Behavioral Health Resources for Medical Personnel
New! Online training for medical professionals to help recognize and address behavioral health issues
Fairfax County’s Behavioral Health Online Training Resources for Medical Personnel includes three brief, online training courses. The first two are geared for medical professionals in primary health care, and the third is for behavioral health care professionals.
The online trainings allow participants to enter a virtual environment and assume the role of the medical professional interacting with a patient. Unlike many online trainings, these are interactive and dynamic with actions you choose in order to move the scenario along. You receive real-time feedback during the course of the training on how well you are doing. The courses are available online 24/7, are offered free of charge, and can be done whenever your busy schedule allows. Each training can be completed, if needed, in more than one sitting.
At-Risk in Primary Care is a CME-approved* online training simulation that prepares primary health care providers to:
- Screen patients for mental health and substance abuse disorders,
- Perform brief interventions using motivational interviewing techniques, and
- Refer patients to treatment.
The learning experience is structured around a series of interactive, dynamic clinical scenarios in which participants engage in role-play practice conversations with virtual patients, choosing actions to move the scenario along and receiving real-time feedback.
In the course of the training, participants learn to recognize risk factors and warning signs of alcohol and substance use disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and suicidal thoughts; screen patients using evidence-based tools; apply motivational interviewing tactics to build patients’ trust and increase adherence; engage in collaborative treatment planning with patients; apply best practices in follow-up care; and reduce liability through proper documentation.
The simulation was developed in collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and is currently utilized in NYC, Maryland, North Dakota, and Oklahoma to train over 10,000 physicians. At-Risk in Primary Care is approved for 1.50 CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 1.50 ANCC CNE contact hours.
*CME = Continuing Medical Education
At-Risk in the ED is a similar training to the one described above, but geared to hospital emergency department personnel. The simulation is currently utilized in Arizona and North Dakota to train the personnel of over 100 hospitals. At-Risk in the ED is approved for 1.50 CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 1.50 ANCC CNE contact hour.
Practice Exposure Therapy is an online learning experience for mental health providers to learn why and how to apply prolonged exposure (PE) therapy with adult patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Participants engage in simulated therapy sessions with fully-animated virtual patients who act like real patients suffering from PTSD. Patients include a military veteran, a victim of childhood abuse, and a survivor of sexual assault.
Participants learn to recognize symptoms of PTSD and suitable treatment options; identify patients for whom PE is appropriate; practice conversations with virtual patients to present treatment options, address their concerns and engage them in the treatment; use breathing relaxation techniques with patients; structure and direct in vivo and imaginal exposure; promote patients' full emotional engagement; and practice provider self-care techniques.
Practice Exposure Therapy is approved for 6.0 American Psychological Association (APA) continuing education credits (CE) and was developed by Kognito in collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
To take one or all of the trainings, visit http://fairfaxhealth.kognito.com/.
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