South Carolina Mental Health Treatment for Persons with Substance Abuse Issues and HIV/AIDS


About the Course

The learning objectives for this course are as follows:
  • Identify the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in persons with HIV/AIDS.
  • Identify common mental disorders in HIV-infected clients.
  • List the best techniques for assessment of mental health issues in persons with HIV/AIDS.
  • Describe the pharmacological treatments available for mental health disorders.
  • List the risks for abuse of psychiatric medications.
  • Describe the risks for suicide and self-harm in persons who are HIV-infected.
  • Identify the types of counseling best-suited for persons who have HIV/AIDS.

    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.

    Marvin C. Chaffin, II, M.S., LMCH

    Marvin C. Chaffin, II, M.S., LMCH, a licensed Mental Health Counselor for over 10 years, is the Director of Lakeview Center in Pensacola, FL where he serves as co-chair of the Clinical Practice Committee and chairperson of the Clinical Training Committee.  Mr. Chaffin obtained his Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Development from Troy State University.   His experience includes management of adult substance abuse treatment facilities, extensive experience in behavioral health accreditation standards, as well as expertise in formulating systems and protocols to facilitate ease of access to service. He is a firm believer in the recovery process and a staunch advocate for individuals with addictive disorders.

    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

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