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Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course on Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: Learn about different codes of ethics (APA, ACA, AAMFT); Learn about the principles supporting and informing ethical codes (i.e. beneficence); Identify steps in ethical decision making; Define, identify and discuss how to deal effectively with transference and countertransference issues; Identify stressors in the profession and burnout prevention techniques; Clarify personal values and their effect in a counselorís work; Discuss the role of spiritual and religious values in counseling; Identify cultural values and assumptions in therapy; Identify the characteristics of a multiculturally competent counselor; Explain the purpose of informed consent; Identify counselorís responsibilities in recordkeeping; Identify ways to reduce malpractice liability; Define and explain the conditions for maintaining confidentiality, privilege and privacy; Explain HIPAA regulations and what they mean to counselors; Learn the laws and procedures to follow regarding the duty to warn and duty to protect children and vulnerable others; Discuss confidentiality as it relates to HIV and AIDS related issues; Define and identify the different types of dual relationships; Discuss the consequences of sexual relationships with clients; Identify other types of potential boundary issues besides dual-relationships (i.e. gifts, bartering etc.); Identify the counselorís responsibility in dealing with suspected dual relationships; Discuss how professional competence is determined and what the bounds of competence mean; Discuss clientís needs and treatment individualization; Discuss issues in consultation and supervision of counselors; Articulate a counseling stance; Identify ethical and unethical uses of diagnosis; Explain ethical standards in couples and family therapy; Discuss confidentiality, privilege and privacy issues in couples and family therapy; Identify ethical issues in group work; Discuss ways to try and ensure confidentiality in group work; Identify ways to effectively use techniques in group; Discuss the value of non-licensed workers; Understand the value and roles of community mental health programs; Identify the types of involuntary commitment and ethical implications.

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Family Therapy and Substance Abuse

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course on Family Therapy and Substance Abuse is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: define family therapy; identify ways family therapy is used in substance abuse treatment; articulate characteristics of families with members who abuse substances; gain an understanding of Brief Strategic Family Therapy; identify basic concepts of Brief Strategic Family Therapy; learn the basics of diagnosing family system problems using Brief Strategic Family Therapy; learn ways to orchestrate change within the family system; identify methods for engaging the family into treatment; review research supporting Brief Strategic Family Therapy; identify different approaches to family therapy; articulate how substance abuse treatment and family therapy can be integrated; match therapeutic techniques to levels of recovery; realize issues pertinent to specific populations as grouped by age, gender, race, sexual orientation, disability status, and rural populations; identify primary policy concerns and program issues when using a family therapy model in substance abuse treatment.

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Grant Writing Basics

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course on Grant Writing Basics is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: Learn about different types of grants; Identify at least 3 resources to find grants; Identify the main components of a grant; Describe and write a logic model; Identify at least 2 statistical/data resources to support grant writing initiatives.

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HIV 101

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course on HIV meets license renewal continuing education requirements for many licensed health professionals and is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: Discuss advances in HIV prevention and treatment; List the goals of HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral (CTR); Identify the principles of CTR; Differentiate between targeted and routinely recommended CTR; Identify settings and populations that are at increased risk for HIV; Learn about circumstances for which HIV preventative treatment exists; Identify information all clients who request counseling should receive; Identify the elements of HIV prevention counseling; List the characteristics of the effective HIV CTR counselor; List ways to reduce barriers to HIV CTR; Correctly match HIV test technologies and results (screening vs. confirmatory); Identify the difference between a reactive and nonreactive sample; List possible referral needs for clients testing HIV positive or for high-risk clients; Identify barriers to accessing referral resources; Learn the 11 standards to assess for quality assurance.

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Identification and Treatment of Mental Disorders

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Overview of the most common mental health disorders, differential diagnosis and using the DSMIV.

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Medical Errors

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course on Medical Errors meets license renewal continuing education requirements for many licensed health professionals, specifically approved by the Florida Certification Board, and is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: Describe why strategic planning for medication safety is vital to all healthcare organizations; Identify the seven components necessary in a strategic plan for medication safety; Identify who should be involved in the medication safety planning process; Identify the processes that will assist participants in making appropriate judgments and decisions; Identify goals, communicate relevant changes in processes and procedures and evaluate progress towards goals; Initiate process assessments to identify areas needing safety improvements; Understand what the various stakeholders and contributors have to offer; Identify the 10 Key Elements of the Medication Use System and ways they can be promoted in the students own work setting; Identify the purpose of system redundancies; Identify error-prone processes in their organization.

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Medication and Patient Safety

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course on Medication and Patient Safety meets license renewal continuing education requirements for many licensed health professionals and is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: Describe why strategic planning for medication safety is vital to all healthcare organizations; Identify the seven components necessary in a strategic plan for medication safety; Identify who should be involved in the medication safety planning process; Identify the processes that will assist participants in making appropriate judgments and decisions; Identify goals, communicate relevant changes in processes and procedures and evaluate progress towards goals; Initiate process assessments to identify areas needing safety improvements; Understand what the various stakeholders and contributors have to offer; Identify the 10 Key Elements of the Medication Use System and ways they can be promoted in the students own work setting; Identify the purpose of system redundancies; Identify error-prone processes in their organization.

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Methamphetamine: War on Drugs

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course on Methamphetamine meets license renewal continuing education requirements for many licensed health professionals and is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: Understanding and Identifying Clandestine Lab Indicators; Knowing the Dangers of Clandestine Labs; What the Proper Response is For Clandestine Labs; Recognizing The Potential For Violence Associated With Methamphetamine Users; Understanding physical, psychological, and economic consequences for individuals, families, and communities; Recognizing signs individuals may be under the influence of meth; Understanding the depth and breadth of the meth problem.

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Motivational Interviewing and Co-Occurring Disorders: TIP 35

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course on Motivational Interviewing and Co-Occurring Disorders meets license renewal continuing education requirements for many licensed health professionals and is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: Define the FRAMES approach to treatment; Identify appropriate motivational strategies for each stage of change; Define each of the pet effective catalyst for change; Identify the four types of client resistance; Discuss the importance of using a change plan worksheet in the recommended components of such a worksheet; Identify the assumptions about the nature of motivation; Discuss the six models of treatment; Identify to 12 recent changes in the addictions field; Identify the five elements of motivational approaches; Identify the assumptions upon which motivational interviewing is a counseling style is based; Identify the five principles of motivational interviewing; Recognize each of the 12 examples of non-empathic responses; Effectively develop discrepancy; Identify five opening strategies for early sessions; List the three things it is important to do in opening sessions; Describe how to use motivational language in written materials and the assessment; Describe way is significant others can be used to enhance motivation; Explain the difference between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation; Describe the five categories into which self-efficacy can be conceptualized; Identify the four situations in which most substance relapse occurs; Discuss the components of decisional balance; Identify seven signs of readiness to act; Describe the process for negotiating a change plan; Identify six comments years that prevent clients from entering treatment; Identify eight clues that often precede client drop out; Develop a repertoire of skills to engage and retain client in treatment; Be familiar with ways of measuring self-efficacy, readiness for change, decisional balance saying, motivations, and goals and values; Explain the seven principles underlying the stepped care approach to delivering treatment services; Be familiar with applications of motivational approaches and specific treatment settings.

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Multicultural Issues in Counseling

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course on Multicultural Issues in Counseling meets license renewal continuing education requirements for many licensed health professionals and is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. Topics covered in this course include: The influence of culture and society on mental health; Issues in mental health care for African Americans; Issues in Mental Health care for American Indians and Alaskan Natives; Mental Health care for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; Mental Health care for Hispanic Americans; Ethics Codes in Multicultural Counseling; Cultural Values and Assumptions in Therapy; Matching Client and Counselor; Understanding the competencies needed to work with special populations.

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Opiate Treatment: TIP 43

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course on Opiate Treatment meets license renewal continuing education requirements for many licensed health professionals and is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: Identify essential information required for providing effective treatment to patients with opioid substance abuse issues; Identify essential information to be provided to patients seeking medication assisted treatment; List the symptoms of opiate intoxication, overdose and withdrawal; Identify required components of the medical assessment prior to beginning an opioid treatment program; Identify the components of the induction assessment; Accurately determine the level of patient motivation; Identify the components of a comprehensive assessment; Describe the most common medications used in the treatment of opioid dependence and their method and setting of delivery; Identify the possible side effects of opioid agonist and partial agonist therapy; Identify possible drug interactions with methadone and their effects; Describe strategies to prevent or minimize harmful drug interactions in medication assisted therapy was identify medications or substances that alter opioid medication levels in the body; Describe the criteria for take-home medications and maximum take-home doses; Identify the six recommended focuses for counseling in medication assisted therapy; Identify the eight standard components of counseling in medication assisted therapy; Describe the five types of group counseling formats in medication assisted therapy; Identify the 15 common topics for patient educational sessions in medication assisted therapy; Describe the characteristics of the treatment plan appropriate during medication assisted therapy; Identify possible associated medical problems commonly seen in patients presenting for medication assisted therapy; Identify frequently use substance combinations and common reasons for use; Understand the difference between opiate agonists and opiate antagonists.

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Panic Disorder

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course meets license renewal continuing education requirements for many licensed health professionals and is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: Identify the eight steps of psychiatric management for persons with panic disorder; Explain how to select the most appropriate treatment settings; Summarize the psychopharmacological recommendations for treating panic disorder; Summarize the length of treatment and the tapering process; Identify the types of psychoeducation we should be provided to patients with panic disorder; Identify five ways to increase treatment compliance; Summarize psychosocial interventions for panic disorder; and Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different treatment modalities.

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Pharmacology 101

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course on mental health Pharmacology meets license renewal continuing education requirements for many licensed health professionals and is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: Identify the most commonly used and abused drugs; Identify symptoms of overdose and withdrawal from most commonly abused drugs; Define protracted withdrawal; Define tolerance and cross tolerance; Match substance effects on the body with the correct substance; Identify the effects of each substance on unborn children; Discuss the effects of each substance on athletic performance; Become familiar with the Jellinek curve; Identify web sites and activities to use when doing community education presentations.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder: Best Practices

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course meets license renewal continuing education requirements for many licensed health professionals and is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: identify the nine goals for psychiatric management of persons with PTSD or ASD; list the eight steps in assessment of a person with PTSD or ASD; identify eight things to be considered when determining the treatment setting; list three characteristics which would make inpatient treatment a better choice; list for ways to establish and maintain a therapeutic alliance; explain the most effective ways to coordinate treatment efforts; identify the types of education which should be provided to patients with PTSD or ASD; identify the five goals of treatment for patients with PTSD or ASD; identify the three approaches which are used either alone or in combination in treating this population; list nine issues that should be considered when choosing the appropriate initial treatment modality; describe approaches for patients who do not respond to initial treatment; summarize the standard pharmacological treatment strategy for PTSD or ASD; and summarize the recommendations for psychotherapy with persons with PTSD or ASD.

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Prevention and Counseling Ethics

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course on Ethics is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: Learn about different codes of ethics (APA, ACA, AAMFT); Learn about the principles supporting and informing ethical codes (i.e. beneficence); Identify steps in ethical decision making; Define, identify and discuss how to deal effectively with transference and countertransference issues; Identify stressors in the profession and burnout prevention techniques; Clarify personal values and their effect in a counselorís work; Discuss the role of spiritual and religious values in counseling; Identify cultural values and assumptions in therapy; Identify the characteristics of a multiculturally competent counselor; Explain the purpose of informed consent; Identify counselorís responsibilities in recordkeeping; Identify ways to reduce malpractice liability; Define and explain the conditions for maintaining confidentiality, privilege and privacy; Explain HIPAA regulations and what they mean to counselors; Learn the laws and procedures to follow regarding the duty to warn and duty to protect children and vulnerable others; Discuss confidentiality as it relates to HIV and AIDS related issues; Define and identify the different types of dual relationships; Discuss the consequences of sexual relationships with clients; Identify other types of potential boundary issues besides dual-relationships (i.e. gifts, bartering etc.); Identify the counselorís responsibility in dealing with suspected dual relationships; Discuss how professional competence is determined and what the bounds of competence mean; Discuss clientís needs and treatment individualization; Discuss issues in consultation and supervision of counselors; Articulate a counseling stance; Identify ethical and unethical uses of diagnosis; Explain ethical standards in couples and family therapy; Discuss confidentiality, privilege and privacy issues in couples and family therapy; Identify ethical issues in group work; Discuss ways to try and ensure confidentiality in group work; Identify ways to effectively use techniques in group; Discuss the value of non-licensed workers; Understand the value and roles of community mental health programs; Identify the types of involuntary commitment and ethical implications.

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Schizophrenia and Dementia: Best Practices

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course meets license renewal continuing education requirements for many licensed health professionals and is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: 1. Identify Key Features in the Formulation and Implementation of a Treatment Plan 2. Understand How to Establish a Therapeutic Alliance 3. Discuss Treatment Settings and Housing Options 4. Identify management concerns in each of the three stages of presentation 5. Identify Special Issues in Caring for Patients With Treatment-Resistant Illness 6. Discuss Clinical Features Influencing the Treatment Plan 7. Identify Pharmacological Treatments 8. List Other Somatic Therapies and Specific Psychosocial Interventions

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Substance Abuse Group Counseling: TIP 41

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course on Substance Abuse Group Counseling is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: identify the five models of group therapy currently used in substance abuse treatment and the three other types of groups that can be integrated into the five models; differentiate between 12-step self-help groups and interpersonal process groups; identify at least 10 advantages of group treatment; identify the three modifications that need to be made to group treatment in order to improve its effectiveness in substance abuse settings; discuss how the client's stage of readiness for change affects the types of groups he or she will be in; describe the characteristics of each of the five group models used in substance abuse treatment; effectively match clients with appropriate groups; accurately assess client readiness for group primary placement considerations; identify as six dimensions assess for the ASAM patient placement criteria; identify the six levels of treatment identified by the ASAM patient placement criteria that; identify the three other criteria we should be considered when determining the patient's appropriateness for group therapy; identify the difference between culture, cultural knowledge, cultural awareness, and cultural competence understand the components of the diversity wheel; identify strategies for handling issues that arise when group norms and cultural values conflict; identify the six guidelines for clinicians on the evaluating bias and prejudice; identify for techniques that can be helpful in providing substance abuse treatment to a culturally diverse groups; identify six guidelines for preparing the group for a new member from a racial or ethnic minority; discuss the benefits of fixed and revolving membership groups; identify the most effective ways to prepare client for participation in groups is that; be familiar with the recommended issues to discuss in pre-group interviews discuss ways for increasing retention in groups; identify specific group tasks appropriate for each phase of the group; discuss how to convert conflict and resistance in the positive energy that powers the group's; explain how to deal with disruptive group members; explain how to cool down runaway affect or turn a crisis into an opportunity; identify six of the most common errors the group leaders make; describe four types of training that are recommended for group therapists.

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Suicidality Recognition and Treatment

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course meets license renewal continuing education requirements for many licensed health professionals and is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. The learner objectives are: Learn the basic principles of suicide assessment; Identify ways to estimate suicide risk; Identify the necessary components for a suicide assessment; Identify risk management methods including consultation, documentation; Identify methods for determining appropriate placement; and Understand the factors contributing to suicide risk.

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Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Abuse Issues

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All of our courses are approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Florida Board of Nursing and National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. This course on Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Abuse Issues meets license renewal continuing education requirements for many licensed health professionals and is taught using text, narrated PowerPoint, video and mp3 audio. All course materials and reference materials are available free online. This TIP aims to help treatment providers design and deliver better services to adolescent clients with substance use disorders and gives guidelines for treatment programs on designing and delivering effective services to adolescent clients. The clients addressed in the TIP included, among others, young people involved with the juvenile and criminal justice systems. In addition to defining the treatment needs of adolescents and providing a full description of the use of the severity continuum, three common types of treatment for adolescents today are covered: 12-Step-based treatment, treatment in the adolescent therapeutic community, and family therapy. TIP 32 details the scope and complexity of the problem; covers factors considered in making treatment decisions; details the features of successful programs; introduce and describe the treatment approaches used in 12-Step-based treatment, therapeutic communities, and family therapy; discusses adolescents with distinctive treatment needs, such as youths involved in the juvenile justice system, homeless and runaway youth, and youth with coexisting disorders; and describes the legal and ethical issues that relate to diagnosis and treatment of adolescents.

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Wellness Management

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Participants learn about the mind-body connection and how to assess for physical issues presenting as mental health issues.

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