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“Russ utilizes real world examples in his training and tailors his presentations to meet the needs of his audience.”

— Brian, Missions Inc.

Recorded Webinars

Recorded captioned webinars are available here for free for the purpose of promoting community education and understanding about mental health disorders, as well as treatment options and recovery. These videos are for education only and are not a substitute for a doctor or clinician’s advice, treatment or diagnosis.

Participants can identify the symptoms of Anxiety Disorders like Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder with reference to DSM diagnostic criteria. The class uses case studies and examples to guide understanding of the disorders. Current thinking concerning etiology as well as future trends are examined. Participants are exposed to some ideas concerning treatment modalities as well as communication tips.

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Participants can distinguish between Bipolar I, Bipolar II, and Cyclothymic Disorder. In this class we cover the diagnostic criteria for Bipolar Disorders with examples and case studies. We examine current theories concerning etiology as well as current research and future trends. We examine what disorders commonly co-occur with bipolar disorders by doing some basic differential diagnosis. Participants are exposed to some ideas concerning treatment modalities as well as communication tips.

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Borderline Personality Disorder is a much misunderstood and heavily stigmatized disorder. This webinar explores the diagnostic criteria with examples, and aims to demystify behaviors by exploring the etiology of the condition. The presentation concludes with some practical self-care and communication tips for practitioners.

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This webinar describes, with examples, the most typical boundary issues in human services, and discusses some basic strategies to navigate them. A typology of boundary issues is presented within the context of a typical client profile. The importance of a structured, systematic decision-making procedure is examined with examples.

 

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Objective: Participants will be able to describe the rationale for CBT-oriented therapy with examples of strategies in order to support clients who are engaged with this type of therapy. A CBT-oriented therapist works collaboratively with clients to help them identify thoughts, evaluate their impact and examine the evidence for them. As such, this type of therapy helps to break down unhelpful belief systems. CBT is also concerned with teaching clients practical skills to help them navigate difficult situations in order that they feel more able to participate in the community. This webinar is designed to show participants the key components of the approach with examples and analysis.

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Objective: Participants will be able to define a co-occurring disorder and name treatment options and dilemmas in treatment planning. In this webinar we define co-occurring disorders and investigate some theories of causality. The challenges in diagnosis are examined in relation to the process of treatment planning, as well as the Recovery and Stages of Change models. We take a look at the diagnostic interview and the critical role of the therapeutic alliance and guiding style of engagement.

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Objective: Participants can name and describe three types of resources available in the community, including national, state and local. Participants are introduced to the concept of a resource as different from treatment or programming in general along with their rationale.

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Objective: Participants will be able to define compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, identify the risk factors for the condition, and name strategies for alleviating it. This webinar includes definitions of compassion fatigue and analyzes the physiological and psychological effects of countertransference and stress. Participants are presented with examples of the components of wellness planning.

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Participants can differentiate Major Depressive Disorder from Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia) and other Depressive Disorders with reference to DSM 5 diagnostic criteria and case studies. We examine current theories concerning etiology as well as current research and future trends. We examine what disorders commonly co-occur with Depressive Disorders by doing some basic differential diagnosis. Participants are exposed to some ideas concerning treatment modalities as well as communication and treatment planning tips.

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This webinar covers all the main updates of diagnostic categories from DSM IV-TR to the new DSM 5.

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Objective: Participants can name the main evidence-based practices for treatment of mental illness and describe their rationale. The presentation includes a concise description of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Family Psychoeducation, Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT), Medication Management, Supported Employment, Trauma-Informed Care.

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The experience of hearing voices is complex, multi-sensory, and emotionally draining. By sharing the direct experiences of voice hearers, this webinar describes some of these experiences with examples to help the helper understand their seemingly dysfunctional behaviors. The presentation also discusses the emergence of a new paradigm for how to help voice hearers.

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This webinar explores the complex interrelationship between common medical disorders like diabetes and heart disease and mental health disorders like depression and schizophrenia.

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Participants can assist clients to identify relevant healthcare strategies (along with their nurse/doctor) through a solid understanding of the interrelationships between medical and mental health issues. The class looks at co-morbid health issues such as: blood sugar/diabetes; diet/disordered eating, and obesity; blood pressure and hypertension; sleep dysregulation/Apnea and caffeine; smoking and respiratory health. Classroom discussion will include the relationships between mental illness and associated physical health conditions, in addition to the disparity in mortality rates amongst SPMI versus non-SPMI populations.

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Objective: Participants have some verbal and nonverbal strategies for dealing with a crisis. The presentation covers why people get upset and the neurobiology of the stress response. Some specific techniques for calming the situation are presented with examples.

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Objective: Participants can describe the main mental health diagnoses along with their symptoms. The presentation covers depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders (including schizophrenia), and personality disorders.

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Objective: Participants can describe the key elements of a guiding style of communication with specific examples of reflective listening and curious open questions. Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. This clinical method has a growing evidence base and has be shown effective in CD treatment, MI treatment and more recently in healthcare generally. It is especially useful as a communication style when helping someone who’s struggling with making a decision about how to proceed. This webinar is designed to walk participants through the spirit and principles of the approach with a variety of clinical and non-clinical examples and analysis. The session will end with tips on strengthening the therapeutic alliance and things to try.

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Objective: Participants can distinguish recovery principles from medical ones and name strategies that empower a mental health client to take control of their own recovery process. The presentation uses case studies to examine how recovery is an individualized journey of healing based on the person’s strengths.

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Participants can identify the symptoms of Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders with reference to DSM 5 diagnostic criteria. The class uses clinical examples to guide understanding. Current theories concerning etiology as well as current research and future trends are examined. We contrast Schizophrenia with Schizoaffective Disorder and look closely at the role of medications. Participants are exposed to some ideas concerning treatment modalities as well as communication tips.

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Objective: Participants can identify with examples the five key stages of change and name engagement strategies congruent with each stage. The Stages of Change model predicts more accurately than almost anything else the degree to which interventions will be successful. This webinar is designed to ground participants in the fundamental concepts of the Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model developed by Norcross, DiClemente and Prochaska, and outline the relevant practitioner interventions at each stage.

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Objective: Participants can name the most important risk factors for suicide and are familiar with the People Incorporated Risk Assessment Tool. This webinar is designed to develop and deepen your understanding of the major risk factors for suicide, including mental illness, psychological and sociological stressors. This 90 minute session presents the 6 month, 6 week, and 6 day warning signs, a basic risk assessment protocol, notes on self-mutilation and suicidal ideation, as well as the People Incorporated risk assessment questionnaire tool.

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