The Youth Addictions and Mental Health training course will assist in further understanding of adolescent development and mental health, school violence, depression, family dynamics, self-esteem, and access to care and how these issues may influence the youth’s performance in school and in life. Special emphasis will be placed on raising awareness of signs that students may be in need of support or even a mental health intervention. In this course, fundamentals of mental health first aid will also be discussed.
The Mental Health, Culture and Modern Society training course will seek to explore culture and mental health. The course will assist in identifying one’s own bias and examine how those biases may impact interaction with those who have mental health issues. During the course students will explore ways to integrate their theoretical knowledge of bias and cultural difference into clinical practice. During this course, students will also come to understand the present day health issues of aboriginal peoples from the perspective of their historical and political context and the effects of health care policy.
Concurrent disorders is a term used to refer to co-occurring addiction and mental health problems. It covers a wide array of combinations of problems. This course will assist in understanding how co-occurring substance use and mental health problems relate to and affect each other. The Concurrent, Personality and Impulse Control Disorders training course will also explore the impacts of personality disorders and impulse control disorders by providing a deep understanding of the latest research and how these disorders can be classified and managed.
Mood Disorders involve disabling disturbances in emotion. From the sadness of depression to the elation of mania. Mood disorders are often associated with other psychological problems, such as panic attacks, substance abuse, and personality disorders. The purpose of the Mood Disorders and Depression training course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of the state of research and controversies in the area of depression by examining primary empirical and review articles from leading researchers in psychology and psychiatry. The course will focus on cognitive, social, and biological theories of etiology and treatment.
The Psychotic and Dissociative Disorders training course is designed to introduce students to the current standard used in diagnosing mental disorders, DSM-IV-TR. Students will learn the components of the mental status examination and clinical inquiry necessary to collect sufficient data to utilize the DSMIV-TR effectively. Mindful of the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of each person, students will be challenged to approach the evaluation of individuals with mental and emotional disorders in a holistic fashion. The course will address differential diagnosis and associated disorders of the primary diagnoses in the multi-axial system with a focus on psychosis and disassociation. We will examine thought disorders, i.e. schizophrenia and the dissociative disorders i.e. Dissociative Identity disorder, formerly called multiple personality Disorder. Dissociative Fugue and Amnesia will also be explored.