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Learning Tracks

Not sure where to start on the thousands of resources in the PsychU library? PsychU has created learning tracks to give community members a resource guide! Pick a learning track, review the materials outlined, and complete the Test Your Knowledge questions to participate in a resource ‘crash-course’ on one of the topics listed below.

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Cognitive Function In Schizophrenia & Bipolar Disorder

After completing the Cognitive Function In Schizophrenia & Bipolar Disorder Learning Track, participants should have learned:

  • The differences between cognitive functioning in schizophrenia compared with bipolar disorder
  • The importance of brain changes throughout the course of illness for both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
  • The incidence and functional consequences of neurocognitive deficits in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia
  • The options to address impaired cognition and functioning

Early Intervention In Psychosis

After completing the Early Intervention In Psychosis Learning Track, participants should have learned:

  • The potential barriers to reducing the duration of untreated psychosis
  • The medical rationale for early intervention in psychosis
  • Four early intervention programs and their findings
  • Potential ways to implement early intervention programs in mental health settings

Suicide Awareness & Prevention

After completing the Suicide Awareness & Prevention Learning Track, participants should understand:

  • Current statistics on suicide in the general U.S. population: including among individuals living with serious mental illness and within Veteran populations
  • Suicide risk factors and protective factors
  • Treatment strategies to address suicide risk and rates, including screening
  • The role health care providers can play in bereavement and postvention activities
  • Best practices in media reporting on suicide

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline / Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255); or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

Value-Based Reimbursement

After completing the Value-Based Reimbursement Learning Track, participants should understand:

  • The key drivers behind the shift toward more value-based care / reimbursement in mental health
  • The role VBR can play in improving quality and lowering costs in the health care system
  • Health plan perspectives on valuable provider partnerships under VBR models
  • Adoption rates of a variety of VBR models throughout the health care and mental health systems

Social Determinants Of Health

After completing the Social Determinants Of Health Learning Track, participants should understand:

  • How social determinants of health are defined
  • The impact social determinants of health can have on population health outcomes
  • Policies and regulations that may prevent social determinants of health from being addressed through the health care system
  • The ways that provider and payer organizations are attempting to address them

Care Coordination & Integration

After completing the Care Coordination & Integration Learning Track participants should have learned:

  • Barriers to and strategies for integrated behavioral and medical health care.
  • The definition of Transitions of Care and how to identify all members of the health care team.
  • Traditional care transition programs.
  • Care coordination recommendations, specific to the mental health population, including: optimizing medication regimen, communication of complex medical plans, and screening for other co-occurring conditions.
  • How the discharge care team collaboratively develops a comprehensive transition planning guide with the patient and family.

Quality In Mental Health

After completing the Quality In Mental Health Learning Track, participants should understand:

  • The growing importance of value-based care in behavioral health
  • Current behavioral health quality measures
  • Providers’, and payers’, roles in quality improvement
  • Strategies that the behavioral health field is employing to address and improve quality, including customer-oriented continuous quality improvement processes

Measurement-Based Care

After completing the Measurement-Based Care (MBC) Learning Track, participants should have learned:

  • The importance of using measurement-based care, both generally and specifically with patients who have major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder.
  • How implementation of MBC can improve outcomes in clinical settings.
  • The connection between residual symptoms, lack of full remission, and issues with functional outcomes, and the importance of these facts when assessing patients.
  • The different scales which can be used with patients with major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

Patient Engagement

After completing the Patient Engagement Learning Track, participants should understand:

  • The concepts of patient engagement, patient activation, and shared decision making
  • The importance of patient empowerment in improving health care and quality outcomes
  • The roles that both providers and patients can fill in the shared decision making process
  • A variety of approaches to engage or activate patients in their mental health care

Population Health & Data Analytics

After completing the Population Health & Data Analytics Learning Track, participants should understand:

  • How organizations can identify consumers that may benefit from more intensive care coordination
  • The role of population health initiatives in managing cost and quality of care for complex consumers
  • The interplay of policy, legislation, social determinants, and other underlying factors that impact population health outcomes
  • How organizations are harnessing technology to capture and analyze data for decision support