LEAP® Training Course
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What is LEAP®?
LEAP® (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner) is an evidence-based program developed by renowned clinical psychologist and forensic expert, Dr. Xavier Amador, that to teaches you how to create alliances with people struggling with serious mental illness that lead to treatment and recovery.
What Does the LEAP® Course Cover?
The LEAP® Course is a facilitator-led training workshop designed to provide participants with the critical research and skillset required to create a therapeutic alliance and build a collaborative relationship with people living with severe mental illness, that lead to the acceptance of treatment and services.
The LEAP® Program educates about much more than the LEAP® communication technique. This Program emphasizes science-based education about:
- Signs and symptoms of serious mental illness and what they predict
- Suicide prevalence and prevention
- Risk of violence in serious mental ilness
- The problem of noncompliance with treatment(s)
- The use of long-acting injectable antipsychotic medications
- Criminalization of persons with mental illness
- Research on the therapeutic alliance in serious mental illness
- Resources for families, healthcare and criminal justice professionals
- Research on how to help someone with seious mental illness accept treatment and services
What are the Course Objectives?
Participants will learn to:
- Distinguish between anosognosia vs “denial” of mental illness (i.e. schizophrenia, bipolar disorders)—a debilitating symptom prevalent in 50% of individuals with these disorders.
- Utilize evidence-based approaches, set aside psychoeducation and logical arguments, and instead focus entirely on developing a relationship with the mentally ill person so s/he feels respected, not judged and trusts the other person’s opinion that treatment would be beneficial to reaching personal goals.
- Name the most effective forms of frontline treatments and pharmacotherapy on improving insight for person with anosognosia.
- Preserve and build on relationships when disrupted by disagreements, paranoia, involuntary treatment, etc.
- Reduce anger, paranoia, and quickly gain cooperation and compliance.
- Collaborate with the mentally ill person to work towards common goals.
- Identify the “Top Two Predictors" of treatment adherence.
Who is the LEAP® Course For?
This short course is for family members and peer support specialists, mental healthcare professionals, and Criminal Justice Professionals who want to learn how to use the LEAP® approach with a patient, client or loved one.