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Conducting an Effective Mental Status Exam & Risk Assessment

  • Maximize the exam to ensure correct diagnosis
  • Recognize indicators of violence
  • Make decisions about appropriate treatment settings
  • Strengthen your core diagnostic skills
  • Write clear, comprehensive reports
  • Discover a systematic strategy for risk assessment

Watch this recording and learn the essentials of a good mental status exam. Understand how it supports your diagnostic decisions and shapes your treatment plan and interventions. A well conducted mental status exam becomes the cornerstone of accurate diagnosis and effective treatment planning. This seminar is guaranteed to sharpen your interview and diagnostic skills. You will discover the rationale behind this, and learn to use it as an effective tool to help the patient tell their experience. As the patient reveals their inner experience you will uncover the symptoms of mental disorders.

In addition to the identification of mental illnesses, a well conducted mental status exam helps you identify individuals who represent danger to themselves and others. Learn what the signs are for potential violence and as well as the appropriate clinical response.


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Brooks W. Baer
5 Hours 43 Minutes
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07 Jun, 2012
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 5.5 hours CPD.



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Brooks W. Baer, MA, LCPC, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been involved in the mental health field for over 25 years. He has well over 20,000 therapy hours and has conducted over 5,000 diagnostic interviews in emergency department settings. Brooks has been a student of CBT for the past 20 years and has logged thousands of hours with a wide variety of patient populations. He has successfully used these principles in hundreds of cases and understands the real world application of this effective treatment modality. You will benefit from his technical understanding of these theories as well as his clinical expertise. 

Since 2006, Brooks has taught seminars to more than 8,000 mental health professionals across the country. He currently splits his time between an Emergency Crisis Response team and teaching. Brooks brings you the latest research regarding both therapy and neuroscience; using his extensive clinical experience, he's able to translate that information into useful principles that can be used every day.
He encourages questions and discussion in order to insure that those who attend his seminars obtain the information they need to be more effective in their various roles. Brooks' use of humor, relevant examples and his ability to elicit lively audience interaction helps make a tough subject "Fun" ... the day will "Fly".

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Brooks Baer is in private practice. He receives compensation as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Great Falls. Mr. Baer receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Brooks Baer has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  • Gain an understanding of the purpose of the mental status exam.
  • Strengthen your core diagnostic skills.
  • Summarize what each section of the mental status exam is intended toreveal to you.
  • Enhance your ability to write a mental status exam in a professional manner.
  • Recognize precursors to violent behavior.
  • Recognize precursors to suicide.


Written Sections of a Psychiatric Evaluation

  • Subjective
  • Chief complaint
  • History of present illness or symptoms
  • Social or family history
  • Review of systems

Appearance, Attitude, Activity & Movement


  • Six clusters of terms to describe mood and affect


  • Terms to describe parameters of affect

Thought Processes

  • Positive and Negative symptoms
  • Abnormalities of thought process
  • Less common abnormalities
  • Abnormalities of thought content and perception
    • Types of delusions
  • Types of obsessions
    • Diagnostic significance of obsession and preoccupations
  • Abstraction
  • Concreteness

Speech and Language

  • Fluency of speech
  • Repetition
  • Comprehension
  • Naming
  • Prosody
  • Quality of speech


  • Depersonalization
  • Derealization
  • Hallucinations: auditory, command, & visual
    • Tactile
    • Gustatory
    • Olfactory


  • Elements of intact cognition
  • Attention and concentration
  • Deficits in attention and focus
  • Short-term memory
  • Long-term memory
  • Confabulation
  • Semantic memory

Insight and Judgment

Defense Mechanisms

  • Mature, neurotic, immature, & psychotic


Essential Elements of Danger to Self

  • History
  • Predictive value of previous attempts
  • Stated intent
  • Psychosocial risk factors
  • Specific suicide inquiry

Essential Elements of Danger to Others

  • History
    • Affective violence
    • Instrumental violence
  • Stated intent
  • Ego syntonic vs. ego dystonic
  • Psychosis

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Nurses, Case Managers, Outpatient Therapists, Addiction Counselors, School Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.3

Total Reviews: 70


Jennifer K - BOSTON, Massachusetts

"Great presentation. He gave me material that I have remembered for months."

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