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Mental Health Awareness

A paradigm for understanding mental illness


Using a stress vulnerability model, this class explains mental illness as a set of symptoms which are adaptive responses which may appear as disconnection from objective reality. Sometimes this appears as anxiety, depression, or more severe symptoms sets like dissociation and panic. Through the lens of stress management, we explain and show how mental health disorders present with tips for de-escalation, grounding, and calming the situation.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the nature of stress and the brain

  • How connecting activates the person’s “thinking brain”

  • Examine mental health symptoms through the lens of dissociation

  • Practice simple grounding techniques

  • Tips for safe interventions

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work
     2.0 CEUs   (CEP-275)  

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy   
     LADC: 2.0 CEUs (2021.CE.ADC.025)
     LPC/LPCC: 2.0 CEUs (2021.CE.035)

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