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Digital Seminar

Psychiatric Mental Health NP Certification Review Course

Kirby Williams, MSN, PMHNP-BC
14 Hours 13 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 21, 2023
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Dear future PMHNP-BC,

Now that you have completed your Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, you have one last step! You must sit for the certification exam so that you can earn your PMHNP-BC™ credential and begin to practice.

But you learned so much….so you need to review everything you learned over the past semesters in order to be prepared and PASS the exam the first time!

My online review course goes through every topic that is on the exam so that you can identify areas that might need more study and have the necessary information about what is on the exam.

I will follow the latest exam blueprint to deliver the most up-to-date information on what to expect and timely tips on how to best prepare to take the exam.

In easy-to-follow videos you can watch (and re-watch) at your own pace, my course will equip you with the latest information on how to prepare for the exam and what topics you will be asked about.

You'll walk away feeling fully prepared to sit for your certification exam and begin your practice as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Register for my course now and begin to prepare for the next step in your career!

Yours in education & success,
Kirby P. Williams, MSN, PMHNP-BC


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - **

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, and others.

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Program content is reviewed periodically per accrediting board rules for currency and appropriateness for credit. Credit approvals are subject to change. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. 
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

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Earn up to 14.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists - ANCC

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 14.0 contact hours. Expires: 03/10/2026.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 14.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 14.0 self-study contact hours.

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 14.0 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 14.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Kirby Williams, MSN, PMHNP-BC's Profile

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Kirby P. Williams, MSN, PMHNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner who obtained psychiatric training and education from the University of Virginia. Working as a mental health practitioner since 2012, she has been a board-certified PMHNP for over a decade. She has worked in various mental health specialties, including acute inpatient care, private practice, community mental health, intensive outpatient, community crisis stabilization, and primary care psych consultant. Kirby has taught graduate and undergraduate psychiatric nursing courses and enjoys mentoring and supporting future psychiatric nurse practitioners.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kirby Williams is the owner and CEO of Beacon Behavioral Health and Consulting and The PMHNP Source, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. Kirby Williams receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Kirby Williams is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

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  1. Identify the blueprint content for the PMHNP certification exam.
  2. Apply tips for exam success during practice questions.
  3. Outline the pathophysiology and neurophysiology of the most common psychiatric diagnoses.
  4. Determine the DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria for the most common psychiatric diagnoses.
  5. Manage psychopharmacotherapeutic treatment, including selection and management, for the most common psychiatric diagnoses.
  6. Differentiate between mental health screening tools used in practice.
  7. Determine screening tools for substance use and appropriate application in practice.
  8. Discuss complementary and alternative treatments used in psychiatric mental health management plans.
  9. Develop and implement psychotherapy plans.
  10. Develop a professional approach using ethical, legal principles, and cultural care.


I. Scientific Foundation

  • Knowledge
    1. Advanced pathophysiology
    2. Advanced pharmacology (eg, contraindications, interactions, adverse effects)
    3. Advanced psychopharmacology (eg, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, extrapyramidal symptoms [EPS], neuroleptic malignant syndrome [NMS])
    4. Neurodevelopment
    5. Neuroanatomy
    6. Neurophysiology
    7. Psychogenomics (eg, gene-drug interactions, heritability)
  • Skill
    1. Advanced physical assessment

II. Advanced Practice Skills

  • Skill
    1. Clinical interviewing (eg, open-ended questions, nonverbal communication, motivational interviewing)
    2. Health promotion and disease prevention (eg, models, strategies)
    3. Mental health screening tool selection and interpretation (eg, PHQ-9, GAD-7, Vanderbilt ADHD)
    4. Mental status exam
    5. Psychiatric emergency management (eg, suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation)
    6. Psychoeducation (eg, presentation method, topic selection)
    7. Recovery and resilience promotion
    8. Risk assessment
    9. Substance use screening tool selection and interpretation (eg, Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test [AUDIT], Drug Abuse Screening Test [DAST], Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment Alcohol Scale [CIWA], Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale [COWS])

III. Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Knowledge
    1. DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria
    2. Complementary and alternative treatments
  • Skill
    1. Diagnostic and laboratory test selection and interpretation
    2. Diagnosis (including differentials)
    3. Evidence-based practice (eg, medication dosing, off-label use, psychotherapy selection)
    4. Psychopharmacotherapeutic management (eg, selection, monitoring)
    5. Pharmacotherapeutic management (eg, selection, monitoring)

IV. Psychotherapy and Related Theories

  • Knowledge
    1. Psychotherapy principles (eg, cognitive behavioral therapy, humanistic, interpersonal, behavioral)
    2. Change theories (eg, Transtheoretical Model, Lewin's Change Theory)
    3. Developmental theories 4. Family theories (eg, structural, narrative)
  • Skill
    1. Therapeutic alliance development and management (eg, empathy, boundaries, psychotherapy facilitation, trauma-informed approach)

V. Ethics, Legal Principles, and Cultural Care

  • Knowledge
    1. Patient's Bill of Rights (eg, informed consent, treatment options)
    2. Scope of confidentiality (eg, release of information, duty to warn)
    3. ANA Scope and Standards of Practice: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
  • Skill
    1. Cultural and spiritual competence (eg, differences in belief systems, existentialism, social determinants of mental health, risk factors, barriers)
    2. Equity, diversity, and inclusion (eg, specific populations, sexual orientation, gender identity)
    3. Ethics in clinical decision making (eg, involuntary treatment, least restrictive care, decision making capacity, bioethical principles)
    4. Patient advocacy (eg, educational accommodations, disabilities accommodations, FMLA)

VI. Preparing for the Exam

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners


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