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Schizophrenia: Practical Strategies for Relapses & Reducing Symptoms
10 CEUs Schizophrenia: Practical Strategies for Relapses & Reducing Symptoms

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Audio Transcript Questions The answer to Question 1 is found in Track 1 of the Course Content. The Answer to Question 2 is found in Track 2 of the Course Content… and so on. Select correct answer from below. Place letter on the blank line before the corresponding question. Do not add any spaces.
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Questions:
1. What are the topics regarding diagnosis that we discussed?
2. What are three of five common negative symptoms of schizophrenia?
3. What are two of five common negative symptoms of schizophrenia?
4. What are topics regarding the stigma of schizophrenia?
5. What are aspects of avoiding relapse?
6. What are the basic steps to developing a relapse prevention plan?
7. What are steps a single family member or close friend can take to make it easier to head off a relapse?
8. What are specific coping strategies for positive symptoms of schizophrenic psychosis?
9. What are skills for communicating effectively?
10. What are strategies for managing conflict?
11. What are topics regarding anger in schizophrenia?
12. What are basic cognitive skills?
13. What are the stages of enjoyment?
14. What are three of seven basic guidelines that can assist either the therapist or a family member in improving independent living and self-care for a client with schizophrenia?
Answers:
A.   finding help, developing stronger relationships with the treatment team, and joining a self help advocacy association.
B.  Schneider’s Guidelines for Suspicion of Schizophrenia, symptoms of schizophrenia, and subtypes of schizophrenia. 
C. attention and concentration, information processing speed, memory and learning, executive functions, and social cognition.   
D. reality testing, self talk, and coping when losing control.
E.  social withdrawal and reduced social performance.
F. getting to the point, directly expressing feelings, giving positive feedback, making positive requests, checking out feelings, and taking breaks.  
G. discussing the reasons a specific skill area is important, agreeing on specific steps of the
skill to work on, setting goals, demonstrating skills, practicing the skill, agreeing on a plan for the client to try the skill on his or her own, and planning follow-up. 
H. signs of relapse, decreasing stress and dating, and other healthy habits that can help prevent relapse.   
I.  anticipation, savoring the experience, and reminiscing.
J.  avoiding blame, speaking calmly, being concise, discovering points of view, and focusing on the present.
K.  deciding how to conduct a family meeting for preventing relapses, discussing past relapses, discussing past stressful experiences, and putting together a relapse prevention plan. 
L. apathy, incongruous emotional responses and reductions in speech.
M.  anger related to delusions, strategies for coping with anger, and problem solving strategies for clients with schizophrenia.
N. prejudice, stereotypes, and who to tell.

Course Content Manual Questions The Answer to Question 15 is found in Section 15 of the Course Content… and so on. Select correct answer from below. Place letter on the blank line before the corresponding question.
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Questions:
15. What are important aspects of therapy with a schizophrenic client?
16. How does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy address hallucinatory voices?
17. According to Rector, what are common characteristics of delusional thinking?
18. What is the final aim in working with voice content in cognitive therapy for hallucinations?
19. What are aspects of the cognitive approach to treating negative symptoms?
20. According to Hogarty, what are important reasons for impaired social functioning in schizophrenics?
21. What are the components of Behavior Family Therapy?
22. What are ways in which stigma harms people with a mental illness?
23. According to Corrigan, why is the "stability" quality of stereotypes especially problematic for health conditions?
24. What are ways in which the stigma that results from diagnosis may be reduced?
25. In Harkavy-Friedman’s study, what were the most common reasons schizophrenics attempted suicide?
26. What is meant by a stress-diathesis model of suicidality?
Answers:
A. deficits in attention and verbal memory.
B.  This model proposes that certain clients have less resilience when coping with problems in living and that certain changes in psychological states or environmental conditions increase vulnerability to extreme negative emotional states.
C. 1. an egocentric bias, 2. an intentionalizing bias; 3. a tendency to jump to conclusions.
D.  This quality suggests that people with specific disorders do not recover from those disorders. This can lead to unnecessarily pessimistic attitudes about prognosis and the treatment efficacy.
E. 1. depression; 2. disturbance from psychotic symptoms; 3. response to command hallucinations; 4. an effort to "escape."
F. The final aim is to help patients recognize that the voices simply reflect either their own attitudes about themselves or those they imagine others to have about them.
G. 1. understand diagnosis as a continuum; 2. have contact with the individual; 3. replace assumptions of poor prognosis with models of recovery
H. 1. behavioral self-monitoring; 2. activity scheduling; 3. mastery and pleasure ratings; 4. graded task assignments; 5. assertiveness-training methods.
I.  The therapist asks the patient to record when and where the voices occur, who is speaking, what they are saying, what makes the voices come and go, and what feelings they inspire. The aim is to convince the patient that his or her own mind is generating these perceptions of being attacked and humiliated.
J. family education about schizophrenia, training in problem-solving skills and communication skills.
K.  1. social skills training; 2. cognitive rehabilitation; 3. family education and management.
L. 1. label avoidance, 2. blocked life goals, and 3. self-stigma


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