Crisis Work and Serious Mental Illness

Course code:24-TJ-021
Dates:March 14, 2024 Alternate Course Dates
Meets:Th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location:Live Online via Zoom
Instructor:Emma Greenburg
Fee: $35.00Fee Breakdown


This is the fourth of seven informative sessions within the series, "Insights into Serious Mental Illness: A Comprehensive Seminar Series," aimed to address critical topics related to Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and led by speakers who specialize in different areas of SMI.

This seminar will address the intersection of serious mental illness (SMI) and crisis work. This series will include a robust discussion of medication noncompliance, types of psychosis that crisis workers currently see presented in clients, and the prevalence of co-occurring disorders (e.g.: borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and substance use disorder). This session will also discuss the ways in which physical illnesses can manifest/look like SMIs and how it is essential that crisis social workers have a strong knowledge of autoimmune disorders, HIV/AIDS, and other physical ailments. This session will also provide extensive information on the correlation between housing insecurity and SMI, as well as how unmanaged SMIs can/will often lead to multiple/dozens of hospitalizations for clients.

Participants will be able to:

  • Define psychosis, co-occurring disorders, and medication non-compliance.
  • Identify the connection between physical illness and SMI and how this presents in crisis social work.
  • Analyze the correlation between SMI and housing insecurity.
  • Apply the ethical principle of dignity and worth of individuals, and how self-determination is applicable when working with SMI, crisis, and housing insecurity.


The cost per session is free for VCU School of Social Work students, faculty, community-embedded faculty and staff; $30 for VCU alumni or field instructors; and $35 for all other attendees. This pricing structure is intended to make the series accessible to all, with a special emphasis on supporting students' learning and engagement.

VCU School of Social work students, faculty, community-embedded faculty and staff should enter the coupon code SSW35 into the promotional code box during registration. Coupon codes must be used/applied at the time of enrollment, cannot be combined with other discounts/coupons or waivers, and will not be retroactively applied.

Registration Deadline: Registrations will be accepted through March 13, 2024.
Cancellation/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up until the day before the start date, and receive a full refund minus a $17.50 credit card processing fee. After that date, no refunds will be given. Cancellations must be received via email at
In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including change or cancellation charges to include but not limited to airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

Transfer Policy: Registration may be transferred to a different seminar within the series if space is available. Transfer request must be in writing via email at by the cancellation deadline.

Student/Participant Conduct:
Participants are subject to all university policies applicable to students, unless a specific university or VCU Continuing and Professional Education policy explicitly states otherwise. University policies governing students are available at including:
Student Code of Conduct
Honor System and Standards of Academic Conduct
Preventing and Responding to Discrimination
Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy-Interim
Sex-Based Misconduct Policy-Interim
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