Safely Identifying and Handling Differences Between Mentally Ill Individuals

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Michael Corcoran

The Workthreat Group, LLC

Ryan Dunnigan

Dunnigan Psychological & Threat Assessments

It is becoming more apparent in today's world, as well as in schools and universities, that problems exist in handling individuals with mental illness, especially when they present disconcerting behavior. At times, the individual might have a disability or other medical issue that can easily be mistaken for a mental illness. The two presenters of this session have more than 100 years of combined experience being actual first responders in these types of calls for service. They have the clinical background and experience to understand the important distinctive symptoms these individuals present so that more effective ways of approaching and handling these individuals occurs successfully and safely for all. This will be a "hands-on" workshop where actual signs and behaviors will be demonstrated, allowing attendees an opportunity to practice what they learn.

Attendees Will Learn:
  • How to identify the differences between different kinds of mental illness in order to understand and implement the best response.
  • How to interact with actual individuals who are presenting differing mental health symptoms so when proper techniques are used, compliance is achieved (and if incorrect techniques or verbiage is used, the actors will show appropriate abreactions).
  • The best questions to ask and ways to approach the different types of mentally ill individuals to put them at ease and handle their issue successfully.