An Overview of Mental Illness for Public Safety Professionals


This course is designed for all public safety professionals who work in law enforcement, adult corrections, jails, and community supervision agencies. In this course, you will learn what mental illness is, its causes, and some of the myths that prevail about it today. You will also learn general information about, and symptoms of, common mental disorders that you may notice among justice-involved individuals so that you can make appropriate and timely referrals for assessment, intervention, and treatment. Interactive exercises will provide you with opportunities to assess and practice what you have learned.


Hours: 1.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (5 Match)

American Jail Association Certification

1.75 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.75 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training

1.75 HOURS

This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 1.75 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training


Relias Learning is a continuing education sponsor as approved by the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. This course An Overview of Mental Illness for Public Safety Professionals, 10397-0092 has been approved by the POST Board for continuing education credit. Peace officers who successfully complete this course will receive 1.00 hours of continuing education.

The sponsor of this course has a written policy for the investigation and resolution of allegations of classroom discrimination. This policy applies to all faculty, instructors, administrative staff, and students. A copy of the policy may be obtained from the sponsor by contacting Relias Support by phone at 1-800-381-2321.

Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission

1.75 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.75 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-OMIPSP
Hours: 1.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Define the term "mental illness."
Identify two factors that contribute to the cause of mental illness.
Define five common types of mental disorders.
Differentiate between the symptoms and behaviors of the most common types of mental disorders.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Understanding Mental Illness A. Setting the Scene B. Mental Illness in America C. Mental Illness in the Justice System D. What Is Mental Illness? E. How is a Mental Disorder Diagnosed? F. What Causes Mental Illness? G. Symptoms of Mental Illness Can Vary H. Stigma of Mental Illness I. Myths and Facts About Mental Illness J. Is Recovery Possible? K. Treatment L. Review M. Summary Section 3: Common Types and Symptoms of Mental Disorders A. Common Mental Disorders B. Anxiety Disorders C. Bipolar and Related Disorders D. Depressive Disorders E. Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders F. Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders G. Personality Disorders H. Review I. Summary Section 4: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. References D. Congratulations

Instructor: Malinda Lamb
Malinda Lamb received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 2005, with the emphasis in mental health. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), a Certified Criminal Justice Professional (CCJP), an International Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IAADC) and a Sex Offender Treatment Professional (SOTPI). She has worked in a variety of settings in the Midwest including a forensic psychiatric hospital, county jail and community based corrections judicial district. She has provided direct clinical care and treatment to individuals with mental health, substance use and/or sexually based offenses, however she is now in more of an administrative/oversight capacity.  Disclosure: Malinda Lamb has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Correctional Officers; entry level Law Enforcement; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Law Enforcement.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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