Winter Seminars 2017
February 20 - 24, 2017
February 27 - March 3, 2017
The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
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Essential Psychopharmacology, 2017
Carl Salzman, MD
February 20 – February 24, 2017
Essential Psychopharmacology, 2017 This course will provide a simplified and clinically relevant updated review of neurobiology and brain function. Areas of emphasis will include the psychopharmacologic treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and borderline personality. The effectiveness of atypical and conventional anti-psychotic drugs as well as long acting new medications will be reviewed. Augmenting agents for schizophrenia will also be reviewed. The course will address strategies for bipolar patients who are noncompliant or treatment resistant; approaches to the acutely psychotic, recovering psychotic patient, and the concept of early intervention. The role of inflammation and its relationship to mood disorders will be emphasized. Psychiatric medications for the elderly will be reviewed, including dosage adjustments for age, drug interactions, and sensitivity to side effects. The role of psychopharmacology in the treatment of obsessive symptoms, panic symptoms, and traumatic syndromes will be emphasized. New information regarding the role of medications for substance abuse will be presented. In addition, the therapeutic role of stimulants for adult individuals with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses will be reviewed.
The course will emphasize the establishment and importance of therapeutic alliance when prescribing all psychotropic medications, the interplay between pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments, benefits and hazards of prescriber/non-prescriber co-treatment relationships. Educational presentation will be in seminar format and include lectures, participant discussion and Q&A.
Meditation and Visualization Practices for Everyday Living and to Enhance Peak Performance
Daniel Brown, PhD
Meditation and Visualization Practices for Everyday Living and to Enhance Peak Performance The essence of various spiritual traditions is the discovery of practical wisdom about everyday living. These traditions offer a solution to what Freud once called "the problem of everyday unhappiness," namely a way to discover full presence, excellence, well-being, happiness, and vital engagement in everyday life. This evidence-based workshop integrates the practical spiritual wisdom from the Eastern meditation traditions, and visualizations, and methods from positive psychology from the Western psychotherapy traditions to address staying in the 'flow' andbringing one's best self to everyday living. These methods include: visualizations for developing optimal performance states, the development of character strengths and positive states of mind to potentiate mastery of being in everyday life, the articulation of ultimate concerns for promoting vital engagement in life, training the mind to develop everyday wellbeing and happiness, concentration training to cultivate continuous and complete focus on whatever you are doing at the moment, insight meditations to reduce reactivity and develop a non- reactive openness to experience, and visualizations to develop sensitivity and compassion for others. The outcome of participation in this workshop will be the enhancement of everyday living, well-being and peak performance. Teaching in this workshop is by lecture and experiential visualization and meditation practices.
Psychopharmacology: A Master Class
February 27- March 3, 2017
Psychopharmacology: A Master Class An updated review of neurobiology and brain function, taking the attendee through neurotransmission sequence from synthesis to gene transcription will be provided. Specific categories of treatment will include: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. The evidence based effectiveness of conventional antipsychotic medications and atypical antipsychotic medications will be emphasized. Newer, useful agents and augmenting medications for the treatment of psychotic disorders will be discussed. Bipolar disorder and its treatment will be examined with particular reference to bipolar depression. The use of lithium will be emphasized. A comprehensive review of depression in psychiatric patients as well as co- morbid with medical illnesses will be emphasized along with the use of antidepressants of all treatment classes for co-morbid depressions. The role of depression in cardiovascular illness and the necessity for treatment as well as the interaction between endocrine disorders (especially diabetes) and depression will be highlighted. New understanding of the interaction between inflammation and mood disorders will be discussed. Problems with uses of psychiatric medications for the elderly will be discussed with clinical examples. The neurobiological mechanisms of anxiety and anxiety-spectrum disorders as well as their treatment will be reviewed, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and generalized anxiety disorder. Data regarding early life traumatic or separation experiences, as precursors to later-life mood disorders will be introduced.
This seminar will address the neurobiological theories of addition and their treatment as well as identifying mechanisms of sleep disorders and their effective psychopharmacologic treatment. Medications for depression in women through the course of their lifecycle will be presented. The potential usefulness of stimulant medications for adults with ADD, binge eating disorders, and treatment resistant depression will be noted. The course will emphasize the establishment and importance of therapeutic alliance when prescribing all psychotropic medications. Educational presentation will be in seminar format and include lectures, participant discussions and Q&A. This seminar is designed for the experienced clinician. Course participants will be expected to have had clinical experience, familiarity with the neurobiological and genetic contributions to psychiatric illnesses as well as an understanding of the basic therapeutic mechanisms of psychotropic medications.
A New Prescription: Exercise and Other Groundbreaking Techniques For The Treatment Of ADHD, Aggression, and Autism Spectrum Disorder
John Ratey, MD
A New Prescription: Exercise and Other Groundbreaking Techniques For The Treatment Of ADHD, Aggression, and Autism Spectrum Disorders This course focuses on the latest medical and non-medical approaches and interventions for patients with ADHD, Aggression, the Addictions, and Social disorders, including a special section on autism, based on new research and the instructor’s experience with disruptive adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition to new medications, the course will explore the proven effects of exercise, yoga, play, diet, and other alternative strategies that are shown to be effective in these psychiatric problems. Special emphasis will be placed on the burgeoning research on exercise and ADHD, with tips on how to integrate exercise prescriptions into your practice. In addition, the course looks at the growing awareness of the “microbiome” when it comes to diet, and the effect of gluten and probiotics on the gut and brain/behavior connection. To put it all together, the course takes an understandable journey into the brain and the synapse to fully understand these conditions.
The important area of diagnosis will also be looked at, covering the controversies and challenges associated with making the right call with psychological disorders: 1. Bipolar or ADHD or both and what this means for treatment; 2. Asperger’s or Autism or Social Dyslexia – does it matter and are there any relevant medications and behavioral interventions for these developmental differences; 3. relevancies of DSM-5 to the real world and the issue of sub-threshold diagnoses of the “Shadow Syndromes”.
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