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Mental Health, Serotonin, Dopamine, and Neurodegenerative Disorders

» Define Neurodegenerative Disorders
» Explore the bidirectional interaction of mood and NDs
» Review the functions of serotonin and dopamine in mood and neurodegenerative disorders
» Describe the symptoms of NDs
» Explore Primary, Secondary and Tertiary prevention of NDs

Trauma Informed, Strengths Based Appproach to Recovery from Borderline Personality

– Review the characteristics of BPD
– Explore the functions of these symptoms
– Identify what may cause these symptoms to develop
– Explore what is maintaining these symptoms (benefits to the client)
– Explore the effects of these symptoms on significant others
– Identify interventions to help the person more effectively manage emotions and relationships

PostPartum Depression

– Define postpartum depression
– Identify signs of postpartum psychosis
– Identify Risk factors of PPD
– Identify screening tools and protocols
– Discuss the impact of PPD on the mother, child and family
– Identify the cause of PPD
– Explore current biopsychosocial interventions for PPD
– Postpartum depression usually occurs in the first 4 to 6 weeks after giving birth, and it is unlikely to get better by itself.
– 50% of patients experienced depression for more than 1 year after childbirth.
– Women who were not receiving clinical treatment, 30% of women with postpartum depression were still depressed up to 3 years after giving birth

Unique Issues of Children in Foster Care

Summary ~ Young traumatized children’s reactions and behaviors are best understood in the context of relationship. ~ Foster care is an active intervention with the goal of helping the young child to recover from their traumatic experience, not just a “place to stay.” ~ The foster/resource parent is an essential partner in the recovery of the young child. ~ Transitions for young children should be carefully planned