Behavioral Health Module #1 - Overview of Mental Illness
Original Date: Wednesday, November 29. 2017
Presented by: John Brose, Ph.D., LP, LMFT, LADC and Director, Associated Clinic of Psychology, Minneapolis
Staff in care center, assisted living and adult day programs
• Housing Managers
• LTC Directors of Nursing
• Assisted Living Home Care Nurse Managers
• Adult Day Program Directors
• Social Workers
• Therapeutic Recreation/Activity Professionals
• Other interested staff
• Become familiar with the continuum of mental illness most frequently present in older adults in care centers, assisted living and adult day programs. This includes adjustment reactions, mood disorders, thought disorders, personality disorders and chemical health.
• Learn how these most frequent forms of mental illness tend to present themselves in the behaviors of older adults so you have a clearer understanding of what’s behind them.
• Describe some essential strategies you can use right away to care for persons with a mental illness and to address challenging behaviors when they arise.
• Identify critical information you need to gather from referral sources that will provide clues to or a diagnosis of a mental illness, so you know who’s coming to live in or be served in your setting.
• Recognize that an effective behavioral health program requires a significant change in philosophy of care and what your organization can do to adopt these new approaches.