Special Topics in Behavioral Health 1: Diagnosis


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Course Description

This course provides an overview of common behavioral health diagnoses seen across disciplines in providing health care services. These include depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, OCD, and adjustment disorders. Special consideration is given to suicide and trauma, with preparedness planning guidelines and resources incorporated to equip learners for complex and/or emergencies. Most of the content is provided via recorded lectures and reading assignments. Further reflection and application opportunities are also provided via challenge journal questions for self-study and group activities during the synchronous session.

Target Audience

Healthcare providers.


  1. List clinical features of the most common depressive and anxiety disorders.
  2. Explain the impact of trauma and ACEs on the central nervous system.
  3. Assemble an emergency plan for a suicidal patient in their clinic.
  4. Recognize the clinical decision-making process a primary care provider executes when determining a care plan for a patient with a behavioral health diagnosis.
  5. Articulate the similarities and differences in behavioral health treatments carried out by primary care physicians/PAs/NPs compared to psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, and counselors.
  6. Articulate the clinical features of personality disorders, OCD, and attachment disorders, including how these disorders may impact the therapeutic relationship and prognosis of a patient seeking care for pain and/or other health concerns.


Module 1: Depression and Depression-Related Diagnoses

  • Video lectures (2:21:52)
  • Required readings (0:60:00)

Module 2: Anxiety and Anxiety-Related Diagnoses

  • Video lectures (2:35:58)
  • Required readings (0:40:00)

Module 3: Personality Disorders, OCD, and Adjustment Disorders

  • Video lectures (1:09:40)
  • Required readings (0:62:00)
  • Synchronous session (0:75:00)

Course Author

Jessie Podolak, PT, DPT

Jessie Podolak received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Catherine, Minneapolis, in 1998. She completed her transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University, Denver, in 2011. She has taught pain neuroscience education and manual therapy techniques at continuing education courses since 2013 and now serves as the Program Director for Evidence In Motion’s Pain Science Fellowship.  The Fellowship is the first in the United States to provide a multi-disciplinary, post-graduate, advanced certification for healthcare providers who see patients with complex, chronic pain. She has participated in and led research exploring middle school students' attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors related to pain and healthy options to address it when it inevitably occurs.

Jessie owns and operates her community’s first direct-pay physical therapy practice, seeing various patients with acute and chronic pain conditions. She has special interests in complex and chronic pain, manual therapy, Pilates, and spine and running injuries. She is a certified clinical instructor through the APTA and has completed her Therapeutic Pain Specialist certification and Pain Science Fellowship through Evidence in Motion.

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 10.00 AOA Category 2­B
    • 10.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 10.00 IBON
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 

    Accreditation Statements

    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Evidence in Motion. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 10.0 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
    • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 10.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
    • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

    Educational Grants

    No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


    The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

    Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

    • Kyle Butcher - Activity Director and Planning Committee Member
    • Orlando Candelaria - Activity Coordinator and Planning Committee Member
    • Regina Landrus, PT, DPT - Course Stakeholder
    • Colleen Louw, PT - Planning Committee Member
    • Jessie Podolak, PT, DPT - Course Author
    • A.J. Steele, PsyD - Course Stakeholder
    • Kelly Weiss-Krepps, DO - Course Stakeholder


    The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

    Available Credit

    • 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 10.00 AOA Category 2­B
    • 10.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 10.00 IBON


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