ABOUT THIS COURSE:
Outcome evaluation is a critical component of providing mental health services. Not only are these evaluations helpful in assessing ones level of functioning or measuring the outcome of treatment, they are becoming more and more critical to the survival of programs in this era of increasing demand for accountability. The paperwork you do every day generates the data upon which outcome evaluations are based and the accuracy of the information you provide is vitally important to this process. This data is used to inform service providers, supervisors, directors, management, state legislators, congress, and others that the services we provide make a positive difference in the lives of the people we serve. In this course, you will learn how to better use the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scale as one of these evaluative tools. While reviewing procedures and tips for using the GAF scale, you will be challenged to apply your skills in a variety of interactive exercises to help reinforce your learning. You will also have the opportunity to compare your responses to those of expert raters to check for accuracy. This course is appropriate as a review for experienced mental health clinicians as well as an introduction for less-experienced mental health clinicians. NOTE: The GAF scale in this course was created in accordance with diagnostic criteria from the DSM-IV (the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), it has been dropped from the DSM-5 (the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). This course is being made available to customers since some states and other bodies require use of the GAF scale.