Oregon HIV and Mental Health


About the Course

The learning objectives for this course are as follows:
  • Explain how the risk groups for HIV/AIDS today are different than they were 20 years ago.
  • List and describe some complementary treatments that may benefit the individual with HIV.
  • Explain the role of outreach in client care and the types of barriers that prevent clients from keeping appointments or continuing to receive services.
  • Discuss the clinical assessment for clients triply diagnosed with HIV, a mental disorder, and a substance abuse disorder.
  • List some of the types of questions that may be helpful in assessing the client's:
    • Social supports.
    • Coping skills.
    • Medical care.
    • Quality of life.

  • Discuss some of the practices that increase the likelihood of a successful assessment experience.
  • Discuss the role of standardized measures in clinical assessment of the HIV client.
  • List and describe four types of neuropsychiatric complications and provide an example of each.
  • List and describe some of the common medical complications of HIV infection and provide an example of each.

About the Author

  • Wade T. Lijewski, Ph.D.

    With a passion for psychology, child welfare, and quality improvement, Dr. Lijewski has served in various leadership roles within the field of child welfare for over 15 years. He currently serves as a regional director of quality management for a statewide child welfare agency in Florida, an author for Elite Professional Education, and an associate professor for University of Phoenix; teaching psychology courses at the Orlando campus. 

    Dr. Lijewski obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Michigan State University and later went on to obtain his Master of Science degree in Psychology and Doctorate in Psychology with a major in Organizational Psychology through Walden University.  He has presented on his thesis and dissertation at multiple state and national child welfare conferences and has utilized this platform to initiate positive changes to the quality of foster parent training in Florida as well as retention efforts related to child welfare dependency case managers.  Dr. Lijewski also serves on the advisory board for the Florida Certification Board.

    Despite a busy schedule, Dr. Lijewski likes spending time with his wife and three children; often enjoying theme parks and sporting events together.

    Christopher Cronin, Ph.D.

    Dr. Cronin received his BS in psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Delaware. He completed his internship at the University of California, Davis in the Department of Psychiatry at the University Medical Center in Sacramento. He also completed a Post-doctoral Certificate in Clinical Psychopharmacology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a MS in criminal justice at Saint Leo University.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist and has held academic positions in Europe, Australia and the United States. He has practiced forensic psychology since 1991 conducting competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility evaluations for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and has conducted over 5000 court-ordered forensic evaluations in the Tampa Bay area. In addition to various journal articles, he is the editor of a textbook titled, Military Psychology: An Introduction (2nd ed.) which was translated into Chinese, and author of the textbook, Forensic Psychology: An

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