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Bipolar Disorder is characterized by the sudden and forceful shifting of a person's emotional state between very high highs, and very low lows.  A mood disorder, it can be a roller coaster of emotion, often leaving those diagnosed with Bipolar battling to hang on to their jobs, relationships, and life goals.

When the roller coaster is dipping low, people often experience incapacitating depression, and may struggle with motivation, thought processes, and even the desire to live.  When the roller coaster begins to climb, those affected often experience mania, racing thoughts, extreme changes in their emotional state, and may engage in risky b
ehaviors that have severe negative consequences.  In some cases, people will lose touch with reality, and their psychotic thinking will place them in even greater danger.

Bipolar affects approximately 5.7 million individuals in the United States.  This disruptive disorder affects both men and women equally, as well as all races and socioeconomic levels.  Even though it affects people in profound and often devastating ways, Bipolar can be treated and managed effectively.

Community-based nurses, social workers, chemical dependency counselors, program directors, site managers, and direct care st
aff will more effectively function with the knowledge and understanding of the pervasive nature of mood disorders.

 Course Information


    Course fee is $99.00 per student
    Course materials, refreshments and lunch are included in the course fee
    Pre-registration is required, register early! Class size is limited

    Video/audio taping of courses is prohibited


Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before the course.  The course fee will be charged if cancellation is made in less than 24 hours.  Registration is transferable to another person.

About the instructor

Karen Finck, APRN, CNS, is an expert in psychiatric nursing and president of HCS. An engaging speaker, Ms. Finck lectures throughout Minnesota on mental health topics. She adeptly uses humor and presents real-life anecdotes from her experiences in the field. She provides not only an understandable theoretical framework, but offers practical approaches as well.

Continuing Education

This course is designed to provide 6.5 contact hours for nurses, 5.4 continuing education hours for social workers, and 6.0 education hours for direct care staff.

If you are interested in having this course presented at your facility, CLICK HERE to contact Dave.




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