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

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Questions:
1. What are the three 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 three topics regarding the stigma of schizophrenia?
5. What are three aspects of avoiding relapse?
6. What are the four basic steps to developing a relapse prevention plan?
7. What are three steps a single family member or close friend can take to make it easier to head off a relapse?
8. What are three specific coping strategies for positive symptoms of schizophrenic psychosis?
9. What are six skills for communicating effectively?
10. What are five strategies for managing conflict?
11. What are three topics regarding anger in schizophrenia?
12. What are five basic cognitive skills?
13. What are the three 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.  The three steps a single family member or close friend can take are finding help, developing stronger relationships with the treatment team, and joining a self help advocacy association.
B.  The three topics we discussed are Schneider’s Guidelines for Suspicion of Schizophrenia, symptoms of schizophrenia, and subtypes of schizophrenia. 
C. Five basic cognitive skills are attention and concentration, information processing speed, memory and learning, executive functions, and social cognition.   
D. Three specific coping strategies for positive symptoms of schizophrenic psychosis are reality testing, self talk, and coping when losing control.
E.  Two common negative symptoms of schizophrenia are social withdrawal and reduced social performance.
F. The six skills for communicating effectively are getting to the point, directly expressing feelings, giving positive feedback, making positive requests, checking out feelings, and taking breaks.  
G.  The seven guidelines for improving independent living and self-care are 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.  Three aspects of avoiding relapse are signs of relapse, decreasing stress and dating, and other healthy habits that can help prevent relapse.   
I.  The three stages of enjoyment are anticipation, savoring the experience, and reminiscing.
J.  Five strategies for managing conflict are avoiding blame, speaking calmly, being concise, discovering points of view, and focusing on the present.
K.  The four steps are 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. Three of five common negative symptoms of schizophrenia are apathy, incongruous emotional responses and reductions in speech.
M.  Three topics regarding anger in schizophrenia are anger related to delusions, strategies for coping with anger, and problem solving strategies for clients with schizophrenia.
N.  Three topics regarding the stigma of schizophrenia are 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 three important aspects of therapy with a schizophrenic client?
16. How does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy address hallucinatory voices?
17. According to Rector, what are three common characteristics of delusional thinking?
18. What is the final aim in working with voice content in cognitive therapy for hallucinations?
19. What are five aspects of the cognitive approach to treating negative symptoms?
20. According to Hogarty, what are two important reasons for impaired social functioning in schizophrenics?
21. What are the three components of Behavior Family Therapy?
22. What are three 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 three ways in which the stigma that results from diagnosis may be reduced?
25. In Harkavy-Friedman’s study, what were the four most common reasons schizophrenics attempted suicide?
26. What is meant by a stress-diathesis model of suicidality?
Answers:
A.  Two important reasons are 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. Three common characteristics are: 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. Four main reasons were: 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.  Three solutions are: 1. understand diagnosis as a continuum; 2. have contact with the individual; 3. replace assumptions of poor prognosis with models of recovery
H.  Five aspects are: 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. Three components of BFT are: family education about schizophrenia, training in problem-solving skills and communication skills.
K.  Three important aspects are: 1. social skills training; 2. cognitive rehabilitation; 3. family education and management.
L. Three ways are: 1. label avoidance, 2. blocked life goals, and 3. self-stigma


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