Behavioral Aspects of Integrated Community Para-medicine

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Course Description:
Paramedics and community health care personnel are being asked to assume greater responsibilities for citizens who are lacking, for a number of reasons, appropriate health care services in their communities. In an increasing number of localities, paramedics and other health care workers are working with cardiac cases, stroke victims, people with diabetes, and others with a wide range of medical problems. They are providing basic physical examinations and vital sign checks. They are also encouraging compliance with medication regimens, physical exercise, and general health care practices. The community based para-medicine programs are designed to prevent or reduce the impact of major medical disorders and to reduce unnecessary visits to emergency departments. The early evidence collected on these programs indicates that they are having positive effects on the reduction of unnecessary emergency department visits and improvements in general health within communities that have the community para-medicine programs in place.

Few community para-medicine programs have incorporated the behavioral aspects of integrated community para-medicine into their training agendas. This element of community para-medicine is crucial to the health of the community members as well as the mental health of the providers. Community paramedics should be able to assess the mental health status of the people they serve. They should also know the signs of mental health deterioration and they should be able to provide crisis intervention services and referrals for professional care when that is necessary. They should especially be familiar with the signs of immediate threats to their own safety.
This course presents critical information for paramedics and other crisis responders regarding assessment of mental health conditions, crisis intervention and making referrals for professional care. The information is practical and it is based on a long history of effective interventions from the crisis intervention field.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define crisis intervention and psychological first aid
  • List the seven core principles of crisis intervention
  • Describe the four essential crisis intervention communication methods
  • Use, in a practice session, at least one field assessment tool for behavioral situation
  • List at least 5 of the behavioral emergencies
  • Discuss the development of a crisis action plan
  • Explain the common strategic approach to a crisis situation
  • Explain the difference between a behavioral emergency and a crisis
  • Discuss the most important criteria to determine if a referral is necessary
  • Describe common follow-up procedures for people in a crisis or a behavioral emergency