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The Mental Health Professional in Long-Term Care

Laura More, MSW, LCSW; Edie Deane-Watson, MS, CCC-A, CCM

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

The Mental Health Professional in Long-Term Care is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides an overview of services in skilled nursing facilities for the psychotherapist new to this setting.

As the population of the United States ages, more and more healthcare professionals find themselves treating elders. Schools, private practice, and hospitals will always be a major practice setting, but the demographics of our country point to a growing need for geriatric treatment. In 2014 there were an estimated 1.5 million people in 16,000 skilled nursing facilities. By 2030 this number may be as high as 2.6 million. There will be a significantly increased need for the services of psychotherapists to provide treatment in skilled nursing facilities in the years to come.

Every practice setting has unique characteristics that affect clinical practice. Skilled nursing facilities have a multitude of regulations, complicated billing practices, and a culture of care that must be learned and integrated into the clinician’s treatment habits. This can make it difficult for the clinician working part-time or PRN in long-term care. This course will provide a framework for providing care in a skilled nursing facility. It is intended to give the clinician an overview of the important aspects of long-term care that affect treatment, including the structure, organization and reimbursement system of skilled nursing facilities. The average resident and common treatment areas will also be discussed.

Closeout course #20-89 | 2014 | 27 pages | 14 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. List three rights of residents in long-term care
2. Describe the average skilled nursing facility resident
3. Name the top two persons in the skilled nursing facility administration structure
4. Describe three safety issues in long-term care
5. Describe a strategy to address unwanted behavior in a person with dementia
CE INFORMATION

NBCC ACEP Approved ProviderNBCC Clock Hours: 2 | 
NBCC ACEP Number: 5590 | 

Professional Development Resources
 is also approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists (#193) and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501). 

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Laura More, MSW, LCSW, is a healthcare author and licensed clinical social worker. Laura was one of the founding partners of Care2Learn, a provider of online continuing education courses for the post-acute healthcare industry. She now provides healthcare authoring services. She has authored over 120 online continuing education titles, co-authored evidence-based care assessment area resources and a book, The Licensed Practical Nurse in Long-term Care Field Guide. She is the recipient of the 2010 Education Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Disclosure

Financial: Laura More receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 


Edie Deane-Watson, MS, CCC-A, CCM, has served in the post-acute care industry in various capacities for 25 years. She developed and managed SNF based rehabilitation programs at the facility and regional level and was one of the founding partners of Care2Learn, a provider of online continuing education courses for the post-acute healthcare industry. In addition, she has worked in acute care, head injury, life care planning, and e-learning. She is currently the Director of Education and Training at American Health Tech, a leading provider of post-acute care integrated software.

Disclosure

Financial
No relevant financial relationship exists. 
Nonfinancial
: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 


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