Understanding and Coping with the Mentally Disordered, 8 hours
Some of the most challenging clients are those who are mentally disordered, many of whom also use illegal drugs and alcohol. This survey course covers mental disorders, symptomatic behaviors, and the danger level to the officer. How to speak to this population is also a central focus of this course. Mentally disordered people often mix psychotropic (drugs prescribed for mental disorders and psychoactive drugs (those that get you “high”). This course provides the opportunity to become familiar with both types of drugs. Many times confidentiality keeps officers from knowing mental illness diagnoses, but when you know about prescription drugs, and noticeable, observed symptoms, you can usually get a sense of the inferred diagnosis. Understanding and Coping with the Mentally Disordered helps probation officers sort out client behaviors.