Many people who experience poor awareness of psychotic symptoms of a severe mental illnesses exist at the margins of society in part because they are often unwilling to utilize available medication and other services to help compensate or improve their symptoms.
A set of communication and problem solving skills that can be used by mental health providers, family members, first responders and other stakeholders can be learned through the use of LEAP skills (Listen- Empathize- Agree- Partner). LEAP training teaches participants a set of evidence-based strategies to strengthen the mutual respect and trust with clients unaware of their illness with the aim of developing effective partnerships among a range of persons in a variety of settings. These mutual relationship can then be used to help convince the client of the benefits of treatment services. This training workshop involves didactic, experiential and role-play activities.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
1. Recognize that severe problems with insight into their illness affects approximately 50% of all patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
2. Identify anosognosia (brain dysfunction) as the leading cause of a person’s poor insight into their illness.
3. Recognize the top two factors affecting good adherence to treatment.
4. Recognize the limits of pharmacotherapy in affecting a person’s insight into their illness.
5. Demonstrate how a communication method such as LEAP improves insight and adherence to treatment.
6. Adapt and apply the LEAP tools to scenarios that fit the demands of your job.
This activity has been approved for the following continuing education credits:
5.0 Category I Continuing Education Credits for relicensure by the NH-NASW - Workshop #3232.
5.0 NBCC credits. Approval No. SP-2793
5.0 Contact Hours by the Northeast MultiState Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This course is pending approval for 5.0 credits for CRSW/LADC/MLADC Category of Competence 3, 6, 7, 11
Trainer’s expertise in LEAP
Harry Cunningham, MSW, LICSW was trained as a LEAP instructor by Xavier Amador PhD in May 2016. Harry has had extensive experience as a trainer of Evidence Based Practices since 2002. He worked 4 years for the Dartmouth College Psychiatric Research Center starting in 2002 as a trainer for practices including: Illness Management and Recovery, Supported Employment, Family Behavioral Treatment, Integrated Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders, and Motivational Interviewing. He has trained extensively across the United States for the past 15 years first for Dartmouth College, and more recently for the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester.