Creating Your Own Study Guide

Being a critical consumer of relevant, evidenced-based literature is essential throughout your professional career. Research and practice go “hand in hand” to better understand how we as providers can deliver best care and treatment. Clients will come to you, trusting that you have the knowledge and skills to help them overcome the obstacles they face. Much of this course requires you to search out relevant literature to complete your assignments. There are several reasons for this, research is ever-changing and advancing our clinical knowledge.

As such, this study guide is fashioned to provide you with specific questions that will direct you to finding the most relevant and updated answers. Its organization is collective and is not categorized by weekly topics; because of this, I encourage you to organize this study guide in a manner that makes sense to you. The answers will come from your required reading and can also be enhanced and found through your own online searching. A good way of ensuring that you finding relevant, evidenced-based literature is to use online search engines like google scholar and your OLLU Library online resource.

(NOTE: Every question of the final exam is on this study guide, so, make sure you use this in your study each week—you will thank yourself in 7 short weeks!)

1. Define Mental Disorders
Significant behavioral or psychological syndromes or patterns that occur in an individual that is associated with present stress or disability or with significantly increased risk of suffering death, pain, disability or an important loss of freedom (p. 12)

2. What is a Dual Diagnosis? Under what circumstances would it be appropriate give a dual diagnosis? (Refer only to DSM IV-R. Check to see how this would be different now)
Dual diagnosis is the term used when a person has a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar and a problem with alcohol and drugs simultaneously, this is also...

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