Course Description

During recent years, the mental health of healthcare providers (HCP) has been gaining attention as a significant public health issue. Mental health disorders amongst this group of professionals are a major concern because it ultimately puts the health of patients at risk since poor mental health is associated with medical errors and decreased performance (Kim et al., 2018). Furthermore, it contributes to a higher turnover rate which affects healthcare costs by increasing training costs and decreasing overall productivity (Kim et al., 2018).  

HCPs are exposed to many stressors which can negatively affect their physical, mental, and emotional well-being (Søvold et al., 2021). They are frequently exposed to psychological distress, such as role conflict, emotional labor, fear of medical errors and litigation, as well as verbal and/or physical abuse by patients or bullying by colleagues (Kim et al., 2018). Additionally, they are exposed to long work hours, shift work, and night shifts that contribute to sleep problems (Kim et al., 2018). These work-related stress factors could lead to burnout, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and other psychiatric disorders (Kim et al., 2018).  

Contact Hours: 2
Text Course Format: Text
Target Audience:
Instructional Level: Intermediate

Accreditation Information:

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Course Goals & Objectives:

Course Objectives: At the end of this course the participant will be able to: 

  • Identify risk factors and protective factors for mental health disorders in healthcare professionals.
  • List the symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, sleep disorders, substance use and identify the risk factors and warning signs for suicide.
  • Discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of healthcare professionals.
  • Identify self-care strategies and distinguish between personal and organizational-based interventions to address mental health disorders in healthcare professionals



Text courses are viewed on your web browser if the online version is purchased, or sent via mail if the physical copy is purchased.

Contact Hours: 1 contact hour in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).

Target Audience: Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Criteria for Completion: Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete either: An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity  or a mandatory test (a passing score of 70 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.

Personnel Disclosure:

Financial – Beth Barstow received payment from Colibri Healthcare, LLC for the presentation of this course. 

Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.

Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service

Cancellation Policy: For activity cancellation, returns, or complaint resolution, please contact us by email or by phone at 1.800.55.4CEUS (2387). We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Refunds will be issued for courses that have not been completed (exam not taken), or for any course that has been rejected by your board of approval. Webinar attendance must be canceled 24 hours before the scheduled start time.


Dr. Beth Barstow, PhD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA

Dr. Beth Barstow, PhD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, is an associate professor and director of the low vision graduate certificate program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has over 20 years of experience working with adults and older adults with neurological impairment. A current line of research includes health promotion and development of a patient-provider model to facilitate exercise for individuals with multiple sclerosis. This includes multi-disciplinary grant funding and publications on
this topic.

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