Learning Changes Everything
MODULE BY MODULE:
COMMUNITY CARES TRAINING EXPANDED
Module 1: Foundations of Mental Health
- Understanding common mental health terminology.
- How common are mental health disorders?
- What are some common symptoms and causes?
- Myths versus realities of mental health.
- Beyond Medication: What can be done to improve mental health?
Module 2: Stigma, Culture and Community Mental Health Services
- What is stigma and how does it affect mental health?
-Tips for interacting with consumers and families.
-How have mental illness and substance use been viewed through history, and how do those impact today’s mental health client?
-These are the People in Your Neighbourhood: What services are in our region?
Module 3: Effective Situational Assessment
- Objective behavioural observation and assessment
- Self-reports, bystander and family information
- Effective recording methods
- Mental Health Secondary Survey
- Effective communication techniques:
- Attending Skills
- Supportive Stance
- Reflective listening
- Team-based approaches: How and why.
- Section 28: When is a person a danger to self or others?
- Medical processes and language:
- Realistic expectations of the healthcare system
- The language of healthcare
- Alternatives to the ER
Module 4: Effective Engagement and Crisis Response
- The Arousal Cycle
- Emotional arousal and rationality
- Precipitating events / rational detachment
- Applying effective interventions based on assessment
- Therapeutic communication: The importance of dignity, empathy, non-judgment & rapport
- Limit-setting and re-direction
- Physical intervention
- A last resort, least intrusive approach
- The role of the police versus the role of therapeutic professionals
- Safe practices
Module 5: Beyond Crisis Intervention: Community-based Practices for Better Care
- Building community connections:
- Neighbourhood and family supports
- Outreach services
- Doctors and pharmacists
- First Nations supports
- School liaison
Module 6: Team-based approaches for well-known consumers
- Proactive strategies for “repeat consumers”
- Involving the consumer in planning
- Second- and third-stage resources
- Establishing contact people for well-known consumers
- Voluntary check-ins
Module 7: Advanced Knowledge: Substance Use and Dependency
- The impact of substances
- What is dependency? What causes it?
- Effects of common drugs on users
- Life stories of dependency and recovery
- Detox and treatment
- Stages of Change: Facilitating change. Avoiding being a barrier.
- Examining Harm Reduction
Module 8: Common Disorders in Detail
- Psychosis and schizophrenia;
- Depression and Bipolar Disorders;
- Dementia, Autism and more
- What is a concurrent disorder?
- Case management: What is it? Why does it work? What is your role?
- Life stories: Examining life histories and lifestyle of long term MHSU consumers