Choosing the Right Tool for a Mental Status Exam

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Date Sep 28, 2015
Time 03:00 PM EDT
Cost $39.00
Are you confident when picking tools from your assessments toolbox? Learn how to choose the correct mental status exam for the situation.

Full Description:
Completing the Mental Status Exam (MSE) is the most important task assumed by any behavioral health clinician. Accurate evaluation can be difficult because psychiatric symptoms often mask life-threatening substance withdrawal and/or serious medical conditions including brain tumors, delirium, head injury, diabetes, thyroid disease, etc. An accurate and efficient MSE is essential to discerning the patient’s true condition, developing an effective treatment plan, and, in extreme cases, saving his or her life.

In this webinar, Tim Webb contrasts the strengths and weaknesses of tools that are commonly used for a MSE. Participants will receive important instructions on choosing the correct assessment tool and using it in an appropriate manner. Mr. Webb will also share tools that he has developed throughout his extensive career in emergency mental health.

Course Includes:
Live Q&A
Presentation Handout
Post session recording access
CE Credit

What You Will Learn:
Describe  the strengths and weaknesses of common MSE tools
Explain how to administer the Folstein MMSE
Determine the appropriate tool for assessing  suicide and violence risk
Analyze the tools used for assessing substance abuse
Identify the steps in administering  the Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment (CIWA) for alcohol withdrawal

Your Presenter:
TIM WEBB, MAEd, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor with over 20 years of experience working with dangerous, suicidal, and violent clients in emergency, outpatient, inpatient, residential, and correctional settings. He provides mobile crisis services in central North Carolina and is the founder and CEO of The FOCUS Group, PLLC, in Clemmons, North Carolina, where he provides counseling and clinical consultation services. As the former Intake Director for the inpatient psychiatric hospital Old Vineyard Behavioral Health, Mr. Webb has developed state-of-the-art assessment tools, interventions, and procedures for working with suicidal, violent, psychotic, and withdrawing clients. As a former Clinical Director, he developed "The Cliff" schemata for assisting clients in understanding risk factor management and developed a highly successful residential treatment model for Wake Forest University Baptist Behavioral Health.

A nationally recognized speaker, Mr. Webb has taught classes on Emergency Mental Health, Completing the Mental Status Exam, Assessing and Treating Suicidal Patients, Dangerous Youth, and Assessing and Treating Sexually Abusive Youth. He has been a featured speaker at both the NC LPC and NC JSA conferences and is a former Vice-Chairman of the North Carolina Association for the Management and Treatment of Sex Offenders. Mr. Webb authored FOCUS on Healthy Sexuality, a workbook for sexually abusive adolescents; FOCUS on Safety, a treatment workbook for clinicians; and Treating Deviant Sexual Interest: A Treatment Protocol, all of which are available for purchase at Mr. Webb earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Education in counseling from Wake Forest University. He receives enthusiastic reviews for his practical, interactive presentation style.

Only registered attendees will have access to CE. A Cross Country Education web account is required to attend. There is no charge for a CCE web account. It is recommended that you join the meeting 15 to 20 minutes early. Speaker phone sound quality is poor and it is recommended that they not be used to listen to the event.

Technical requirements:
To view this webinar you will need to download the WebEx Application. You will be prompted to download it when you first enter the site. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by following this link:

Who Should Attend:
Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Case Managers, Pastoral Counselors/Clergy, Educators


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