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On Alert for Long-Haul COVID-19: What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know
Recorded on March 11, 2022
On Demand Education
Free
2.75 CE Hours
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Description

All aspects of treating COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic have by necessity been done at one point, or another as a “flying by the seat of the pants” endeavor. Fortunately, scientists have researched the disease and developed treatments and vaccines created medications, and learned ways to mitigate its transmission. However recently more evidence has accumulated and been reported in medical literature around the existence of Long-Haul COVID-19.

While medical professionals are learning how to treat the physical symptoms, little is known about the treatment of the mental health aspects of Long-Haul COVID-19. The purpose of this seminar is to provide information on treatments that have been found to help patients with Long-Haul COVID mental health concerns as well as how to integrate what we know from the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic and the treatment of mental health issues caused by other lifelong debilitating diseases to best serve these patients. 

The goal of this webinar is to provide a solid foundation of knowledge and treatments to address the mental health of patients suffering the ravages of Long-Term COVID-19. From this foundation, clinicians can immediately begin to treat patients while expanding their knowledge as more is learned about the disease and its treatment. 

Since COVID-19 is a new disease that did not exist two years ago, there are few if any experts in the treatment of mental health issues associated with it. However, Dr. Kevin Blake has spent his career helping adults with chronic debilitating disabilities (Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Specific Learning Disorders, and neurodevelopment disorders). He is highly experienced with installing hope in patients and their families as well as aiding those individuals in developing life plans and finding services for their needs. 

During the pandemic, he has scoured the literature and studied the most current information from the top researchers on what is known about the treatment of mental health concerns of patients with Long-Haul COVID-19. In this three-hour webinar, he brings you, the clinician on the front line, this information along with knowledge gained from his vast experience. It is hoped this information will give you a place to immediately begin to assist and treat your clients with such difficulties. 

Target Audience
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify two of the discoveries of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic that are relevant to the current pandemic
  2. Describe two long-haul symptoms, or conditions that may have been the result of having Spanish Flu infection
  3. Describe two mental health illnesses that may be related to viruses
  4. Name three medical conditions that may be mistakenly diagnosed as mental health disorders
  5. Describe at least 3 symptoms related to long-haul COVID-19
  6. Describe how Epstein bar virus, chronic fatigue, POTS may be related to long-haul COVID-19
  7. Explain what it means for the “therapist” to serve as a case manager for the long-haul patient with COVID-19
  8. Explain what it means to “teach self-education skills”
  9. Describe 3 specific skills a “therapist” can use to help the long-haul COVID-19 patient
  10. Identify the type of legal professional that can be quite helpful to the long-haul COVID-19 patient
CE Details
Introductory
General

TPN.health, #1766, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/31/2022 – 03/31/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 2.75 continuing education credits.

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0654.

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LPCCs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0220.

This course has been approved by TPN.health, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #198061, TPN.health is responsible for all aspects of the programming. Counselor Skill Group: Legal, Ethical and Professional Development.

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0097.

TPN.health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CE Policy
TPN.health and this educator have no conflicts of interest and have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents.
Dr. Kevin Blake

Dr. Kevin Blake is a licensed psychologist who has spent his career working primarily with adults with specific learning disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and/or autism spectrum disorder as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders. During his thirty years of practice, he has learned how to help people with symptoms and disorders that are difficult to diagnose and treat.

Dr. Blake personally knows the shock and ramifications of being diagnosed with a debilitating disease for which there is no known medical treatment and nothing science can do to help. In his early 30’s he was diagnosed with what was then called Chronic Epstein-Barr Syndrome. He was told it was very likely he would be unable to work or care for himself for the rest of his life. His doctor stated, “you may have to be placed indefinitely in a long-term care facility.” Fortunately, with time, he improved and after many months he recovered. Additionally, Dr. Blake has close family members with rare autoimmune disorders that took years to diagnose and treat. His personal and professional experience has given him a unique insight into the psychological suffering of those with Long-Haul COVID-19.

Dr. Blake is a caring and engaging speaker who keeps abreast of the latest research and the development of new treatments. He is a competitive cyclist who lives with his wife, a retired psychologist, and two dogs in Tucson, Arizona.

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