Overview of Serious Mental Illness for Paraprofessionals

Overview of Serious Mental Illness for Paraprofessionals 

Individuals who are recovering from serious mental illness (SMI) are engaged in services across the continuum. As a mental health service provider within that continuum, you are an important member of the team that helps them with their recovery. Your ability to work effectively with this unique population can be enhanced and strengthened by an understanding of key information about SMI. The main goal of this course is to help you gain the knowledge you need to be an effective member of the treatment team. This course will provide you with essential information about serious mental illnesses, including symptoms, medications, treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery. This course is designed for you if you are new to the field of mental health, if you have limited mental health experience, or if you want to gain a better understanding of SMI. You will be engaged in a blend of didactic information, interactive exercises, and vignettes to help you understand and work more effectively with this population.


Hours: 2.25


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-OSMIPP-V2
Hours: 2.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Discuss the goals and values of person-centered services and the specific roles of the members of the multidisciplinary treatment team.
Define and give examples of the four primary groups of symptoms that are commonly experienced by people who have schizophrenia.
List symptoms commonly experienced by individuals with bipolar disorder.
Describe the medications and psychosocial interventions used to treat different kinds of serious mental illness.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Team Approach to Recovery A. Meet Sam B. Overview and Definition C. Guiding Principles D. Strengths-Based Treatment and Rehabilitation E. Team of Service Providers F. Goals and Values G. Responsibilities of the Team H. Team Performance I. Crisis Prevention J. Medication and Medical Services K. Education and Therapy L. Remember Sam? M. Section Summary Section 3: An Introduction to Schizophrenia A. Schizophrenia Is a Long-Term Illness B. Positive Symptoms C. Hallucinations D. Delusions E. Thought Disorder F. Unusual Behavior G. Negative Symptoms H. Cognitive Symptoms I. Making a Diagnosis J. Children K. People with Schizophrenia Are Unlikely to be Violent L. Substance Use M. Nicotine N. Suicide O. Practice P. Medications Q. Antipsychotic medications R. Second Generation Antipsychotic Medications S. Medication Adherence T. Psychosocial Treatments U. Illness Management Skills V. Rehabilitation W. Family Education X. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Y. Self-Help Groups Z. Peer Support Specialists AA. What’s Happening to Owen? BB. Section Summary Section 4: Introduction to Bipolar Disorder A. Understanding Bipolar Disorder B. Good News C. Prevalence and Onset of Bipolar Disorder D. Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder E. Depressive Symptoms F. Manic Symptoms G. Hypomanic Symptoms H. With Mixed Features I. Medications: The Foundation of Recovery J. Lithium K. Anticonvulsant Mood Stabilizers L. What Are Anticonvulsant Mood Stabilizers? M. Psychoeducation N. Let’s Review O. Section P. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam

Instructor: Steve Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dr. Jenkins is a Counseling Psychologist, and a professor of psychology at Wagner College in New York. He teaches a variety of courses, including Health Psychology, Psychological Testing, Psychopathology, Sleep and Dreams, Principles of Counseling Psychology, and Positive Psychology. He also has extensive clinical experience, and has worked in prisons, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and college counseling centers providing individual and group psychotherapy, as well as psychoeducational workshops. He is an associate fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and completed a year-long post-doctoral training at the institute. Dr. Jenkins scholarly works have been published in top psychological journals and edited books, and presented at national conferences. Disclosure: Steve Jenkins, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Monique Kahn, Psy.D.
Monique Kahn, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Spokane Mental Health in Washington, which included specialty rotations in behavioral medicine and time-limited psychotherapies. She is licensed as a psychologist in Maine, where she was in private practice for 14 years, providing services to adult clients with varied presenting issues, but with particular emphasis on the treatment of anxiety disorders, the relationship between psychosocial stress and illness, insomnia, and coping with chronic illness. She has taught in the undergraduate psychology program at Husson University in Maine. In addition, she has worked as a content writer and psychology subject matter expert for several major educational publishing firms. She joined Relias as a clinical content writer and subject matter expert in 2016. Disclosure: Monique Kahn, Psy.D. 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 Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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