Module C: Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment and Management

CE Credits: 1.75

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Even though the use of medication as a treatment for depression has been on the rise for many years, patients can still find great (and often longer-term) success with non-pharmacological treatments, if they can find the one appropriate for their needs. This module details the variety of settings for such care, and outlines the different forms of psychotherapy, also known as “talk therapy.” The module then explores two other branches of non-pharmacological therapies: complementary and integrative health therapies (such as herbal medicine and acupuncture) and therapeutic neuromodulation techniques, such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

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Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Identify the wide variety of settings and providers in behavioral health care delivery
» Discuss the use of psychotherapy
» Describe the types of psychotherapy
» Discuss the use of complementary and integrative health
» Review the application of therapeutic neuromodulation techniques

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Advance your professional practice:: Patients may not always have the accurate information or expectations when they embark on a form of non-pharmacological treatment for depression. When we as case managers can educate them about those options, and how they work (and often, how long they take to work), we can make it more likely that patients will stick with those therapies and achieve better outcomes.

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Improve organizational performance: Non-pharmacological treatments can sometimes involve more expense for patients in the long run, but such treatment is also found to be very effective, and can carry fewer risks of medical complications or interactions. When our team can educate patients on such treatments, we can help them improve their long-term outcomes and avoid certain complications or hospitalizations.