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Embracing Ethical Screening and Assessment for Short-Term Behavioral Health

presented by Ellen Fink-Samnick, DBH, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, CCM, CCTP, CRP, FCM

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Financial: Ellen Fink-Samnick receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. She has no other relevant financial relationships.

Nonfinancial: Ellen Fink-Samnick has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 64 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

The increased incidence and prevalence of physical, behavioral, and psychosocial health in healthcare settings means a moving target of issues for the practitioners to screen and assess patients. Implicit and explicit biases factor into screening and assessment, and they impact patient outcomes.

This course is part of a three-part series that will address

  • Ethical engagement of patients and colleagues
  • Ethical screening, assessment, and treatment planning
  • Application of ethical interventions for population-based treatment

  • This four-chapter course will provide the interprofessional workforce an ethical tool kit for more effective and efficient screening and assessment. This course content is applicable for all members of the interprofessional care team across the transitions of care (e.g., primary and specialty care, ambulatory, ED, acute and long-term care settings, home health, and community-based) particularly for case managers, nurses, physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, speech-language pathologists, and social workers.

    Meet Your Instructor

    Ellen Fink-Samnick, DBH, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, CCM, CCTP, CRP, FCM

    Dr. Ellen Fink-Samnick is an award-winning industry entrepreneur who empowers healthcare's interprofessional workforce. She is a subject matter expert on ethics, health equity and quality, integrated care, interprofessional teams, professional case management, and trauma-informed leadership. Her latest books include The Ethical Case Manager: Tools and Tactics, The Social Determinants of Health: Case Management's Next Frontier,…

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    1. Ethical Dialogues and Documentation

    Implicit and explicit biases weave into interactions with patients and their families, as well as colleagues, whether interacting in person or virtually. Learn how introductions, hallway conversations, and SOAP notes can serve as effective tools to minimize bias and ethical impediments in a practitioner’s preliminary patient dialogues and required documentation.

    2. Screening and Assessment Tools

    A growing list of screening and assessment tools are being integrated within practitioner workflows. These tools provide a wider and more efficient lens to objectively and effectively enhance the view of patient treatment planning. Learn how ethical screening guides help provide accurate and ethical assessment of patients and their families while promoting workforce competence in this arena.

    3. SMART Goals and Treatment Planning

    SMART goals are an established way to develop and define successful treatment plans with patients and attain successful outcomes. Walk through each step of the SMART acronym to advance effective treatment plans for patients.

    4. Treatment Plan Application

    Learn how to apply the SMART goals model to the latest generation of more complex patients with physical, behavioral, and psychosocial health needs. Walk through direct application of this novel partnership treatment plan. Learn how to consider the multiple priorities patients present with and evolve a successful treatment plan.

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