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Emergency Mental Health

Emergency Mental Health


Location: Georgetown Campus, South Seattle College
Gene J. Colin Education Hall Bldg C.
6737 Corson Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
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From: October 3, 2019 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Jennifer Olley, LICSW

Details: Mental Health Emergencies are on the rise, and it is reasonable to expect that front-line helping professionals will be faced with one at some point during their career. When treatment is offered promptly, most of these emergencies can be mitigated within 24 hours, without a required hospitalization. But when poorly managed, a mental health emergency can lead to negligence, malpractice, or worse, death. This training is designed to educate front-line helping professionals how to differentiate between a mental health crisis and a mental health emergency, paying special attention to the helping professional’s legal and ethical obligations. This is done through the lens of person-centered treatment with an emphasis on unconditional positive regard.

Objectives: 1. differentiate between a mental health crisis and a mental health emergency 2. understand the role of medicine to ensure diagnostic clarity 3. identify the appropriate level of care required for psychiatric stabilization 4. gain knowledge of their legal and ethical obligations as it relates to mental health emergencies 5. identify underlying risk factors that could contribute to suicide or homicide 6. gain knowledge about how to refer an individual for involuntary detention 7. explain how person-centered treatment differs from other clinical interventions

Cost: None

Parking: $3/day on campus (pay at the Kiosk in front of the Colin Education Hall)

Free CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.