In celebration of Earth Week 2011, Professional Development Resources is contributing to the Billion Acts of Green movement by spotlighting the environmental benefits of a green education and offering special pricing on a number of its online courses. We invite our customers to join in by taking courses online instead of traveling to seminars and downloading and viewing on screen instead of consuming paper goods. Downloading is 90% more Earth-friendly than shipping packaged courses. If downloading our courses seems daunting, don’t worry! We’ve got the information and instructions to take you through downloading, completing and earning credit for courses:
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The following online courses are being offered at 50% off regular price in honor of Earth Week:
Alcohol and Intimate Partner Violence | 2-Hour Online Course | Reg $24 | Go Green Promotion $12! | This course, which was developed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), is focused on the definitions, profiles, detection and treatment of intimate partner violence (IPV) that is associated with alcohol abuse. It explores the complex relationship between alcohol and intimate partner violence for both victims and perpetrators, addressing various models that attempt to explain this relationship. The course describes the signs of alcohol-related intimate partner violence and a number of techniques for assessing and intervening with individuals who might be affected by or engaging in alcohol-related intimate partner violence. Appendices include the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST), a danger assessment protocol, and a beginning dialogue for an interviewing technique that clinicians can use to initiate a discussion about alcohol and IPV. NIAAA | 2005 | 24 pages | Course #20-23
Diagnosing ADHD in Adults | 3-Hour Online Course | Reg $42 | Go Green Promotion $21! | This course will describe the unique ways in which the symptoms of ADHD manifest in adults, including the distinction between attention deficit and attention regulation. It also includes a discussion about the difficulties of accurately diagnosing ADHD in adults and the reasons the disorder is simultaneously over- and under-diagnosed. The DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for ADHD – as they apply to adult functioning – are placed into a context of the actual “soft signs” that can help clinicians identify areas of functional weakness for clients with ADHD. The author lists and details the components of a comprehensive diagnostic interview and emphasizes the value of collateral sources of historical information needed to establish an accurate diagnosis. Various formal assessment instruments are described, along with commentary about their utility in the diagnosis of adult ADHD. Finally, there is a section on the important area of comorbid conditions like depression and anxiety that frequently obscure and/or accompany ADHD. 2007 | 32 pages | 20 posttest questions | Course #30-38
Dysphagia: Guide to Establishing a Restorative Mealtime Program | 2-Hour Online Course | Reg $28 | Go Green Promotion $14! | This course will enable therapists in long-term care or post-acute rehabilitation facilities to present staff training that offers strategies and techniques for implementing a Restorative Mealtime Program for the purpose of making dining safe and enjoyable, increasing resident independence at mealtimes, and managing decreases in ability as disease processes progress. Also included are descriptions of dysphagic indicators, lists of aspiration precautions, methods for ascertaining needed levels of assistance, case studies, and a method for monitoring adherence to swallow safety standards. The author includes useful forms, checklists, and diagrams with limited permission for course participants to reproduce handouts for their own use in daily practice. Course #20-26 | 2010 | 34 pages | 20 posttest questions
PTSD – What is It? | 1-Hour Online Course | Reg $12 | Go Green Promotion $6! | This course provides an overview of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It describes the diagnostic criteria, prevalence of PTSD in veteran and civilian samples, comorbid conditions, longitudinal course, and risk factors. Empirically validated treatment options are briefly discussed. The course is based on one of a series of activities from the Department of Veterans Affairs – National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD 101 curriculum. PTSD 101 is a web-based curriculum of diverse topics focusing on issues related to combat stress/PTSD. This course consists of the speaker’s original lecture and selected slides transcribed verbatim without editorial modifications. 2007 | 16 pages | 15 posttest questions | Course #10-24
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