Psychology: Schizophrenia: Diagnosis & Treatment, 2nd Edition

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Release Date: February 26, 2016
Expiration Date: February 26, 2021

Mental health and mental illness are difficult concepts to define. Both health and illness have a basis in society's cultural, moral, ethical, and spiritual beliefs, providing a wide framework for understanding. As difficult as it may be to arrive at a universal definition of mental illness, certain elements are associated with how mental illness is perceived regardless of one's psychosocial heritage. Individuals in society evaluate another person's health within a specific cultural context and by the comprehensibility of that person's actions. Perhaps no other mental illness is as devastating and difficult to understand as schizophrenia. Affecting almost 1% of the population worldwide, the disorder knows no gender, ethnic, or cultural boundaries. For various reasons, mental illness has become increasingly visible. As society has advanced in medicine and technology, industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and globalization, the demand for healthcare services, and mental health services in particular, has greatly increased. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans has a diagnosable mental disorder. As a result, clinicians in a variety of practice settings are caring for clients with mental health issues and illnesses such as schizophrenia.

This course provides the reader with an overview of schizophrenia, including its etiology, signs and symptoms, and treatment. Designed for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists, this intermediate-level course will provide clinicians with current information under DSM-5 about schizophrenia and will suggest therapeutic interventions to assist them when working with clients who have schizophrenia.

Social Workers completing this course receive 3 clinical social work continuing education credits. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe schizophrenia, including the illness's epidemiology and etiology
  • Describe the clinical presentation of clients diagnosed with schizophrenia
  • Explain treatment modalities used when working with clients who have schizophrenia
  • Identify relapse-prevention strategies


Catherine Gilbert, EdD, RN, is currently a faculty member in the Department of Nursing at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, and has more than 30 years of nursing experience. She has been teaching mental health nursing to undergraduate and post-RN nursing students since 1991 and continues to work in the emergency department with the psychiatric crisis team performing emergency psychiatric evaluations.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content
  • Brandon Abbs has disclosed that he has a financial relationship with the following companies: Shire PLC, TESARO, Inc., Alkermes, Inc., and Seeking Alpha, a crowd-sourced content service for financial markets. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence through its peer-review process.

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