Tips from the Pros: Basics of Psychiatric Management in the Nursing Home

On-Demand/Self-Study Course



Tips from the Pros: Basics of Psychiatric Management in the Nursing Home

The majority of nursing home residents have a psychiatric diagnosis, yet their care is usually managed by non-psychiatrists. This interactive course is intended to equip long-term care providers with essential skills to address common psychiatric issues. It addresses dementia and related behaviors, psychotropic prescribing safety, performing medication reviews, and caring for those with major chronic psychiatric illnesses. You will also learn how to assess capacity, manage residents living with personality disorders, when and when NOT to seek outside consultation, and how to design a “practice philosophy” that includes healthy limit-setting. 

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Tools and resources include:

  • AGS Beers Criteria® list
  • Case Scenarios to practice medication reviews
  • Strategies for front-line staff to identify and manage behaviors
  • Safe prescribing strategies and a decision-making model

The on-demand experience allows you to access course content, resources, and tools anytime, anywhere, from any device.

Target Audience

Physicians, Medical Directors, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants

Areas of Focus
  • Is Deprescribing Always Best?
  • Safe Prescribing
  • Medication Decision-Making
  • Become a Pro Re Nata (PRN)-free Zone
  • Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms
  • Dementia & Behaviors
  • Personality Disorders & Behaviors
  • Decision-Making Capacity


Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Optimize medications and practice safe prescribing.
  • Describe strategies for managing patients with personality disorders.
  • Distinguish between lifelong and late onset illnesses and their treatment plans.
  • Discuss the benefits of becoming a Pro Re Nata (PRN)-Free facility with leadership.
  • Provide non-pharmacological care to patients with behavioral challenges.




Lea Watson, MD; Allison Villegas, PA-C



Lea Watson, MD, is a geriatric psychiatrist and consultant to the long-term care workforce on issues of behavioral health, psychopharmacology, and provider wellbeing.

Allison Villegas, PA-C, has been providing post-acute and long-term care in Denver nursing homes for the last 10 years. She is Vice President of CMDA: Colorado's Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Medicine. She is on the AMDA Board of Directors and is involved in multiple AMDA committees.




Credit Information
  • 1.0 CME
  • 1.0 CMD Cinical
  • 1.0 MOC

Activity Created 2/2023

Credits Available Until 2/2026

Credit Statements

CME: AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CMD: This self-study activity has been pre-approved by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) for a total of 1.0 clinical hours toward certification or recertification as a Certified Medical Director (CMD) in post-acute and long-term care medicine. The CMD program is administered by the ABPLM. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit actually spent on the activity.

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 MOC Knowledge Point and 1.0 patient safety MOC credit in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

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The faculty and planning committee have no relevant financial relationships.