If you work in a helping profession and have ever felt over your head when confronted by changes in the behavior or mood of a student or parishioner, this certificate program is for you. This series of presentations provides an introduction to common mental health disorders helping you to know when referral to a mental health professional may be necessary.
In this certificate course*, you’ll learn:
- Basic techniques for empathic listening
- Signs of common mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, and eating disorders
- Differences between related disorders (e.g. Anorexia and Bulimia)
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*This certificate course replaces our previously listed course “Helping and Healing for the Non-Professional.” It is a revised version with several changes and added resources.
Certificate Program Description
The purpose of this course is to provide those in the caring professions and others with an introduction to the foundational aspects of using empathy in everyday relationships as well as the basic information about the major psychological disorders in order to better recognize when professional help will likely be needed.
By the end of this certificate program, participants will be able to:
Explain effective empathy-building techniques.
Discuss the purpose and advantage of using open-ended questions over close-ended questions.
Identify and describe four advanced empathy strategies.
Discuss potential troubleshooting strategies to utilize when providing empathy.
Identify the symptoms of Depression and Bipolar disorders.
Explain the stressors that are commonly associated with the development of Depression.
Discuss how the manic and depressive episodes are manifested in Bipolar disorder.
Explain the symptoms of the anxiety disorders.
Discuss the common stressors associated with the anxiety disorders.
- Identify the difference between Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (OCD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality disorder (OCPD).
- Identify key differences between Anorexia and Bulimia.
- Describe some of the stressors associated with Substance Use/Abuse.
- Discuss the stages of grief that some family members can go through when loved ones have dementia or brain injuries.