Advanced Medical Issues: Mood Disorders
The purpose of this teleconference is to enhance casework assessment skills regarding mood disorders. Topic areas covered are: definitions, etiology, rates, prevalence, risk factors for onset and chronicity, comorbidity and family history. Being skilled in identifying symptoms and behaviors that may signify a mental health issue furthers a caseworker's ability to provide youth with the services they need while supporting caregivers in that process. Although the caseworker role does not include diagnosis, it is important that workers have accurate information regarding the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders so they can make initial assessments prior to a mental health evaluation. Trainees will: increase their understanding of major depression and bi-polar disorder and be able to identify differences in the ways in which adults and children/adolescents present symptoms; increase their ability to identify when to refer for evaluation and treatment of mood disorders and increase their ability to apply this knowledge to cases.
Gabrielle A. Carlson, M.D., has been professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at State University of New York at Stony Brook since 1985. Dr. Carlson specializes in childhood psychopathology and psychopharmacology in general, and the subjects of childhood and adolescent depression and bipolar disorder, specifically. She has written over 200 papers, chapters and reviews on those subjects and has co-authored two books, Affective Disorders in Childhood Adolescence and Psychiatric Disorders in Children and Adolescents.
Target audience is experienced child welfare caseworkers and CPS staff, senior caseworkers, supervisors and directors of service.
Available Supplemental Materials
- Advanced Medical Issues: Mood Disorders Handouts
Approximately 1 hour
Registration for this course is handled through STARS. You must first have your SDC or Training Coordinator nominate you before you can access the materials.