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The following are webinar courses available for National Safe Place Network (NSPN) members with the Training Center package.

Alcohol and the Family

Alcohol use can have a destructive effect on individuals, as well as their families and loved ones. The main goal of this course is to give you in-depth knowledge about research concerning the impact of alcohol use disorders on families, as well as the family’s impact on the development and persistence of alcohol use. You will learn the fundamentals of the family systems approach that are essential for you to understand the complicated dynamics of families struggling to deal with the impact of alcohol use disorders. You also will learn about factors that influence recovery, as well as the effectiveness of specific intervention models that are used for substance abuse. Furthermore, you will be able to identify specific risk factors that are related to developing an alcohol use disorder. Vignettes and interactive exercises give you the opportunity to apply these concepts so that you can expand your effectiveness with the families you encounter in your work. This course is intended for entry and intermediate level healthcare professionals.

Basic Introduction to HIV/AIDS

This course provides an updated overview about the HIV virus and AIDS. It includes sections on who is at risk, the latest statistics about populations infected with HIV and AIDS, how the HIV virus is transmitted, symptoms of HIV and AIDS, treatment regimens, and prevention strategies. The course also looks toward the future, summarizing best strategies to control an HIV epidemic and increased incidence of AIDS.

Based on this course, you will be aware of the differences between HIV and AIDS, how it is transmitted and diagnosed, how to prevent it, and what to do if you believe you have become infected. The material in this course is designed for all staff and level of learners. A combination of informative statistics and facts, along with interactive exercises and quizzes, will help you integrate the concepts you learn about HIV and AIDS.

Bipolar and Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents

In this course, you will learn how to identify signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents, as well as how to distinguish between bipolar manifestations in children and those in adolescents and adults. Additionally, you will learn about the differential diagnosis of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, as it is distinguished from bipolar disorder in children. By going through the course material, including its interactive exercises and detailed case vignettes, you will be better prepared to assess and treat children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. This course is designed for mental health and medical professionals who work with children and families coping with bipolar disorder.

Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

The course covers a variety of medications, including antipsychotics, stimulants, mood stabilizers, and others. You will learn about the unique issues surrounding psychopharmacology for pediatric populations, including common uses, side effects, and timelines for medication response. Through interactive games, quizzes, and vignettes, this course will help you to take the learning back to your real-world work environment. This course is appropriate for non-MD mental health professionals, including marriage/family therapists, and licensed clinical social workers.

Confidentiality and HIPAA

Consumers entrust professionals with very personal information and the government has enacted stringent laws to protect the information consumers reveal. The consequences of revealing personal consumer information, even inadvertently, can be severe. This course is designed to provide basic information regarding the principles of confidentiality along with specific information related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) governing privacy and security and includes updated information about the HIPAA mega rule that went into effect in March 2013. In this training, you will learn what confidentiality is and what HIPAA requires of mental health professionals like you. This course will specifically define what personal health information is, the ways in which this information must be protected, and best practices for maintaining client confidentiality. A variety of practice questions throughout the course will give you an opportunity to think critically about the topics covered and apply what you have learned. This course is designed for mental health professionals at all levels.

Cultural Diversity

This introductory course on cultural diversity will provides an overview of cultural diversity and discusses various dimensions and issues of diversity. This course is not exhaustive; however, it will provide you with the fundamental tools that will enable you to interact with others of diverse cultures and effectively perform your job responsibilities.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are serious medical illnesses that affect millions of American adults. These disorders fill people's lives with overwhelming anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by stressful events like business presentations or first dates, individuals with anxiety disorders experience symptoms that are out of proportion to any actual danger, and/or persist for significant periods of time. Anxiety disorders can grow progressively worse if not treated. Further, anxiety disorders frequently occur in conjunction with other mental or physical illnesses, which can make anxiety symptoms worse.

This course is appropriate for both new and seasoned clinicians. Based on content from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5™), this course provides you an in-depth overview of the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders, as well as the most effective psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatments available. The compelling research discussed in this training will show you how new, improved therapies can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives. The blend of instructive information and practical scenarios will help you to apply these key concepts in your own setting. After completing this course, you will be able to recognize anxiety disorders in those you serve, as well as implement the most appropriate form of treatment.

Does Your Organization Measure Up: Are You Really Trauma-informed?

Organizations interested in trauma informed care often have the will but not the way. This workshop provides organizations with an easy to use and practical tool to initiate the improvement process, the National Council’s Trauma Informed Care Organizational Self -Assessment©. This instrument is designed for organizations interested in improving their policies, procedures, practices and social and physical environment to reflect the core principles and values of a trauma-informed care organization. The organizational self-assessment tool is a performance improvement resource designed to increase an organization’s awareness and readiness to adopt the key components of a trauma-informed care organization and to engage in a self-reflective process that assists them in identifying what they need to: 1) keep doing and reinforcing, 2) stop doing and, 3) start doing.

DSM-5 Overview

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has been one of the most anticipated events in the mental health field. Although many elements from the DSM-IV-TR have remained intact, others have been modified, taking into account decades of scientific and clinical findings.

Designed for entry- to advanced-level mental healthcare staff and professionals, the goal of this course is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the changes to the DSM-5. You will learn about the changes to a non-axial system, new dimensional assessments, new terminology used throughout the DSM-5, cultural considerations, as well as some of the major criticisms of the new guide. This course also provides you with important information on the specific diagnostic changes from the DSM-IV-TR to the DSM-5.

With the aid of interactive exercises, you will have the tools you need to effectively use the DSM-5 to assist you in diagnosing psychological disorders, as well as treatment planning.

Effective Communication in the Workplace

This course gives an overview of verbal and nonverbal communication at work. You will learn about how communication works, how it can break down, and how you can improve the likelihood that you can be more effective in your interactions at work. A key aspect of this course is the use of interactive exercises that involve learning more about active listening and explaining yourself effectively at work.

Effective Teams

Being a member of an effective team enhances your experience on the job as well as the care you provide to consumers. This course begins by explaining the definition of a team and the different types of teams that you find in a health care setting. You will also learn about the different roles and responsibilities effective team members can have. Finally, you will learn about the challenges and benefits to building effective teams.

 This training contains a variety of interactive exercises and reviews that will enable you to use the information you learn in your own work. By taking this training, you will have a clear understanding of how to work with others in order to successfully contribute

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency and crisis situations come in all shapes and sizes. They can devastate agencies and facilities, as well as entire communities. Some emergencies come with advance warning, while others occur with no warning at all. The main goal of this course is to illustrate the importance and value of a planned and proper response to an emergency situation and to provide instruction in how to recognize and plan for such an event. This training is an opportunity to learn about responses that will work for many different types of emergencies, as well as some of the specifics for severe weather emergencies like heavy rains, snow storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Other situations also covered include earthquakes, power outages, landslides, forest fires, tsunamis, and infectious disease outbreaks. With the guidance of interactive exercises and detailed examples, this course teaches you how to keep yourself and your clients safe.

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters

Disasters and traumatic events can happen to anyone at any time. Despite our best efforts to protect children and adolescents from experiencing disasters or trauma, it is impossible to shelter them from every potentially traumatic event. Children exposed to traumatic events and disasters are particularly vulnerable to complicated physical and emotional responses, in part due to their limited life experiences. Adults working with children facing these situations must understand how children react to trauma and how to differentiate adaptive coping responses from those requiring more intervention. In this course, you will learn how trauma impacts children and adolescents, as well as the risk factors that place children at greater risk for a maladaptive response to the event. You will learn to recognize typical responses by age and when to seek professional help. This course provides you with clear information about how to apply best practices outlined by the National Institutes of Mental Health and the American Red Cross when working with children exposed to violence and disasters.

Management Fundamentals for the Emerging Leader

In this Management Fundamentals course, you will examine current best practices for the emerging leader that give you step-by-step direction on how to connect and communicate with your team. In working with your direct reports, you will learn to empower them by providing clear direction and feedback. Tips and techniques for managing your time and energy will be provided, which will help you eliminate time wasters and stay focused. 

 You will learn to establish strong working relationships with your manager and those who report to you. We will guide you to ask the right clarifying questions and seek feedback from your manager. These fundamental skills of management are critical to build early on. In doing so, you will understand practical applications to set and manage expectations at all levels.

We will use a blend of experiential exercises, instructive information, and self-study to provide tips, tools and techniques you need to succeed. This Management Fundamentals course is for employees who are new to the role of being a supervisor, and for managers wanting to refresh or build on their current skill set.

Methamphetamine: New Knowledge, New Treatments

Hazelden’s Clinical Innovators Series presents signature topics by industry leaders who define today’s (and tomorrow’s) standards of substance abuse treatment. In this course, Dr. Richard Rawson explains why methamphetamine is a highly addictive and dangerous drug, how its use is reaching epidemic levels across the United States, and what treatment strategies work effectively.

The ABC`s of Bullying

School bullying is no longer regarded as something that just happens on the playground. It is a serious problem that can lead to more severe long-term complications for both individuals and communities. In this course you will learn to identify bullying, and explore its causes and effects. You will gain an understanding of typical roles that bullies, victims, and bystanders play, along with methods for intervening with each of these players. You will have a chance to practice specific bullying prevention techniques that have been shown to be effective with various populations and environments. You also will learn about the legalities involved in bullying and the steps that many states have taken to support anti-bullying efforts. This course is designed for entry- and intermediate-level healthcare professionals. Vignettes and interactive exercises give you the opportunity to apply this information to situations that you may experience in your school or other youth environment.

Working with Children in Families Affected by Substance Use

This course is designed to help you assist families experiencing Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) and the child maltreatment that often results.

You will learn how to address each problem by gaining an understanding of SUDs, including their dynamics, characteristics, and effects. You will also learn how Child Protective Services workers recognize and screen for SUDs in child maltreatment cases. Finally, you will find out how to establish plans for families experiencing these problems, including how to support treatment and recovery, as appropriate.

In this course, you will have opportunities to apply what you have learned through a series of interactive exercises, games, and vignettes that mirror your actual setting issues you may encounter.

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