Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults (6 CE)
Course Level: Advanced
Course By: Alden Hori, PhD
Dr. Hori earned a PhD in psychology from the University of California at Riverside. He was an Associate-In Professor and Research Assistant at the University of California at Riverside, where he supervised the completion of over 50 research projects in psychology. He is credited with three publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Content By: Joel J. Silverman, M.D., Chair, Marc Galanter, M.D., Maga Jackson-Triche, M.D., M.S.H.S., Douglas G. Jacobs, M.D., James W. Lomax II, M.D., Michelle B. Riba, M.D., Lowell D. Tong, M.D., and Katherine E. Watkins, M.D., M.S.H.S. (American Psychiatric Association)
Course Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Course Description: The topics in this course consist of Review of Psychiatric Symptoms, Trauma History, and Psychiatric Treatment History; Substance Use Assessment; Assessment of Suicide Risk; Assessment of Risk for Aggressive Behaviors; Assessment of Cultural Factors; Assessment of Medical Health; Quantitative Assessment; Involvement of the Patient in Treatment Decision Making; and Documentation of the Psychiatric Evaluation. For each topic, guideline statements will be followed by a discussion of the rationale, potential benefits and harms, and approaches to implementing the guideline statements. A second section of the Practice Guidelines provides a detailed review of the evidence for guideline statements in accord with national guideline development standards. This review of research evidence and data from the expert survey is followed by a discussion of quality measurement considerations, including their appropriateness for each topic.
- Gain knowledge of the identification of psychiatric signs and symptoms, psychiatric disorders, other medical conditions, and patients who are at increased risk for suicidal or aggressive behaviors
- Summarize the factors that could influence the therapeutic alliance, enhance clinical decision making, enable safe and appropriate treatment planning, and promote better treatment outcomes
- Evaluate the role of the psychiatric evaluation as the start of a dialog with patients about many factors, including diagnosis and treatment options
- Evaluate the process of improving the collaborative decision making between patients and clinicians about treatment-related decisions
Course materials can be downloaded or read online. To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete an online multiple-choice post-test with a score of 75% or better and complete an online course evaluation.