Emergency Psychiatry: An Emergency Psychiatric Social Worker's Perspective

Elba Figueroa Contents

  • 2.1 Introduction......................................................................................................................14
  • 2.1.1 Social Work as a Profession....................................................................................15
  • 2.2 Psychiatric Assessment in the Emergency Room...............................................................15
  • 2.2.1 Assessing for Risk of Self-Harm.............................................................................16
  • 2.2.2 Social Media and Minors.......................................................................................17
  • 2.2.3 Assessing and Working with the Agitated Patient..................................................17
  • 2.2.3.1 The ER Treatment Team and Working with the Agitated Patient............18
  • 2.3 Working with Children and Adolescents in the Emergency Room....................................18
  • 2.3.1 Adolescent Case Review: Paranoia.........................................................................19
  • 2.3.2 Adolescent Case Review: Suicidal Ideation...........................................................20
  • 2.3.3 Working with the Family of the Suicidal or Self-Injuring Child...........................22
  • 2.4 The Emergency Room Psychiatric Social Worker’s Role in Substance Use Assessment .... 22
  • 2.4.1 Synthetic Marijuana Crisis....................................................................................23
  • 2.4.2 Conversing about Substance Use with Patients.....................................................23
  • 2.5 Mental Health System Issues: The Impact on Psychiatric Social Workers and Patients.....24
  • 2.5.1 Mental Healthcare Access Issues: The Impact on Emergency Rooms ..................24
  • 2.6 Conclusion........................................................................................................................25

Resources .................................................................................................................................. 26

 
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