Certificate Courses

Mental Health Awareness and First Aid

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Price: $350.00
Avg. Completion Time: 6 hours

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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:

  1. Explain effective empathy-building techniques.

  2. Discuss the purpose and advantage of using open-ended questions over close-ended questions.

  3. Identify and describe four advanced empathy strategies.

  4. Discuss potential troubleshooting strategies to utilize when providing empathy.

  5. Identify the symptoms of Depression and Bipolar disorders.

  6. Explain the stressors that are commonly associated with the development of Depression.

  7. Discuss how the manic and depressive episodes are manifested in Bipolar disorder.

  8. Explain the symptoms of the anxiety disorders.

  9. Discuss the common stressors associated with the anxiety disorders.

  10. Identify the difference between Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (OCD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality disorder (OCPD).
  11. Identify key differences between Anorexia and Bulimia.
  12. Describe some of the stressors associated with Substance Use/Abuse.
  13. Discuss the stages of grief that some family members can go through when loved ones have dementia or brain injuries.

Sequence of Certificate Program Webinars

Empathy Building Skills, Part 1 by Lisa Klewicki, Ph.D. (1 hr 22 min)

The foundation of the healing relationship and the healing process lies in mastering and using critical interpersonal skills, such as providing effective empathy. This webinar provides a comprehensive examination of these foundational skills along with demonstrations and exercises for building empathy skills using a Christ-centered approach. Empathy skills covered in this webinar include: attending and listening, reflection of feelings, using open questions, paraphrasing, and providing feedback. This webinar is intended as a “refresher course” for experienced mental health professionals as well as a foundational course for those in the helping profession such as priests and deacons, youth ministers, and spiritual guides.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain effective empathy-building techniques including attending and listening, reflection of feelings, using open-ended questions, and providing feedback.
  2. Discuss the purpose and advantage of using open-ended questions over close-ended questions.
  3. Demonstrate effective paraphrasing techniques.

Empathy Building Skills, Part 2 by Lisa Klewicki, Ph.D. (36 min)

The foundation of the healing relationship and the healing process lies in mastering and using critical interpersonal skills, such as providing effective empathy. This webinar, second and final installment in Dr. Klewicki’s “Empathy Series,” builds on the foundational skills introduced in Part 1. Dr. Klewicki provides trouble shooting tips, additional skills, and specific empathic prompts you can use. This webinar is intended as a “refresher course” for experienced mental health professionals as well as a foundational course for those in the helping profession such as priests and deacons, youth ministers, and spiritual guides. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe four advanced empathy strategies.
  2. Discuss potential trouble-shooting strategies to utilize when providing empathy.

Signs & Stressors: Depression & Bipolar by Lisa Klewicki, Ph.D. (1 hr 20 min)

In this presentation, Dr. Klewicki provides a basic overview of the mood disorders, including Depression, manic or hypomanic episodes, and Bipolar disorder. She covers the symptoms of these disorders and some common stressors associated with the development of the mood disorders.  Dr. Klewicki uses movie clips to illustrate the content.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the symptoms of Depression and Bipolar.
  2. Explain the stressors that are commonly associated with the development of Depression.
  3. Discuss how the manic and depressive episodes are manifested in Bipolar disorder.

Signs & Stressors: Anxiety, OCD & PTSD by Lisa Klewicki, Ph.D. (1 hr 13 min)

In this presentation, Dr. Klewicki provides an overview of the anxiety disorders including Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic attacks, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The symptoms and common stressors are also covered. Dr. Klewicki uses movie clips to illustrate what the anxiety disorders look like.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the symptoms of anxiety disorders.
  2. Discuss the common stressors of anxiety disorders.
  3. Identify the difference between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD).

Signs & Stressors: Eating Disorders, Substance Use & Impaired Memory by Lisa Klewicki, Ph.D. (1 hr 15 min)

In this webinar, Dr. Klewicki provides an overview of a variety of psychological disorders including eating disorders, substance abuse, dementia, brain injuries, memory loss, and coping with grief. She covers not only the symptoms of these various disorders but also issues surrounding the disorder that one should be aware of. Dr. Klewicki uses movie clips to illustrate how the symptoms of these various disorders manifest themselves.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify key differences between Anorexia and Bulimia.
  2. Describe some of the stressors associated with Substance Use/Abuse.
  3. Discuss the stages of grief that some family members can go through when loved ones have dementia or brain injuries.

Instructor Biography

Lisa Klewicki, Ph.D.

Lisa Klewicki, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who has degrees in Psychology and Theology. She integrates the Catholic faith with sound psychology to provide psychotherapy, consultations, and assessments.

She also addresses both lay and academic audiences through various types of speaking engagements. Dr. Klewicki speaks on such topics as intimacy, relationships, marriage, family, mental health and women’s issues from a Catholic perspective.