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Co-Sponsored by Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central College

This interactive course is designed to teach skills for monitoring the development and progression of tardive dyskinesia. Tardive dyskinesia consists of specific involuntary movements in seven different areas of the body. It is a potentially persistent side effect for people who are taking antipsychotic (neuroleptic) medications.

Training skills include learning the DISCUS rating scale, the medical standard used to measure tardive dyskinesia. The MOSES, a general side effect assessment scale for psychotropic medications, is also reviewed. A series of videotapes enable participants to practice using the DISCUS and demonstrate skills for DISCUS rating. This DISCUS course will teach you to screen for the presence of tardive dyskinesia in all people who receive antipsychotic medication.





Date:October 5, 2012

Time: 9:00 A.M.-3:45 P.M. (check in begins at 8:30 A.M.)

Location: South Central College-North Mankato - Conference Center B

Cost: $99, includes morning beverages, lunch and all materials


  • Discuss information about side effects of psychotropic medications, focusing on tardive dyskinesia.
  • Identify the medications that can cause tardive dyskinesia.
  • List the areas of the body involved and the body movements which occur in tardive dyskinesia.
  • Practice the 12 steps of the DISCUS screening procedure.
  • Demonstrate ability to do a minimum of four (out of seven) accurate DISCUS assessments using videotaped scenarios.

Continuing Education:

  • RN’s and LPN’s: 6 Contact Hours
  • Nursing Home Administration: 5.5 clock hours
  • Social Workers: 5.4 Continuing Education Hours (CEH’s)
  • Certificates of attendance available for all other professionals.

9:00 – 10:00 am - PowerPoint Lecture on Tardive Dyskinesia and the brain
10:00 – 10:30 am - Medications that cause TD
10:30 – 10:45 am – Break
10:45 – 11:15 am - MOSES side effect tool
11:15 am -12:15 pm - Video of Movements and DISCUS 12 step procedure
12:15-1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00-1:15 pm - Review of movements and scoring 
1:15 – 3:45 pm - Practice videos using DISCUS (there will be a 15 minute break in the afternoon)

This program is designed for nurses and other health care professionals involved in tardive dyskinesia monitoring.

Karen Finck
, RN, MN, CS is a clinical specialist in psychiatric nursing and president of Health Counseling Services in Minneapolis. Ms. Finck's expertise in community nursing care models includes nursing consultation for group homes, day activity centers, home healthcare, nursing supervision of unlicensed staff and psychiatric nursing home visits. She has designed medication administration and other healthcare courses, and written healthcare policy and procedure manuals for community settings. An engaging speaker, Ms. Finck lectures throughout Minnesota on mental health topics. She adeptly uses humor and presents real-life anecdotes for her practice experiences. She provides and understandable theoretical framework, along with practical approaches.

Registration information: Registration taken on a first come first serve basis.
No refunds 48 hours prior to workshop date.
You will receive a confirmation e-mail following your registration

Contact University Extended Education at 507-389-2572 or 800-311-3142
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