Psychiatric Advance Directives

$5.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Advanced

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CE Course Description

A psychiatric or mental health advance directive (PAD) is a legal tool that allows a person with mental illness to state their preferences for treatment in advance of a crisis.  This CE course provides background and practical information on the use of PADs as a tool for promoting self-directed care in psychiatric treatment, making progress toward parity in mental health treatment.

Author:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: A Practical Guide to Psychiatric Advance Directives. Rockville, MD: Center for Mental Health Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2019.

References / Contributions by:

  1. Griswold, K.S., Pastore, P.A., Homish, G.G., & Henke, A. (2010) Access to Primary Care: Are Mental Health Peers Effective in Helping Patients After a Psychiatric Emergency? Primary Psychiatry, 17:42- 45.
  2. Hibbard, J.H., Green, J., (2013). What the evidence shows about patient activation: Better health outcomes and care experiences; fewer data on costs. (2013) Health Affairs, 32: 207-214.
  3. Paskett, E.D., Harrop, J.P., Wells, K.J. (2011). Patient navigation: An update on the state of the science. CA: Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 61:237-249.

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CE Course Objectives

  1. Explain when a PAD goes into effect.
  2. Give three examples of periods when a person may lack capacity.
  3. List three things that an advance instruction does.
  4. Provide the top three common barriers that were reported for not having a PAD.

CE Outline with Main Points

  1. Practical Guide to Psychiatric Advance Directives
  2. Resources and Crisis Planning
  3. Tips for a Healthcare Agent 

Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2023 - 01/03/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 'General' continuing education credits.

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CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 09/30/2019

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