New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Nassau Chapter with the Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Course Number: 284      Location: ZOOM - Nassau

Brian Quinn, Ph.D., LCSW

Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021

Login:  9:30am - 10:00am

  Presentation: 10:00am - 1:00pm




Clinicians are seeing an increasing number of patients who, in spite of treatment with multiple antidepressants and a variety of other medications, remain mired in depression, often accompanied by irritability, anxiety, and distractibility. These individuals often lament that they “have tried every drug there is” without substantial or sustained benefit.

A common reason for this:  many of these individuals are not just depressed. Fifty to eighty percent of them atually have unrecognized bipolar illness. Antidepressants have been shown to be, at best, only marginally better than placebo in acute bipolar depression and in a subset of bipolar patients, antipepressants can cause or worsen irritable, agitate depression, increase the risk of suicide, and, paradoxically, lead to more frequent depressive episodes. Effective psychotherapy often proves to be dfficult, if not impossible, when bipolar patients are misdiagnosed and inappropriately treated with antidepressants.

At the end of the first part of this seminar, clinicians will be able to recognize the symptoms, family history, course, and antidepressant-response markers thatdistinguish bipolar illness from major depressive disorder and borderline personality. Clinicians will learn about the medications that should form the foundation of treatment for bipolar illness, including the one medication (not an antidepressant) that has been repeatedly shown to dramatically reduce the risk of completed suicide.

Drawing on research from empirically-tested individual and family therapies for bipolar disorder, Dr. Quinn will discuss the many ways psychotherapists can help patients and families struggling with bipolar disorder once patients receive proper pharmacologic treatment.

Teaching Methods: Workshop lecture with PowerPoint presentation and audience participation

HANDOUTS: Bibliography

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able:

  1. Describe the symptoms, family history, course, and antidepressant-response markers tha distinguish bipolar illness from major depressive disorder and borderline personality.
  2. Describe the research showing that antidepressants can worsen the course of bipolar illness.
  3. List the atypical antipsychotics that treat acute bipolar depression and the mood stabilizers that effectively treat both acute bipolar depression and prevent new mood episodes.
  4. Identify key issues in the psychotherapy of individuals diagnosed with bipolar illness that are derived from the research on empirically-tested psychosocial treatments.

Presenter: Brian Quinn, LCSW, has a Ph.D. in clinical social work and a Certificate of Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He specializes in working with people with mood disorders and substance abuse. He has thirty five years of experience and has given seminars nationwide on bipolar disorder. Dr. Quinn is the author of Wiley Concise Guides to Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder and The Depression Sourcebook, 2nd ed. He is in private practice in Huntington, New York.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Who May Benefit from attending: social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #0056; Licensed Psychoanlalysts #P-0017; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Event Login:               9:30am-10:00am
Presentation:             10:00am-1:00pm

Members:                 $50
               Non-members:        $70
               Students with ID:    $20
    Student fees are only for social work
        master level, full time students.

Late Fee:  
                Additional fee of $10.00

                          Please note:      
                   Late Fee charge takes
                  effect on January 7
, 2021

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Registration through Zoom must be done
the Friday before the course whether you plan on joining the session by phone or by computer.

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