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National Alliance for Mentally Ill Provider: Education Course-10 day course

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March 16, 2010
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At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
Class 1: Introduction to the family education course for professional providers
? Identify 2 guiding principles underlying the NAMI Provider Course: (a) Medical Family Therapy/Family Consultation and (b) Bio-psycho-social model of Treatment.
? Discuss the Collaborative Model of Care.
Class 2: Principles of secondary prevention/ intervention in community psychiatry and stage models of family/consumer emotional adaptation to mental illness.
? Describe clinical interventions/strategies to assist family/consumer emotional response to mental illness.
? Compare and contrast the impact of mental illness on the family/consumer .
? Discuss perceptions of a thought disorder from a personal experience via a simulated activity.
Class 3: Diagnostic symptoms of 3 major mental illnesses and family experience
? Review neurobiology of brain disorders.
? Describe the trauma of psychosis from the family/consumer perspective.
? Identify family/consumer needs in critical periods of mental illness.
Class 4: Types and subtypes of mood disorders/diagnosis of panic disorder and OCD/Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders
? Describe the biological (neurobiology) basis and DSM IV-R diagnostic criteria of the types and subtypes of mood disorders, panic disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorder, dual diagnosis addictive disorders.
? Discuss effective clinical interventions for families in stage 1: Crisis.
Class 5: Research into the biological bases of mental illness
? Identify brain anatomy and physiology and role of neurotransmitters related to mental illness.
? Discuss evidenced based brain research related to mental illness.
? Describe the "biology of recovery" in mental illness and process of recuperation.
Class 6: Medication Review
? Recognize psychotropic medications, indications, side effects for different psychiatric disorders.
? Describe consumer/patient stage of adherence response to medication compliance.
? Identify early signs of relapse.
Class 7: Inside mental illness
? Describe "defensive coping strategies" in consumers with a brain disorder.
? Compare and contrast empathetic statements versus discriminatory statements.
? Demonstrate empathetic listening skills in a treatment team approach .
Class 8: Responding to families in Stage 2
? Recognize the family's experience of the secondary trauma in Stage 2.
? Identify strategies to include families without violating consumer/patient rights of confidentiality.
? Demonstrate the "Collaborative Model of Care".
Class 9: Meeting the whole family/ problem solving
? Discuss the effects of mental illness on the whole family from each member's perspective.
? Identify strategies providers use to assist each family member move through the stages of emotional response.
Class 10: Why advocacy? Helping families in Stage 3
? Describe providers role in advocacy for persons with serious brain disorders.
? Identify families/consumers experience in emotional recovery in Stage 3.
Licensed Nurses and Mental Healthcare Professionals, Clergy, Vocational Rehab, anyone who works with the mentally ill and their families.

2.5 CEUs, 25 clock hours? AHEC non- social work, counselors and therapists
Upstate AHEC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the South Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center?s Commission on Accreditation.
Upon successful completion of this program, attendees will receive 25 contact hours..

No fee for non-members; No fee for AHEC members

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Register online at or by calling (864) 349-1177

Marshall I. Pickens Hospital-Greenville; Auditorium
701 Grove Road
Greenville, South Carolina 29605
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Elizabeth Neely