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Listening To The Language Of Your Patients: Integrating Psycholinguistic Concepts Into Clinical Practice

by Judy Koenigsberg, PhD 3 CE Credits


Psycholinguistics explores the relationship between verbal and nonverbal language patterns and the characteristics of language symptoms in individuals with neurodevelopmental, emotional, and medical disorders. Language patterns observed by astute clinicians during sessions can be invaluable feedback. Specifically, attention to psycholinguistic concepts, overall and from a subdiscipline perspective, can enable mental health professionals to deepen their awareness about their clients, to broaden their own assessment skills, to distinguish the characteristics of different language clues, to attend to differences in the language patterns of their clients, and to extend their knowledge about these patterns over the course of treatment. In this way, psycholinguistic methods and strategies can inform mental health professionals about diagnosis, prognosis, and the relative efficacy of therapeutic interventions. This online CE course informs mental health clinicians how to listen to the “language code” of their patients.


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Course Sections/Outline:

  • A Brief Overview of Psycholinguistics
  • Psycholinguistics:  A Historical Perspective
  • Common Psycholinguistic Methods and Strategies
  • Translating Psycholinguistics Principles into Clinical Practice
  • Applying Psycholinguistics to Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Applying Psycholinguistics to Bipolar Disorders and Depressive Disorders
  • Applying Psycholinguistics to the Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Applying Psycholinguistics to Anxiety Disorders
  • Applying Psycholinguistics to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Applying Psycholinguistics to Eating Disorders
  • Applying Psycholinguistics to Substance-Related Disorders
  • Applying Psycholinguistics to Personality Disorders
  • Applying Psycholinguistics to Medical Disorders
  • The Language Of The Psychotherapeutic Relationship
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Identify the primary theories, methods, concepts, and research findings in the discipline of psycholinguistics that are relevant to a clinical practice
  • Describe how psycholinguistics contributes to the diagnosis and prognosis of neurodevelopmental (Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Specific Language Impairment) and psychiatric disorders (Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Eating Disorders, Substance Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Schizoid Personality Disorder), as well as the diagnosis of 4 prevalent medical disorders (Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Cancer, and Cardiovascular Disease)
  • Discuss qualitative and quantitative methods/strategies to study language patterns that aid in clinical diagnosis and guide effective psychotherapeutic interventions
Course Price: $75.00