150 students in 28 countries!!! This is a comprehensive introduction to the area of mental health, suitable for anyone with an interest in the area of mental health and illness. It is especially suitable for staff who work with people experiencing mental ill health, or for people with friends or family members who experience mental ill health. Comprised of PowerPoint focused presentations, face to face presentations, audio files, handouts and recommended articles for further information. The course does not require that the student have any previous knowledge or experience in the area of mental health, just an interest or a need to know.
An Introduction to the concept of mental health and illness. What is mental health? How is it diagnosed?
Introduction continued. The difference between neurosis and psychosis. The stereotypes about psychosis. We also look at the way that all of us have "mental health needs" and that our moods (quite normally) fluctuate throughout the day/week/month/year. This part also includes a number of exercises for us to complete.
In this presentation we look at schizophrenia, signs, symptoms and public concerns around safety. We also look at stereotypes about people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. We look at delusions, hallucinations and positive v negative symptoms. We explore the seeing things and hearing voices that are not there.
In this presentation we discuss the very rare condition of childhood onset schizophrenia, signs and symptoms. We move on to look at Bipolar Disorder, its causes and symptoms (Bipolar Disorder used to be referred to as Manic Depression)
This presentation focuses on personality Disorder, what is it? how is it diagnosed? How is it treated?...we also look briefly at the history behind Personality Disorder ansd the changing ways that mental health services are understanding PD.
Here we look at the contentious topic of self harm, where a person (often depressed or anxious) intentionally harms themselves in some way. We look at possible reasons behind the behaviour and what we as professionals can do to help the client who self-harms.
In this presentation we look at some of the ways that mental ill health has been treated historically v the way we understand and treat mental health issues today. We look at a number of treatment modalities.
In this presentation, we explore the concept of recovery in relation to mental illness as opposed to the age old concept of "treatment and Cure". Recovery is fast becoming the conventional way of working with clients who experience mental ill health.
Here we look at the link between mental ill health and homelessness. We explore the links between the 2...are mentally ill people more likely to become homeless? and if so, why?...we also look at how homelessness can impact on an individual's mental health and well-being.
This is an interesting exercise for the individual or group of colleagues. You are asked to explore some thought provoking images of homeless people and to discuss and share your thoughts, feelings and reflections.
This is where you are asked to discuss and share your thoughts, feelings and reflections about the images you saw.
An exercise where we explore some of the challenges of working with clients who may present with challenging needs on account of their mental ill health. What needs do you have?...how can you ensure your needs are met? We move on to cover the "top tips" for managing your own needs as a professional member of staff.
One of the most popular, evidence based interventions for mental health issues is CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy). In this part of the course I discuss CBT in depth and take you through the A_B_C method in CBT, helping to show you how you can use this method for your own needs.
In the video presentation here, we begin to look at working with people who experience depression. In the supplementary audio presentations we cover the symptoms of depression, how we can help a depressed client, some of the warning signs of suicide, dealing with a completed suicide of a client, taking care of our own (very important) needs. We finish off with the very important conclusion and thank you for taking the course...as always encouraging you to send me your questions and feedback...which I very much value! Thankyou!
I am a Psychologist, CBT Therapist and Author of several self help books. I also carry out Medico Legal Psychological Assessments for Law firms. I provide Cognitive Behavior Therapy for clients based all over the world with the aid of webcam and telephone. I also deliver training on all aspects of mental health in the UK, Europe and USA on request.
I find my work as an Expert Witness fascinating and I do hope that I present some of that fascination to the student during the course.