HHMI

Approaching Care for Mental Illness/Disability

Description
This session is designed as an entry-level course for paraprofessionals to gain knowledge and develop skills for the care and support of patients with mental illness or disabilities. Information on general mental health, stress, and coping mechanisms will be presented as well as specific mental illnesses and disabilities. Special care considerations will also be discussed.

This course is part of the Home Health Aide/Nursing Assistant Training library designed for agency or education institution use as an educational aid and resource in conjunction with hands-on instruction in a lab and or clinical setting supervised by a nurse educator. The agency or education institution is responsible for ensuring the learner has attained the knowledge and care skills, according to their state's requirements, before providing care to a client.
Delivery

This is a self-paced course with optional knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding to the next lesson. After the final lesson you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 70% or higher to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion.

Objectives
  • Define Mental Health
  • Define stress
  • Outline causes of stress
  • Identify healthy methods to cope with stress
  • Distinguish between mental illness myths and facts
  • Identify two risk factors for mental illness
  • Compare and contrast commonly seen mental illnesses
  • Identify the major symptoms or characteristics of persons with mental illness
  • Identify common treatment methods for mental illness
  • State common side effects of medications used to treat mental illness
  • Outline the paraprofessional's role in care of the person with a mental illness
  • Describe Developmental Disabilities
  • Identify general limitations of patients with developmental disabilities
Contact Time

0.8 contact hour(s) based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 0.8 hours

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of healthcare paraprofessionals, such as homehealth aide, nurses aide and personal care attendants.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures
Author Originating

Kathy Richie - BSN RN Program Director Allied Health Continuing Education Rochester Community and Technical College

Kathy Richie received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from the College of St. Teresa with a minor in Psychology. She has over 13 years experience in the health care field and a decade of experience in the design, development and provision of adult/healthcare professional continuing education. Kathy also serves as director of the Heartland Regional Geriatric Education Center for southeastern Minnesota, which is supported by the Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center, part of the University of Minnesota's Center on Aging. <br><br> Kathy is a member of the Program Services Committee of the Alzheimer's Association, Minnesota - North Dakota Chapter as well as a member of the Leadership Council for the Alzheimer's Association Southern Minnesota Regional Center.

Copyright

Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.

Acknowledgment

This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. Development was funded from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Course Code
HHMI
Course Category
Home Health