Psychotic Disorders: Symptom Assessment
by Expert Reviewer: Allison Nadia Sinanan, PhD, MSW; Expert Reviewer: Godfrey Gregg, Phd; Expert Reviewer: Maria Mera, MS, LMSW; Instructor: Teresa Crowe, PhD


i 1.00 CEH

Course Overview

Several disorders can include the presence of psychotic symptoms. These disorders include brief psychotic disorder, substance-induced psychotic disorder, delusional disorder, postpartum psychosis, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and shared psychotic disorder. Psychosis is a term used to describe symptoms that typically include the presence of hallucinations and delusions. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5 describes other unusual symptoms that can be present (called positive symptoms), such as disorganized speech or behavior, or symptoms that involve characteristics present in healthy people but absent in those with mental illness. These include lack of emotion, lack of or conflicting facial expressions, and apathy (called negative symptoms).

About the Course Author

Allison N. Sinanan, PhD, MSW, is assistant professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Galloway, N.J. Allison Nadia Sinanan, PhD, MSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Godfrey A. Gregg, PhD, MSW, received his baccalaureate degree from Hamilton College, and his MSW from Fordham University. After earning his MSW, he completed his analytical training at the Training Institute for Mental Health Practitioners. Following analytic training he began his doctoral studies at The Silver School of Social Work New York University. Dr. Gregg's research focuses on breast cancer and Black American women and the use of advance care planning among minority populations. Currently, he is a Clinical Associate Professor at Adelphi University's School of Social Work and he also maintains a private practice in New York City. Godfrey Gregg, Phd has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Maria Susana Mera, MS, LMSW is a Care Monitor the Care Monitoring Initiative, a joint partnership with the NYS Office of Mental Health and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Maria Mera, MS, LMSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Dr. Crowe graduated from the University of Maryland - Baltimore County in 1987 with a BA degree in psychology and social work.  She graduated from the MSW program at Gallaudet University in 1992. In 2000, Dr. Crowe graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore with a PhD in social work. Her professional career primarily focused on mental health in the Deaf community. She worked in multiple settings, including an inpatient psychiatric unit, community mental health agencies (outpatient services), and private practice. While in her doctoral studies and afterward, she conducted research about various issues affecting Deaf and hard of hearing individuals, such as ASL-translated instruments, alcohol use, domestic violence, sating violence, mental health needs, and telemental health. Teresa Crowe, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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    Relias, LLC, #1273, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Relias LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/10/2018-02/10/2021. Course Delivery Format: Asynchronous Distance Learning-interaction includes quizzes with questions and answers, post-tests. This module is Reading-Based. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 Clinical continuing education clock hours.

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  • Learning Objectives:

    Explain the factors that influence the disorders; Identify the signs and symptoms of the disorders; Identify the subtypes of psychotic disorders
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    The target audience for this course is: intermediate level Social Workers.
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    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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