Introductions to Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive -Compulsive Disorder with Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores two mental disorders:  Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  For each disorder, the course provides an overview of symptoms, diagnosis, screening, evidence-based treatments, and recovery.  In addition, the course identifies special considerations for co-occurring substance use disorders.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  

1st reading:  An Introduction to Bipolar Disorder and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders

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2nd Reading:  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Substance Use Disorders

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Publication:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder and co-occurring substance use disorders.

Learning Objectives: Describe DSM-5 criteria for bipolar disorder / OCD.  Describe treatment recommendations (pharmacological and psychosocial therapy) for bipolar disorder / OCD.  Describe the concept of integrated treatment.  Identify Dimensions of Recovery and Dimensions of Wellness.

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1: For questions 1-13, please refer to the reading An Introduction to Bipolar Disorder and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders at   The DSM-5 classifies bipolar disorder under the category of
2: According to the DSM-5, hypomania lasts at least
3: Bipolar II disorder is
4: People with bipolar disorder tend to seek treatment during a
5: The average age of onset for bipolar I is
6: Results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions showed that SUD co-occurrence was ________  among people with bipolar disorder than among people with any of the other mental disorders included in the survey.
7: Clients who screen positive for bipolar disorder
8: Which of the following is an atypical or second generation antipsychotic?
9: Which psychosocial therapy helps families understand bipolar disorder, develop coping strategies, and learn to recognize when a new depressive or manic/hypomanic episode may be beginning?
10: Bipolar disorder is a uniquely challenging disorder to treat with the most _____________ of any major psychiatric disorder.
11: Which of the following describes integrated treatment for co-occurring mental disorders and SUDs?
12: Proponents of a form of integrated treatment called Integrated Group Therapy believe that clients with co-occurring bipolar disorder and SUDs should be encouraged to view co-occurrence as
13: Using Exhibit 3: Dimensions of Recovery and Dimensions of Wellness, which of the following is not a dimension of wellness?
14: For questions 14-25, please refer to the reading Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Substance Use Disorders at  OCD symptoms related to contamination and cleaning tend to be more common in
15: According to the DSM-5, obsessions or compulsions that are time-consuming take more than _____________ .
16: Even seasoned clinicians may misdiagnose individuals with OCD symptoms, particularly symptoms involving
17: Studies have found that _________ or more of individuals with OCD meet lifetime criteria for at least one other diagnosable mental or substance use disorder.
18: Using Exhibit 3:  Common Compulsions, praying, counting, repeating words silently are examples of which common compulsion?
19: Using Exhibit 4:  which of the following is a question that might elicit information on the presence of obsessions?
20: 25% of OCD cases are diagnosed by age
21: Studies suggest that ________ of individuals diagnosed with OCD in childhood or adolescence will experience remission by early adulthood, with appropriate treatment.
22: Which of the following is a first-line therapy recommended for OCD?
23: Which type of medication is now considered first-line pharmacologic treatments for OCD?
24: The doses of SSRIs that are required to successfully treat OCD are often _________ than the doses required for other conditions.
25: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has identified several essential dimensions of a holistic approach to recovery and wellness including all of the following except:

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, 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. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2018 - 9/6/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.