APNA Certificate Program: Understanding the Brain-Behavior Connection

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Understanding the Brain-Behavior Connection

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Course Closing Notice: Access to the course ends August 31, 2024. Those who register on or before August 31, will have 90 days from their registration date to complete the program. Course extensions and re-takes are no longer being granted at this time. 

APNA Certificate Program: Understanding the Brain-Behavior Connection

With this three-module certificate program, apply an understanding of the biological processes behind human behavior to the psychiatric-mental health nursing care and treatment you provide. Over the course of these webinars (5 hours total), take a systematic look at the relationships between brain anatomy and physiology, human behavior, psychiatric disorders and symptoms, and tailored nursing interventions. You’ll gain a clearer understanding of the biological basis behind an individual’s reactions to their provider, their medication, their environment, and more, as well as a path forward for providing tailored nursing interventions that are supported by principles of neurobiology.

  • In Module I, you will learn about the 5 major brain functions and the 6 major ‘CAMPPS’ of psychiatric symptoms and diagnoses. Understanding these core functions will serve as the foundation for assessing key symptoms common to psychiatric disorders. 
  • In Module II, you will learn how the brain develops and how the major brain structures function. This will help you understand how to evaluate the interrelatedness of these structures and the resulting effects of any deficits on the 5 major brain functions.  
  • In Module III, you will explore research that depicts how the different parts of the brain are involved in various psychiatric diagnoses, including published brain scans that depict differences in the brains of individuals who live with various psychiatric disorders. Using case studies, we will discuss nursing interventions that are tailored to the specific deficits depicted in these brain scans.  

Presenter: Mary D. Moller, DNP, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN

Disclosures:  The presenter and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose. Off-label use of medications will not be discussed during this presentation.

Session Length:  5 Hours
Registrants have 90 days from date of registration to complete the content and earn continuing education contact hours.

Target Audience:  RN, APRN

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of the "five" major brain functions of perception, cognition, emotion, behavior, and socialization to psychiatric-mental health nursing practice.
  2. Describe the key brain structures and functions involved in the common symptoms occurring in the major psychiatric diagnoses.
  3. Develop holistic, patient-centered nursing interventions that will target reduction of symptoms based on principles of neurobiology.

Keywords:  Brain, Neurobiology, Psychiatric Diagnoses

$67 for Members
$83 for Non-members
For institutions looking to purchase the program in bulk, please email grouporders@apna.org

Continuing Nursing Education
5.0 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete the honor statement, evaluation, and earn a passing scores on the post-tests before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed the posttests, completed the honor statement, and completed the overall course evaluation, the course completion certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed. Partial credit will not be awarded.

Cancellation Policy
We do not issue refunds for eLearning purchases once the order is accomplished and the corresponding course information is accessed. However, we understand that exceptional circumstances can take place with regard to the character of the product we supply. Therefore, we do honor requests for a refund in situations outlined here.  Course extensions and re-takes are no longer being granted at this time. 

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Release Date: August 31, 2019

Reviewed: August 31, 2022

Access to this course will end on: August 31, 2024.

© APNA 2019. Reproducing and distributing this material without the written permission of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is prohibited. 

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