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Digital Seminar

Psychiatric Emergencies: How to Accurately Assess and Manage the Patient in Crisis


  • Violent and aggressive behavior
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Psychotic emergencies including psychosis-related to medical conditions
  • Substance-related emergencies; intoxication and withdrawal
  • Traumatic stress reactions
  • Emergencies related to mood and anxiety disorders
  • Family crises

You are expected to rapidly form a therapeutic alliance, rule out medical conditions, accurately assess symptoms and appropriate dispositions. These situations necessitate a “fast pace” that demands astute judgment and clinical skills. Watch this practical seminar on psychiatric emergencies and you will receive critical information and skills you need to manage these situations effectively.


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Deborah Antai-Otong
5 Hours 54 Minutes
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Nov 17, 2014
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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 5.75 hours CPD.



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Deborah Antai-Otong, MS, CNS-BC, Psychiatric MH Nurse Practitioner, FAAN, is a Board certified specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing; a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, author and national speaker on psychosocial and mental health organizational consultative topics including addiction, depression, bipolar disorder, psychopharmacology, and psychiatric emergencies. In addition to having authored multiple publications in book chapters and journals, Ms. Antai-Otong has authoredPsychiatric Nursing: Biological and Behavioral ConceptsPsychiatric Emergencies: How to Accurately Assess and Manage the Patient in Crisis,Nurse-Client Communication: A Life Span Approach; and Psychiatric Nursing Pocket Guide. She is also on several editorial boards and is a manuscript reviewer for nursing and non-nursing refereed journals. She is a nationally-sought speaker and mental health consultant.


A lifelong learner, she received her undergraduate BSN degree in nursing and Master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Texas Woman’s University and Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health certificate from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has extensive clinical experience in psychiatric emergencies and organizational consultation.




Financial: Deborah Antai-Otong is a Continuous Readiness Officer for the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 17. She is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties. Ms. Antai-Otong receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.


Nonfinancial: Deborah Antai-Otong is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and the International Society for Psychiatric Nurses.

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  • Describe psychiatric emergencies arising from psychotic disorders.
  • Assess intoxication and withdrawal symptoms of major psychoactive drugs.
  • Differentiate symptoms of delirium and dementia.
  • Distinguish medical and psychiatric causes of psychosis.
  • Outline major de-escalating measures in potentially violent patients.
  • Design a plan of care for a patient presenting with a psychiatric emergency.
  • Compile populations at risk for suicide and homicide.
  • Designate measures that reduce the aftermath of emotional trauma in healthcare professionals.


The Psychosocial Assessment

  • Differential Diagnosis

Legal Implications

Psychotic Disorders Emergencies

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder, Manic Episode
  • Psychosis Related to General Medical Condition
    • Delirium
    • Other medical conditions
      • Endocrine disorders
      • Cardiovascular disorders
      • Pulmonary disorders
    • Dementia
      • Alzheimer’s disease

Alcohol-Related Emergencies

  • Intoxication
  • Withdrawal
    • Delirium tremens
  • Acute Stage
    • Detoxification
    • Medical interventions
  • Stabilization Stage

Drug-Related Emergencies

  • Stimulants that Affect the Central Nervous System
    • Cocaine
    • Amphetamine
    • PCP
    • Hallucinogens
    • LSD
  • Acute Management
  • Stabilization

Managing Violent/Aggressive Behaviors

Self-destructive Behaviors

  • The Suicidal Client
  • Suspect drug overdose
  • The Homicidal Client
  • The Self-mutilating Client

Mood Disorders: Emergencies

Anxiety Disorder: Emergencies

Trauma Emergencies

  • Domestic Violence Survivor
  • Rape Survivor
  • Acute Stress Reaction

Family Crises

  • Child and Adolescent
  • Geriatric Emergencies
  • Crisis Intervention
    • Individual
    • Couple
    • Family

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Target Audience

Counselors, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers and other Mental Health Professionals



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