• Identify differences between the dementias
  • Accurately diagnose dementias based upon symptomatology and onset
  • Identify effective medications
  • Identify common problems of persons with dementia
  • Identify pharmacological interventions to deal with associated problems
  • Describe considerations when making patient placement/treatment decisions
  • Differentiate between effective and ineffective interventions for persons with dementia
  • List the symptoms common to the dementias
  • Discuss the types of information and education the patient and family require

Based in part on Counselor Toolbox Episode 222 Alzheimer's and Dementias For mental health and addiction counselors (LPC, LMHC, LPCC, LADC, CADC, and counselors in training), social workers (LCSW, LMSW, LSW, RSW), pastoral staff, case managers (CCM) and marriage and family therapists (LMFT)
  • Explore information on the use of the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
  • Identify Key Features in the Formulation and Implementation of a Treatment Plan
  • Understand How to Establish a Therapeutic Alliance
  • Discuss Treatment Settings and Housing Options
  • Identify management concerns in each of the three stages of presentation
  • Identify Special Issues in Caring for Patients With Treatment-Resistant Illness
  • Discuss Clinical Features Influencing the Treatment Plan
  • Identify Pharmacological Treatments
  • List Other Somatic Therapies and Specific Psychosocial Interventions