8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
What Is a Mental Health Crisis?
In this introductory session, we will explore the definition of a mental health crisis. This will enable you to have clarity on ascertaining the level of urgency in your response to care. Discuss:
- Typical situations that may lead to a mental health crisis
- Attention ‘seeking’ or attention ‘needing’
- Stigma and judgement within healthcare towards a person living with BPD who presents in crisis
- Simple strategies to get better outcomes when a person living with BPD presents in crisis
Acute Mental Health Assessment in a Crisis
It is essential that all nurses are confident to deal with a mental health crisis in any health setting. This practical session looks at how to assess an acutely unwell person with a mental health disorder. It includes:
- Should a physical assessment precede a mental health assessment?
- Why is it vitally important that you conduct a brief MSE when a person presents in crisis?
- What are the basic principles of mental health assessment tools?
- Does an assessment vary according to the severity of the crisis?
10:45am - Morning Tea
Supporting Carers and the Role of Crisis Plans
Although most people with mental health conditions may not experience a crisis, in some individuals it may be an omnipresent threat. For families and carers, the possibility of a mental health crisis can weigh heavily on day-to-day life creating anticipatory anxiety. Having a back-up plan is essential. This session looks at:
- What is the role of health professionals in supporting carers in the community?
- What is included in a crisis plan?
- Why should we be listening to the carers?
Prevention Is Better than Crisis!
Although it is not always possible to predict when a person may experience a mental health crisis, an appropriate plan of care should assist in diverting such an episode. This session discusses different scenarios and describes strategies for prevention. In this session, we will move away from the traditional, ‘compliance’ model of medication-taking and take a more holistic approach to prevention. It will include:
- Validating and addressing a client’s concerns about medication side effects
- Preventing ‘medication holidays’
- Recognising the warning signs of relapse
- The role of community and connection as an approach to prevention
- Why meaning, purpose and reflection is so valuable in severe mental illness, reducing the chances of relapse and crisis
- Why you should ‘listen to your mother’ - get outside, move and eat your veggies
1:00pm - Lunch and Networking
Developing Therapeutic Relationships in a Time of Crisis
Effective communication is known to help in a time of crisis. Therapeutic communication that is appropriate to the situation can empower all involved to minimise any negative impacts from the incident onto the individual. In this highly interactive workshop session, you will learn how to build therapeutic relationship skills. It includes:
- Interactive scenarios based on previous sessions
- What role does body language play?
- What role does tone play?
- How to “de-escalate” yourself when confronted with a highly distressed client
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea
Fleeing from your Mind: Dealing with Panic Attacks
Panic attacks manifest as a crisis as the brain initiates the fight, flight or freeze response. This final session of day one focuses on a common, but debilitating, phenomena of the mind. It discusses:
- What is the difference between a panic attack and an anxiety attack?
- What are the triggers and symptoms?
- What are the long-term consequences of repeated panic attacks?
- What are the best-evidenced approaches to panic attacks?
4:30pm - Close of Day One of Seminar