Mental Status Assessment in Developmental Services

This course supports healthcare professionals in identifying changes in the mental status of a person with a developmental disability, monitor and document changes, and advocate for the client’s accommodations when participating in the mental status assessment (MSA).

By the end of this course, your ability to clearly document behavioural and cognitive presentations from the conduct of mental health assessments will enable you to advocate for the needs of a person with a developmental disability.

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Recommended for healthcare professionals working with people who have dual diagnosis or developmental service needs. Includes but is not limited to: Registered nurses, allied health workers, behavioural and recreational therapists, and occupational therapists.
  • Understand the function, components, and terminology of a mental status assessment (MSA)
  • Identify signs of changes in mental status of a person from their baseline
  • Strategize accommodations to include client preferences when conducting an MSA
  • Accurately document changes in clients' presentations
Learners will have access to a skills coach on Yellowdig for support during this course.