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Completing the Mental Status Exam: Practical, Hands-On Lessons from the Field


Format(s):   Home-study
Discipline(s):   Counseling / Social Work / Psychology
Contact Hours:   
Registration Fee:   $179

1. Utilize multiple sources of information in considering differential diagnoses.
2. Assess psychotic symptoms and determine if they indicate psychiatric, substance abuse or medical illness.
3. Administer evaluative tools appropriately and understand their utility.
4. Determine which questions to ask, observations to make and elements to assess according to American Psychiatric Association guidelines.
5. Evaluate risk for suicide and violence quickly and effectively.
6. Discuss the professional, ethical and legal guidelines to be followed when conducting the MSE and recommending treatment.

Target Audience
• Psychologists • Psychiatrists • Emergency Medicine MDs, PAs, NPs, and Nurses • Intake Coordinators • Nurses • Mobile Crisis Teams • Social Workers • Counselors • Marriage and Family Therapists • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners • Case Managers • Emergency Medical Technicians • School Counselors • Corrections Officers • Law Enforcement • Pastoral Counselors/Clergy • Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

Confirmation Notes
Receive unlimited access from the time of purchase through completion and submission of the online exam. Once the exam is taken the seminar will be available for 30 days before course access expires.
CE Information: Click on the "purchase" button for CEU details.

Perform and Document the MSE Correctly to Improve Treatment and Liability Protection
Completing the mental status exam is the most important task assumed by any behavioral health clinician. Accurate evaluation can be difficult because psychiatric symptoms often mask life-threatening substance withdrawal and/or serious medical conditions including brain tumors, delirium, head injury, diabetes, thyroid disease, etc. However, many graduate programs do not teach clinicians enough about recognizing and differentiating such symptoms. An accurate and efficient MSE is essential to discerning the patient's true condition, developing an effective treatment plan, and, in extreme cases, saving his or her life.
This practical seminar will help attendees improve their ability to perform the MSE by teaching them critical information generally not covered in graduate school as well as the American Psychiatric Association (APA) guidelines on the necessary elements for a full examination. Instruction on proper evaluation and keys to differential diagnosis will be a central theme of the course. Included will be information on the assessment of various psychotic symptoms and how to understand their etiology, the use of drug and alcohol screens, clients' medication lists, and more. Attendees will also discover ways of quickly assessing clients at risk for suicide, homicide, and medical compromise. Additional discussion will focus on the role of various information sources for accurate assessment of patients in each age group, including lab values, family members, and medical records. Ultimately, this essential course will teach participants to perform and document the MSE correctly and efficiently to improve both clinical care and liability protection.

Dates and Locations
Purchase Address:   Home-study
Dates:   01-01-2020 - 01-01-2020, 12:00AM 12:00AM