Mental Illness - Online Inservice

This online inservice is designed to educate CNAs on recognition and treatment of mental illness. Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior. Many people have mental health concerns from time to time, but a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function. In fact, nearly half of Americans will meet the criteria for mental illness at some point during their lifetime. Despite this, the majority of Americans with a mental illness remain untreated due to the long-standing stigma surrounding mental health. One of the best ways to combat this stigma is through education.

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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize symptoms of mental illness.
  2. Describe characteristics of mental illness.
  3. Identify the different types of mental health disorders.
  4. List treatments and care measures for mental illness.


Chapter 1: Introduction to Mental Illness

Chapter 2: Types of Mental Health Disorders

  • Cognitive disorders
    • Dementia
    • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Dissociative disorders
    • Dissociative Identity Disorder
    • Dissociative Amnesia
  • Anxiety disorders
    • Panic Disorder
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Phobias
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Eating disorders
    • Anorexia nervosa
    • Bulimia Nervosa
    • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
    • Binge-eating disorder
  • Mood disorders
    • Depression
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Personality disorders
    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality
    • Passive-Aggressive Personality
    • Narcissistic Personality
  • Psychotic disorders
    • Schizophrenia
    • Schizophreniform Disorder
    • Schizoaffective Disorder

Chapter 3: Treatment of Mental Illness

  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Capra Garrison

Capra Garrison, Registered Nurse, has more than 33 years of experience in infusion therapy and the instruction of licensed nurses in infusion therapy continuing education. Her experience comes from multiple infusion settings: acute care, ambulatory infusion centers, home infusion, long term care continuing education provider, and long term care pharmacy quality assurance consultant.

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Course Accreditation

Provider approved by the California Department of Public Health, Nurse Aide Certification (NAC) #: 7046.  This document must be retained by the certified nurse assistant for a period of four years after the course completion. Provider approved by the Florida and Wyoming Boards of Nursing-Certified Nursing Assistants, CE Broker Provider #: 50-13256.

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