New Jersey 20-Hour Social Worker Package
Courses included in this package. Click on a course to learn more.
- Cultural Humility in Behavioral Health 3Release Date: January 15, 2023
The purpose of this education program is to present an introduction to cultural humility and offers tools for psychologists and other behavioral healthcare professionals to use when working with patients from diverse backgrounds in a culturally humble manner.
- Hospice and Palliative Care 3
Course release: 7/10/2023
About the Course
This course provides an overview of hospice and palliative care and describes care that meets the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of suffering patients and families. Palliative care is the overarching supportive approach that helps seriously ill patients and families address problems and improve their quality of life (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research [MFMER], 2021). Hospice is a type of palliative care specifically for those that have a terminal disease and life-limiting prognosis. The course will review theoretical models of the dying process, the psychological and physical symptoms as death approaches, misconceptions and barriers to providing end-of-life care.
- Keeping Clients Safe: Error and Safety in Behavioral Health Settings 3Course Release date: 7/10/2023
This course focuses on five major components of the problem of medical error for behavioral health professionals. The first section describes the severity of the problem of medical error in the U.S. and outlines the evolution of the patient safety movement. The second section introduces concepts from human factors research that are essential to understanding the complexity of patient safety, and also outlines the importance of a culture of safety. The third section presents three basic strategies to reduce harm: Safety briefings, root cause analysis, and full disclosure. A fourth section addresses three error-prone situations that are common in behavioral health settings: Inadequate assessment of suicide risk, failure to comply with mandatory reporting laws, and failure to detect medical conditions that have psychological symptoms. The final section describes the psychosocial needs of survivors of medical error and their families. This course is intended for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and advanced practice and psychiatric nurses.
- Mental Health Crisis Response 2Course release date: 3/8/2023
About the Course
This course describes people at risk for a mental health crisis, symptoms of people who are experiencing a mental health crisis, and strategies to respond to a client who is currently experiencing a mental health crisis. The role of peer support and community health workers are also defined.
- Pain Management and Opioid Use for New Jersey Healthcare Professionals 1Course Release Date: 6/30/2022
It is critical that all healthcare professionals such as social workers have an understanding of pain management and the potential risks and benefits of using opioid pain medication for its treatment. This course is intended to provide healthcare professionals such as social workers engaged in practice settings that prescribe opioids with an accredited continuing education course designed to satisfy the specific state of New Jersey continuing education requirements and provide an overview of the clinical use of opioids.
- Professional Ethics and Law for New Jersey Social Workers 5Course Release Date: 7/29/2022
In practicing a profession, three interrelated but distinct areas come into play: professional values, ethics, and the law. Although all three areas are related to one another, sometimes they can conflict with one another. Sometimes, also, values can conflict with other values, as can ethics. When ethics conflict, an ethical dilemma results.
When professional values conflict with professional ethics, the organized and generally agreed-upon framework of an ethical code is vital. When ethics and the law collide, it may be necessary to consult the relevant professional organization. The American Medical Association, for example, has become involved when the law required that a physician be present at an execution. The AMA code of ethics explicitly forbids physicians from participating in capital punishment (Henry, 2018).
This intermediate course is intended to provide healthcare professionals such as social workers with an overview of how professional values, ethics, and the law come into play in mental health practice.
- Suicide Risk in Adults: Assessment and Intervention, 2nd Edition 3Course Release Date: 5/10/22
About the Course
The purpose of this course is to assist clinicians in understanding factors that contribute to suicidal behavior, conducting comprehensive suicide risk assessments, and engaging patients in brief, empirically-supported interventions to reduce risk of death. This course meets an increasing demand of many mental health professionals seeking information about working with suicidal clients and conducting empirically-supported suicide risk assessments. This intermediate-level course is designed for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, educators, community-based program administrators, providers, and psychologists. The course will cover major risk factors, demographics and warning signs for suicidal behavior, as well as provide guidance on clinical risk assessment and options for intervention. Although the information presented here is useful to many mental health providers, no continuing education course can provide all the information that may be required in working with each individual who comes for help. It is therefore important that mental health providers consult knowledgeable colleagues, review the most recent articles and books on the topic of suicide, read and understand the risk-management practices of their agency, and maintain awareness of applicable local and state laws concerning the management and referral of suicidal persons. References and resources for those interested in pursuing further education on this topic are provided at the end of the course.