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Course Overview

The goal of this educational program is to help the certified medical assistant to recognize depression and to identify supportive measures to help patients and their loved ones reduce the risk of suicide.

The content in this course is applicable to certified medical assistants.

About the Course Author

Stephanie received a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University in 2007. The majority of her experience has been providing behavioral health counseling and case management in private practice, acute, community, and medical settings. She served as part of the National Health Service Corps from 2016-2018, providing outpatient counseling to underserved populations including military service members and their families. Stephanie has designed and provided training on topics such as LGBTQIA+ sensitivity, youth suicide prevention, and how to provide in-community services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Stephanie L. Furness, MSW, LCSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

  • American Association of Medical Assistants


    This program has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 1.0 general continuing education unit(s) (approval Clinical/General). Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content or the program provider.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe at least three best practices used by healthcare professionals for screening, assessing, and responding to patients with suicidal ideation and their families.; Explain at least two symptoms of major depression and distinguish from disorders often confused with major depression.; Identify at least four elements for understanding suicidality including stigma, risk factors, and warning signs.; Identify at least two treatment options for patients experiencing depression and suicidal ideation.; Name at least four medications prescribed for symptoms of depression and explain the importance of medication-related patient education.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Depression and Suicide Basics
    Meet Valerie
    Who’s Vulnerable?
    Chronic Disease Adds to the Risk
    Identifying Risk Factors and Warning Signs
    Differentiating Suicidal Behaviors
    Know the Warning Signs: “IS PATH WARM?”
    Determining Suicidality
    Section 3: Mood Disorders
    What is a Mood Disorder?
    Identifying Depression in Any Setting
    Neurological and Medical Conditions That May Contribute to Depression
    Beyond Sadness — Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder
    When It Looks Like Depression, It Might Not Be
    Screening for Depression
    Screening for Suicidal Ideation
    Seeing the Light
    Differential Diagnosis
    The No-Harm or No-Suicide Contract
    Defeating the Stigma
    Coping with Life’s Ups and Downs
    Initiating an Effective Plan
    Section 4: Medications?
    When Medication Is Indicated
    Medications for Mood Disorders\
    Giving Counsel to Ease the Pain
    On the Road to Recovery
    Helping Families Help Patients
    Finding the Right Resources
    Section 5:
    Section 6: Conclusion

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Beginner level Social Workers; Certified Medical Assistants; Level II level Dietitians; Nurses; Pharmacists; Physicians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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