Depression and Psychological Adjustment in Low Vision

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Price: $105.00
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Enrollment Length: 90 day(s)
Course Description

Presented by: Barry W. Rovner, M.D. and Julia J. Kleinschmidt, Ph.D., LCSW


This three credit hour† CE course is devoted to the psychological impact of low vision on the patient and the patient's family. The course is divided into five lectures.


The first two lectures are authored by Dr. Julia Kleinschmidt, Professor of Ophthalmology and a clinical social worker at the Moran Eye Center of the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Kleinschmidt specializes in studying the psychological adjustment to impaired vision. The first lecture addresses the adjustment process of the individual to his or her vision loss and the second lecture addresses the adjustment process of the family. These lectures provide background on the psychological and emotional adjustment to low vision and blindness and insight into the perspectives of the patients and their families as they go through the process.


The last three lectures are authored by Dr. Barry Rovner, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and a geriatric psychiatrist at the Thomas Jefferson Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rovner specializes in studying the development and treatment of depression in low vision patients. The third lecture addresses the diagnosis of depression in older low vision patients and distinguishing depressive disorders from depressed mood associated with normal psychological adjustment to vision loss. The fourth lecture addresses the prevention and treatment of depression in low vision patients with emphasis on the responsibilities of low vision rehabilitation service providers. The fifth lecture describes clinical methods and patient outcomes of Problem Solving Therapy (PST), placing special emphasis on low vision patients with age-related macular degeneration.


In this course, students will learn how to counsel patients and their families during their adjustment to vision loss, how to recognize signs of incipient depression, and how to advise patients with depression through low vision rehabilitation that employs a Problem Solving Therapy approach.


† Note that some organizations award credits, while others award content hours.

Course Details
Julia Kleinschmidt; Barry Rovner
Course Director(s):
Jim Deremeik, M.A., C.L.V.T.
Course Editor(s):
Robert W. Massof, Ph.D. Jim Deremeik, M.A., C.L.V.T.
  • 3.0 CE credit(s) by Council on Optometric Practitioner Education - Continuing Education with Examination (COPE CEE ID# 24041-LV)
  • 3.0 CE hour(s) by The Academy for the Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP)
  • 0.3 CEU(s) by American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Content Focus:
Category 1: Domain of OT; Areas of Occupation and Performance Skills Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process; Intervention
  • None
Education Level:
Course Objective(s):
  • identify the stages of the psychological adjustment process to vision loss
  • recognize the psychological impact of vision loss on the low vision patient
  • explain a greater awareness of the impact vision loss has on the family of the low vision patient
  • describe normal grieving as it relates to vision loss
  • identify the risk of persistent depression in low vision patients
  • state how to diagnose depression
  • recognize the screening tools for depression
  • demonstrate the basics of Problem Solving Therapy (PST) and how to use it to treat and prevent depression in the low vision patient
Target Student(s):
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Optometrists
  • Paraoptometrics
  • Medical Students
  • Health Profession Students
  • Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Orientation and Mobility Instructors
  • Rehabilitation Therapists
  • Ophthalmic Technicians
  • Low Vision Therapists
  • Low Vision Direct Care Providers
  • Low Vision Patients
  • Family Members of Low Vision Patients
Successful completion of the course requires a score of 70% or better and the completion of the course evaluation. Students will receive a certificate of completion once those two requirements are met. The course is designed as a self-paced personal enrichment continuing education program. Lectures may be repeated until material is mastered.

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