Mental Health Response: Oppositional Defiance

  • Format: online
  • Days to complete Days to complete: 30
The goal of this self-paced, 30-day program is to provide an understanding of mental illness is and oppositional defiant disorder. This course also provides ways to handle calls that involve individuals with oppositional defiant disorder. Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive one (1) hour of continuing education credit in the area of "Handling persons with mental health and cognitive impairment issues" as part of the core curricula are of interpersonal studies.



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Sponsoring Agency

Law Enforcement Training Institute

115 Business Loop 70 West, Rm 143

Columbia, MO  65211

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m*

*Hours may vary due to training schedules

 Instructor Information

Adam Duncan
Assistant director/instructor



Adam Duncan is the Assistant Director of the University of Missouri's Law Enforcement Training Institute.  He has served in various Law Enforcement capacities for 18 years, including the last 6 years as a full time trainer.  He teaches a variety of topics including Use of Force, Human Behavior, Cultural Competency, and Fair and Impartial Policing.  His goal is to increase Officer Safety through a better understanding of the dynamics of personal interactions in an enforcement setting.

Travis Witt
E-Learning coordinator/instructor





Travis Witt is the E-Learning Coordinator of the University of Missouri’s Law Enforcement Training Institute. He has served in various law enforcement capacities for 19 years, including the last 3 as an instructor trainer. He teaches a variety of topics including Use of Force, Human Behavior, Cultural Competency and Communications. His goal is to increase Officer Safety through a better understanding of the dynamics of personal interactions in an enforcement environment. If you have questions related to the material please do not hesitate to contact Travis Witt.
Course Information

At the completion of this course you will have earned one (1) hour of Missouri Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) continuing education in Interpersonal Perspectives, meeting the topical requirement of Handling persons with mental health and cognitive impairment issues.

Police officers are called to handle a variety of issues throughout the country.  One of the types of calls often handled involve a person who is suffering from a mental illness and are in crisis.  Statistics show that 1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness and 1 in 25 adults live with a serious mental illness.  When a person is experiencing a mental health crisis it can extremely frightening and difficult for them.  Often times family and friends are not equipped or able to handle these type of situations.  That leaves them to call upon emergency personnel to respond.

The goal of this block of instructions is to provide the student with a better understanding of what mental illness is and is not, and what bipolar disorder is.  This block will also give some ideas of handling calls that involve individuals who have bipolar disorder.  This includes Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, Cyclothymic Disorder, and other and unspecified Bipolar Disorders.

This program is part 3 of a 5 part series that discusses issues of responding to calls that involve persons with a mental illness. This course covers the POST topical requirement of “Handling persons with mental health and cognitive impairment issues” as part of the core curricula area of Interpersonal Perspectives.


 Assignments & Grades

Your POST License Number

We have included an activity titled "Please give us your POST license number."  This is a one question survey that is required to access the Introduction.


This course contains an Introduction and twelve lessons. Each lesson is a self-running video that can be paused at any given time.  Please note you cannot speed up or skip forward through the video. Each video will end with a short quiz.


This lesson introduces the presenter, Adam Duncan, of the Law Enforcement Institute (LETI). He outlines course goals and objectives. You must view the Introduction video in order to gain access to Lesson 1.


There is a quiz at the end of each lesson.  A minimum score of 70% is required to successfully complete the lesson.  You have unlimited attempts to pass the quiz.  Note that quiz questions may change from one attempt to the next.

Course Evaluation

After successfully completing Lesson 12, you will receive access to the course evaluation, the last requirement for course completion. 

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Network Connection

Most internet service providers can provide adequate speed and connection stability for purposes of this course. If your private residence has some type of wireless internet access in a rural setting, you likely will have difficulties completing activities in this course. We have found that rural/wireless setups have been inconsistent in their network stability and speed, providing a sub-optimal experience.This is not a guaranteed phenomenon so you may not experience any problems, and this likely will not be an issue using a laptop or mobile device in a public area that offers wireless access.University of Missouri Extension does not have any control over an Internet Service Provider's (ISP) ability to provide a stable network environment. So if you have a rural/wireless internet connection it would be a good idea for you to consider finding an alternate location to access course activities.

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