. As there are numerous challenges to integrating care, you will become aware of some of these key challenges, and familiar with particular characteristics of well-functioning integrated care systems. Finally, you will learn a variety of ways that behavioral healthcare professionals, including you, can function effectively in an integrated care environment.

Define up to five levels of integrated care

List three benefits and goals of an integrated system of care

Name two characteristics of well-functioning systems

Describe three types of integrated care settings

Identify two effective interventions for behavioral health professionals in integrated care environments.

Name three core competencies required of an integrated care workforce

Instructor
Stephanie Furness, MSW, LCSW

2.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

This course is designed to help you distinguish between legal, ethical, and standard of care issues. It is designed to serve as a guide to help you understand the law and make ethical decisions in your work, as well as develop risk management and compliance strategies to help you avoid disciplinary actions and claims of malpractice. You will also learn about informed consent, confidentiality and privacy, professional boundaries, and use of technology, among other issues. Taking this course can help you prepare for and recognize legal and ethical concerns. However, you will also need to familiarize yourself with the specific laws, ethical codes, organizational policies, and standards of care that apply to your practice. Professional organizations and associations, state licensing boards, and attorneys familiar with behavioral health law can help you access information relevant to your work. Please note, the content in this course is designed to heighten clinicians’ general awareness of legal and ethical concerns. It is not offered as legal advice for any individual provider or specific situation.

Explain laws, ethics, and standards of care as they pertain to behavioral health.

Identify legal and ethical standards related to client consent, relationships, and privacy.

Describe actions that can be taken to make sound ethical decisions and effectively mitigate the risk of ethics violations or malpractice complaints.

Staff Writer
Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP

Instructor
Frederic G. Reamer PhD

1.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

The outlook for people with schizophrenia has improved over the last 25 years. Although there is no cure yet, it is important to remember that many people can manage the illness to lead independent, satisfying lives. The main goal of this course is to provide you with the information and current research you need to better understand how to collaborate in the treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Identify differences between typical and atypical antipsychotic medications

List common side effects of antipsychotic medications

Recognize antipsychotic medication-related side effects that should be immediately reported and/or addressed

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Expert Reviewer
John Cahill, MD, PhD

1.75

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Motivational interviewing (MI) is increasingly being viewed as the most important development in the counseling field in the last 30 years. This course for people in helping professions explains MI’s core principles and how to apply them through such skills and techniques as establishing rapport and commitment language and eliciting change talk. Through a blend of interactive exercises and instructive information—including recent empirical research supporting MI’s effectiveness—you will learn the crucial importance of matching interventions to individuals and stages of change in order to improve the likelihood of success.

Describe the foundational principles and spirit of motivational interviewing.

List how the four processes of motivational interviewing help clients consider their own reasons for change.

Employ basic motivational interviewing skills to help clients resolve ambivalence in favor of change.

Identify how motivational interviewing is used in different practice settings.

Instructor
Christopher de Beer, LCSW

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based, client-centered approach to engaging people in conversations about change. Shown to be effective in a variety of settings, MI is increasingly being adopted by therapists, substance-use-disorder counselors, and healthcare workers to help clients make important behavioral changes. This course is for practitioners who are already familiar with the core skills used in MI (along with its four processes), and who would like to improve their ability to use this approach more effectively with a broad range of clients or apply MI concepts to group therapy.

Engage clients who are angry, upset or disengaged from the therapeutic process.

Guide clients who are vague, guarded, or tangential towards a deeper discussion of their reasons, ability, and desire to change a particular behavior.

Consolidate commitment from clients who have successfully resolved their ambivalence about change.

Apply Motivational Interviewing principles to group therapy.

Instructor
Christopher de Beer LCSW

0.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Opioid use and abuse has become a significant problem within the United States. Each year, more and more people die because of an opioid overdose. It has become an epidemic and healthcare, government, and other organizations are taking steps to combat the problem. As a healthcare provider, you play a critical role in addressing the opioid epidemic. This course will provide an overview of the opioid use and abuse landscape as it exists in our country today. It is geared toward healthcare providers in behavioral health, ambulatory or pre-acute care, emergency department, and urgent care.

Define the process of opioid addiction as it begins with prescription opioids.

Identify legal and ethical concerns related to opioid abuse and addiction.

State patient outcomes that result from opioid use and abuse.

Recognize some federal and state laws and guidelines concerning opioid medications.

Identify some guidelines given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for prescribing opioid medications.

Instructor
Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN

Expert Reviewer
Jack M. Gorman, M.D.

1.00

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

On average, people who live with serious mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance-use disorders die 25 to 35 years prematurely. This is largely due to preventable diseases, health disparities, and even the contributing factor of the stigma associated with mental illness. Behavioral health case managers are experts in helping people manage their chronic mental health conditions. By applying those skills in addressing the whole-health needs of these individuals, case managers become care managers in an integrated-systems approach to behavioral health concerns. This course for health and human services professionals offers an overview of case-to-care management, a strategy for incorporating a patient-centered approach, and ways to effectively impact the health outcomes of the people you serve.

Describe barriers in the US healthcare system that perpetuate the fragmentation of care.

Identify three health disparities impacting health outcomes in the behavioral health population.

Summarize the similarities and differences between case management and care management.

Develop effective methods of managing a multidimensional approach for your clients total healthcare needs.

Expert Reviewer
Cheryl Holt, MA

Expert Reviewer
Melissa Lewis-Stoner, MSW, LCSW-C

Staff Writer
Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Behavioral health disorders frequently exist alongside chronic physical health disorders or comorbidities. Patients with chronic health disorders are costly to treat and sometimes over-utilize the healthcare system. This course discusses the importance of treating behavioral health disorders so that through best practices and supporting self-management, these patients can see an improvement in their health outcomes and wellbeing. Providers will also see improved patient satisfaction scores as they focus on regularly following up with their patients and doing what they can to keep them healthy.

Recognize how to educate patients on self-management for their physical and behavioral conditions.

Identify how physical and behavioral conditions can impact each other.

Define the importance of appropriate annual screening and regular follow-ups for behavioral health issues.

Cite how to create an action plan.

Define nutritional counseling for maximizing health.

Identify potential social determinants of health that could impact compliance to the plan of care.

Instructor
Christopher Reist, MD, MBA

Staff Writer
Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN

Expert Reviewer
Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.

1.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Strategies for successful engagement of clients, especially those who are either not ready or willing to change, are desperately needed. While there are significant systemic barriers to engagement including the proximity and accessibility of services and high costs of care (Kazdin, 2017), treatment providers also influence the extent to which clients engage in treatment. This course is intended for licensed clinicians and will provide information about the challenges of engagement, as well as specific strategies that providers can use to promote engagement in treatment for individuals with substance use and other behavioral health conditions.

Discuss typical challenges to engagement among individuals with substance use and other behavioral health disorders.

Define relationship factors and integrated medical and behavioral health treatment models and how each contributes to treatment engagement.

Identify counseling strategies that can improve treatment engagement among individuals with substance use and other behavioral health disorders.

Summarize unique issues and barriers related to engaging women with children, pregnant women, and older adults in substance abuse treatment.

Instructor
Brent Scobie, PhD, LCSW

1.50

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

Emergency department (ED) healthcare providers may serve patients who present with symptoms of a behavioral health disorder. In some situations, the ED provider administers psychiatric medications to the patient, while in others it is prudent to wait until the patient is admitted to an inpatient mental health facility or is seen as an outpatient. Often the reason for presentation in the ED is an adverse reaction to a psychiatric medication itself. This course discusses major categories of medications used in treating mental health disorders; precautions for special populations, such as older adults and pregnant and nursing patients; and the major adverse reactions produced by psychiatric medications that are often seen in an ED setting.

Describe the major categories of medications used to treat mental health disorders and their adverse side effects.

Discuss some of the most common medications in each major category, their indications, and as their usage in the treatment of mental health disorders.

Explain the special concerns related to the use of psychotherapeutic medications in treating adults and pregnant and nursing patients.

Diagnose and treat adverse reactions to psychotropic medications among patients who present to the emergency department.

Jack M. Gorman, MD

2.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

In this course, you will learn about the major categories of medications used in the treatment of mental illness, including antipsychotics, antianxiety medications, antidepressants, and mood stabilizers. You will also learn about the different medications’ indications for use and some of their most common side effects. You will find out about some of the precautions that apply to specific populations taking psychiatric medications, such as older adults and psychiatric medication use during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Summarize general principles of psychiatric medication use, such as how these medications work and what impacts their effects

Describe the uses and major side effects of antipsychotic, mood stabilizer, antidepressant, and antianxiety medications

Explain the special concerns related to use of psychiatric medications in older adults and during pregnancy and the postpartum period

Staff Writer
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

Instructor
Ujjwal Ramtekkar, MD, MPE, MBA

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

Recovery involves changing our attitudes and beliefs about serious mental illness and the long-term effects of these illnesses over the lifespan. The field continues to expand into areas of advancing the integration of mental health to physical health, connecting to multiple dimensions of wellness and alternative medicine, as well as incorporation of peer recovery specialists. This course will introduce you to guiding principles of recovery along with ways to incorporate recovery principles into your own practice. After completing this course, you will have a better understanding of the principles of recovery-based clinical practice, as well as an appreciation of the recovery journey for persons with serious mental illness. Importantly, you will have a more comprehensive understanding of how you can help support each person in your practice on that journey. 

Summarize the defining principles of the wellness and recovery movement in the treatment of persons with serious mental illness (SMI).

State three strategies you can use in your work with individuals with SMI to promote hope.

Describe three shifts you can make in your practice to ensure that you are working from a person-centered, empowering perspective.

Explain the impact of trauma on recovery and how you can increase your ability to provide trauma-informed care.

List three things you can do to help individuals overcome the stigma of a diagnosis of SMI. 

Instructor
Monique Kahn, Psy.D.

2.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Reviewed: Expiration:

In this course, you will learn the scope of medical and treatment errors within the overall healthcare system and specifically in behavioral health settings. You will explore the types of medical errors, including error-prone situations, and the use of root cause analysis to determine why and how an error occurred. You will explore some best practices that will help improve client safety and outcomes within your organization. Finally, you will learn your responsibilities regarding the reporting of medical errors. With this information, you will be empowered to create a safe environment in which clients can get the care they need.

Identify the scope of treatment and medical errors within the healthcare setting.

Define the various terms used to describe and categorize treatment or medical errors.

Describe analysis methods used to determine why and how treatment errors occur.

Identify strategies to reduce behavioral health treatment errors.

Identify your responsibility in reporting medical errors.

Staff Writer
Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP

Instructor
Angela Giles, DBH, LCSW

Staff Writer
Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.

1.25

Launch Course

ANCC Accreditation

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Depression and suicide are among the top public health concerns facing older adult populations. Older adults encounter changes physically, cognitively, and psychosocially that often contribute to the onset of depression. Further, older adult populations have among the highest incident rates of suicide than any other age group, which makes appropriate diagnosis and treatment of depression in this population even more critical. This course will provide an overview of some physical, cognitive, and psychosocial factors that could be contributing to depression in an older adult, as well as important information on recognizing risk factors and warning signs of depression in this population. Additionally, information related to evidence-based treatment strategies for older adult populations will be discussed along with the importance of monitoring treatment adherence.

Identify important facts that are known about older adults and behavioral health.

Discuss strategies for recognizing signs of depression in older adult populations.

Explain why older adults are more likely to die by suicide and common risk and warning signs for suicide in older adult populations.

Describe evidence-based treatment strategies for adults with depression and suicidal ideation and factors that could influence treatment adherence.

Staff Writer
Kimberly Cobb, MS

Instructor
Melissa Lewis-Stoner, MSW, LCSW-C

1.00

Launch Course

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The persons you serve in your service setting are entitled to specific rights under the law. This course will introduce you to these basic rights. Knowing how to promote and protect your clients' rights is key to their health, safety, and well-being. It will also help you and your organization succeed and provide quality, ethical, and legally sound care. The goal of this course is to provide paraprofessionals in behavioral health settings with information about client rights.

List the legal rights that individuals are entitled to when receiving behavioral health services.

Explain three ways you can support the rights of persons receiving behavioral health services.

Instructor
Jonathan Bennett

1.00

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Although a “crossing of the therapeutic boundary” may at times seem to strengthen the therapeutic relationship and enhance treatment effectiveness, it can also pose a serious risk. Learn about a clinician’s ethical role, the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations, and how to recognize potentially dangerous situations. This course is appropriate as a review for mental health clinicians, as well as an introduction for health professionals specializing in other areas—particularly nurses, social workers, addiction professionals, and certified counselors.

Define the meaning of a therapeutic boundary.

Describe the role of staff and the differences between a social relationship and a therapeutic relationship.

Identify and avoid the red flags of therapeutic-boundary violations.

Instructors
Kevin Fawcett, PhD
Wendy C. Krull, LCSW

1.50

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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This course will focus on the biological and psychosocial factors that are unique to adolescents and that impact their vulnerability to the negative effects of opioid use. You will increase your understanding of the scope of opioid use disorders among adolescents and young adults and improve your ability to effectively identify and treat problematic, nonmedical use of prescription and other opioids. 

The goal of this course is to provide addictions, behavioral health counseling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, psychology, and social work professionals in health and human services with information on the development, prevalence, and treatment of opioid use disorders in adolescent and young adult populations.

Define the scope of opioid use and opioid use disorders among individuals aged 13-25.

Discuss the unique characteristics of opioid use and barriers to treatment among adolescents and young adults.

List evidence-based practices for treating opioid use disorders in adolescents and young adults.

Identify comorbidities common to opioid use disorders, such as other types of substance use, co-occurring mental health disorders, or physical health ailments.

Instructor
Bryn Davis, LPC, MAC

1.25

Launch Course

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Origination: Expiration:

This course was created to give you the tools you need to accurately identify individuals with BPD and provide you information about the treatment options available. You will learn about how BPD develops, the theoretical perspectives and conflicting theories of BPD, the goals of treatment, and the challenges you might experience when working with this population. Finally, you will learn some of the most common issues that individuals with BPD experience while in treatment.

List the criteria needed to identify and diagnose an individual with borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Explain at least three theories of BPD

Describe four best evidence-based approaches to treating clients with BPD

Identify up to five possible challenges to the treatment of BPD

List at least three ways to manage treatment challenges.

Instructor
Stephanie Furness, MSW, LCSW