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Unmasking Psychological Symptoms: How Therapists Can Learn to Recognize the Psychological Presentation of Medical Disorders

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"Unmasking Psychological Symptoms: How Therapists Can Learn to Recognize the Psychological Presentation of Medical Disorders"

The purpose of this course is to help clinicians identify when there is evidence for an underlying organic condition to refer patients for medical workup when necessary. This is accomplished by addressing needs that many therapists experience regarding; how the signs and symptoms of organic disorders can masquerade as mental conditions; how to recognize a need for medical referral; and how to work in collaboration with the patient, the family, and other health care providers to see the referral through to a satisfactory conclusion. These goals are achieved through clear and informative writing, the introduction of numerous case examples, and by avoiding unnecessary medical jargon while still conveying sophisticated scientific clinical knowledge. The course is specially structured so as to introduce diverse information in manageable portions and to cycle back to examine it from a variety of perspectives.


John Wiley & Sons Inc.

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Course Material Author

Barbara Schildkrout, MD

Barbara Schildkrout, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has a subspecialty Board Certification through the United Council for Neurological Subspecialties in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. In addition to many years spent teaching at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Schildkrout has maintained a private clinical practice in the Boston area for over twenty-five years.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially clinicians practicing in the areas of psychology, counseling, and social worker, who seek to identify and understand the symptoms of medical conditions that may accompany or even mimic psychological problems. The course is appropriate for an intermediate to advanced level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify characteristics of somatic diseases that make them difficult to detect.

  2. Apply information obtained from patient history and the clinical interview to develop a diagnose.

  3. Identify specific physical and mental signs and symptoms and their recognizable patterns in order to inform the diagnostic process.

  4. Review patient history and mental status exam findings when diagnosis and treatment fail.

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American Psychological Association (APA)

CE Learning Systems is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

Our Provider Number: 1020

CE Learning Systems, provider #1020, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/23/2019 – 2/23/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 15 clinical continuing education credit(s).

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Our Provider Number: 107243

This course has been approved by CE Learning Systems, service provider of, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #107243, CE Learning Systems is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

NASP accepts 30 CPD credits of sequenced self-study per each three year renewal.

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Our Provider Number: 17-1460

CE Learning Systems dba has been approved to offer Continuing Education credit for Certified Addiction Specialists (CAS) in accordance with the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders. Approval No. 17-1460.

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Unmasking Psychological Symptoms

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Course Number 102123
15 credit hours
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