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Diagnosing and Assessment for Violence and Mental Health

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Course Description:

This course will identify factors that increase risk of aggression and violent acting out behaviors in individuals diagnosed with a mental health disorder.  All disorders highlighted by the new DSM5, that correlate with a high risk of violence will be reviewed, including disorders that start in childhood and/or adolescence, which may vary over into adulthood. Also, identified will be biological, environmental, and psychosocial behavioral patterns that increase risk, plus explore the impact of co-occurring disorders on risk assessment.  Targeted collaborative treatment interventions responsive to different levels of risk, diagnosis, and developmental stages will be identified. 


  • Identify mental health disorders and co-occurring disorders using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition that pose a higher risk for aggression and violent behaviors.
  • Identify biological, environmental and psychosocial behavioral patterns that increase risk for violence.
  • Identify treatment interventions targeted to reduce or eliminate aggressive behaviors.


6 CE (Diagnosing)
Finding Balance After the War Zone

Considerations in the treatment of post-deployment stress effects.


  • Learn effective treatment responses
  • Learn how the body responds to threat
  • Understand the military culture
  • Learn appropriate treatment considerations and deliveries
  • Learn to use assessment instruments including suicide risk
  • Learn ideas for re-balancing and self care


15 CE (Diagnosing / Alcohol)
Alcohol and Older Adults


  • Define low risk drinking, at-risk drinking, problem drinking, and alcohol dependence in older adults
  • Know drinking guidelines for adults age 65 and over
  • Understand the prevalence of at-risk drinking, problem drinking, and alcohol dependence among older adults
  • Identify signs and symptoms of alcohol problems in older adults
  • Know how to use brief alcohol interventions with older adults
  • Recognize barriers to intervention and treatment, and how to address them
3 CE (Diagnosing and Treatment)
Autism Spectrum Disorders

This is an introduction and suggested refresher course to Autism Spectrum Disorders.


  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the problems that may come accompany ASD
  • Overview of diagnosis and available aids for families
  • Overview of adults with ASD
  • Learn treatment options of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Overview of causes and treatment of ASD
4 CE (Diagnosing)
Diagnosing and DSM5


Course Description
This easy to read course will enlighten every participant about the DSM5 and help you to make a competent diagnosis. Professionals will view the new changes which are intended to serve as a practical, functional, and flexible guide for organizing information that can aid in the accurate diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. 

•    Look at the Concerns of the DSM5
•    Evolution of DSM for teaching psychopathology
•    Changes made to the DSM-5
•    New Features in Each Diagnosis

Written by: David Jensen, PHD, LSCSW, LCMFT



4 CE (Diagnosing)
Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders

The newly released Diagnosis and Statistical Manual has made many positive changes in philosophy, structure, and diagnoses. There is a new emphasis based on research findings of risk factors for suicide and on assessing the impact of an individual's culture on his or her symptoms. Based on research studies, the new manual eliminated, modified, and added disorders; did away with the multi-axial format; moved toward a developmental and lifespan approach; increased gender considerations; better organized diagnoses; limited its use forensically; educates on grief vs. depression and expands normal grieving time; and added the Emerging Measures and Models which include Cross-Cutting Assessment Measures.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be:

  • Knowledgeable of the APA's philosophical goals in the structure and content of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition.
  • Understanding of the shift to a linear diagnosis and the reasons for this shift.
  • ·Familiar with the significant shifts in diagnoses, diagnostic criteria, and the re-organizing of diagnoses.
  • ·Aware of the new section Assessment Measures including the Cross-Cutting Symptoms Measures, Clinician-Rated Dimensions of Psychotic Symptom Severity, and the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule.
  • Knowledgeable of the disorders found to be at higher risk for suicide and for violence.


8 CE
Hoarding: When Collecting Goes Bad!

The inability to part with ones belongings can get so out of control that it can become a personal crisis. The fascinating look into the lives of hoarders has hit TV and Media across the country.  This course will help therapists have a better understanding of hoarding and how to treat it.  

• Define the two types of hoarding
• Learn the facts and statistics of hoarding
• Learn common traits and causes of hoarding
• Learn intervention and treatment of hoarding

4 CE (Diagnosis)
Mental Health Meds and Suicide Risk

New! This is a must read for all mental health professionals. Seperate articles discuss medications as well as the importance of gun safety as it relates to mental health.   

1. Types of medications used to treat mental health disorders
2. Side effects of medications
3. Directions for taking medications
4. Warnings about medications from the FDA

5. Reducing gun violence 

6 CE (Diagnosing and Treatment)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in PTSD, this reaction is changed or damaged.


  • Learn what post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is
  • Learn the symptoms of PTSD
  • Learn how PTSD is detected
  • Learn how PTSD is treated
2 CE (Diagnosing)
Using DSM-5 for Assessments and Interventions with Suicidal Individuals
Dr. David Jensen covers all aspects of suicide.  "Using DSM-5 for Assessments and Interventions with Suicidal Individuals" extensively covers the assessment and treatment of suicidal individuals. This course is a must read for clincians and educators alike. 
  • Identify biological, environmental, and psycho- social behavioral elements that increase risk. 
  • Identify key assessment factors that determine level of risk— low, moderate or high.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.
  • Identify effective methods to diagnose and treat suicidal individuals.

Written by: David Jensen, PHD, LSCSW, LCMFT

8 CE (CEUs)