County Employees Learn about Psychosis Symptoms in Cardinal Innovations Training

Cabarrus County Government — September 18, 2015
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare will offer Psychosis Simulation training to Cabarrus County Government employees at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the Cabarrus County Department of Human Services office, 1303 S. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis, N.C.

Psychosis is a general term used to describe a mental state of lost contact with reality. Individuals diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, individuals with a diagnosis of dementia and those with temporary delirium may all experience psychosis.

Cabarrus County employees who participate in the class on Tuesday will be exposed to simulated psychosis, encountering what some individuals may experience during a psychotic episode. Past participants have reported having more compassion toward individuals with mental illness following the Psychosis Simulation training.

The media is invited to attend Tuesday’s class. Cardinal Innovations Community Relations Specialist John Giampaolo and Consumer Affairs Specialist Delton Russell will teach the class. Cardinal Innovations offers the training to help participants better understand mental illness and to promote better outcomes.

Cabarrus County Human Services Director Ben Rose said the class is helping county employees interact with citizens who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or psychosis.

“Cabarrus County Human Services serves all residents. It’s important for workers to understand, relate and empathize with our clients in order to empower them to overcome their personal challenges,” Rose said. “The workshop gives case workers an educated level of understanding of the mental and physical challenges of psychosis through self-awareness exercises. The experience simulates sights, sounds and behaviors that clients with psychosis must overcome to communicate. These are very real barriers that can prevent clients from getting emergency assistance for basic needs. The case workers can use their new tools and experiences to quickly and appropriately identify needs and determine realistic action plans.”

The class Tuesday will be in the auditorium at the Cabarrus County Human Services office. A county official will stationed outside to escort media to the class.

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