Quantum Units Education: New CEU Courses

Skills for Psychological Recovery Following Disaster and Trauma

Individuals affected by a disaster or traumatic incident, whether survivors, witnesses, or responders to such events, may struggle with or face new challenges in the weeks and months following the event.  This CE course is designed to help survivors gain skills to reduce ongoing distress and effectively cope with post-disaster stresses and adversities.

Psychotherapeutic Medication Guidelines for Adults

This CE course provides evidence-based recommendations for prescribing psychotherapeutic medication to treat severe mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia, and to inform and support health care professionals in making treatment decisions that maximize benefit and minimize harm to patients.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity

This CEU course provides background on key developments in parity, explains what MHPAEA and the ACA require, discusses the impact of recent parity policy changes, and offers an overview of enforcement activities.  Also included are recommendations offered by the Task Force to advance parity in mental health and substance use disorder health benefits.

For more information on these new courses and many more, visit Quantum Units Education

Study to Follow Children Through Teen Years to Look at Development, Substance Use

A new nationwide study will follow thousands of children for 10 years, starting in elementary school, in an attempt to answer questions about the risks and protective factors for adolescent substance use on the developing brain. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study will track exposure to substances (including nicotine, alcohol and marijuana), academic achievement, cognitive skills, mental health, brain structure and function, and many other variables.

By starting with youth before adolescence, the scientists will be able to assess the effects of the age of different experiences (trauma, poor nutrition, substance use) on brain development.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will begin with 11,500 children ages 9 and 10, before they start substance use, at 19 sites around the country. Recruitment for the trial is scheduled to launch in September.

Full story of tracking children aging exposure to substance abuse  at drugfree.org

Quantum Units Eduation: New CEUs

The HIV Clinic – Providing Quality Care

This CEU course provides health care professionals working with the HIV-infected population information on supporting patients in care, clinical management, quality improvement, Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau performance measures, HIV care in correctional settings, and patient education.

Youth in Foster Care – Assessment of Work Preparation

How youth in foster care who participated in the Multi-Site Evaluation of Foster Youth Programs Life Skills Training Program rated their preparedness for work at age 17 is described in this short CEU course, as well as exploring whether their assessments accurately predict employment two years later.  Also examined is whether youth who feel more prepared for work actually are more prepared at age 19.

Therapeutic Communities

Therapeutic communities are a common form of long-term residential treatment for substance use disorders.  This CEU course discusses the therapeutic community approach, the effectiveness of therapeutic communities, fundamental components, methods of providing treatment, treating populations with special needs, and integration of therapeutic communities into the criminal justice system.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

The toxic stress that results from trauma often negatively influences brain development and attachment systems, and can greatly impact individuals and societies. This CE course was developed based on Bessel van der Kolk MD’s most recent book on body/mind trauma and healing and draws on more than 30 years of research and clinical practice to show how the terror and isolation that is at the core of trauma literally reshapes both the brain and body. New insights into our survival instincts explain why traumatized people experience incomprehensible anxiety and numbing as well as intolerable rage, and how trauma affects their capacity to concentrate, to remember, to form trusting relationships, and even to feel at home in their own bodies.

For more on these new ceu courses and many more, visit Quantum Units Education

NFL and ex-players reach deal in concussion lawsuit

Thousands of former football players and their families reached a settlement with the National Football League on Thursday in a lawsuit that put concussions, and their impact on the brain, under the microscope.

The deal calls for the NFL to pay $765 million to fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation, medical research for retired NFL players and their families, and litigation expenses, according to a court document filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

The agreement still needs to be approved by the judge assigned to the case, which involved more than 4,500 plaintiffs.

“It’s been a struggle to get to this point, but today I will say I’m very proud that the NFL has decided to stand up for all the former players who are suffering from brain injuries,” Kevin Turner, a former NFL running back who has been diagnosed with ALS, said during a teleconference.

“Today is so important for those who are … hurting. This will bring help for them today.”

The case mediator, former U.S. District Judge Layn Phillips, called it “a historic agreement, one that will make sure that former NFL players who need and deserve compensation will receive it, and that will promote safety for players at all levels of football.”

“My hope is that any players or ex-players that are suffering, or begin to suffer, from symptoms of dementia, will be taken care of in a respectable manner through this settlement,” said Chris Dronett, one of the plaintiffs, whose husband Shane Dronett committed suicide in 2009 at age 38.

Full story of NFL’s concussion lawsuit at CNN Health

Beedie Savage – President of Quantum Units Education

QUANTUM UNITS EDUCATION: New CEUs from our APA Approved Sponsor

NEW QUANTUM LOGOQuantum Units Education has an all new category of CEU Courses available. Courses are offered by our APA (American Psychological Association) approved Sponsor. These courses are also approved for many other licensed and certified professionals throughout the United States that were unable to take courses from Quantum in the past such as Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). So be sure to check out our State CEU approvals page to find out if your state board accepts courses offered by an approved sponsor of the American Psychological Association. Certificates issued for these courses will bear the name of our APA approved sponsor TeachME Professional Development, a subsidiary owned by Quantum.

See Our all New APA Sponsor Approved CEUs – New courses will be added to this new category monthly so stay tuned!

Below is a list of the courses available under this category:

Bullying In Schools: An Overview

Childhood Exposure to Family Violence

Electronic Aggression and Cyber-Bullying

Ethics for Psychologists

Reactive Attachment Disorder

Research Trends in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Trauma-Focused CBT for Children Affected by Sexual Abuse or Trauma

For these courses and many more, visit Quantum Units Education

Beedie Savage – President of Quantum Units Education