ACE Foundation Programs
People frequently consult clinical social workers for symptoms of depression or the interpersonal chaos and marital problems caused by unstable and irritable moods. These individuals are frequently diagnosed with a major depressive episode, dysthymia, or borderline personality disorder, but a recent National Institutes of Mental Health study of 5,700 American adults found that nearly forty percent of those suffering with a major depressive episode actually had bipolar illness. Distinguishing bipolar disorder from depression and borderline personality is one of the most critical clinical tasks social workers face in everyday practice. This differential diagnosis cannot be left to the psychiatric consultant. Antidepressants, which are frequently prescribed for anyone with symptoms of anxiety or depression by both primary care physicians and psychiatrists, often do not work in acute bipolar depression, have been definitively shown to be ineffective in preventing future depressive episodes in patients with bipolar disorder, and can, in fact, lead to more frequent and difficult-to-treat depressive episodes. Inappropriate treatment of bipolar patients with antidepressants may make it difficult, and in many cases impossible, for the social worker to effectively utilize psychotherapy.
This seminar will provide clinicians with a four-part, clinical diagnostic method to distinguish patients with borderline personality and depression from those with bipolar illness. Participants will learn why, along with antidepressants, Lamictal and atypical antipsychotics such as Abilify or Seroquel, should not form the foundation of treatment for bipolar illness. They will gain knowledge about the research demonstrating that mood stabilizing drugs should be used for both acute bipolar depression and for prevention of future mood episodes and will learn effective ways of working with clients and psychiatric consultants regarding the diagnosis of bipolar illness and the need for mood stabilizing medications.
*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW members in good standing only.
**Student Discount only applies to full time students currently enrolled in social work and MHP master level programs.
This is an ACE Foundation Program. If this is your first time taking an ACE Foundation program not co-sponsored by an NYSSCSW, you will be prompted to make your complimentary account on the ACE Foundation Learning Center platform, where you will be able to access all program information, course materials and information for future ACE Foundation programs from your member dashboard. You will be asked to set a password for your new ACE Foundation Learning Center account.
St. Thomas Aquinas College
Private Dining Hall at McNelis Commons
125 Route 340, Sparkill, NY 10976
The space can accommodate approximately 50 attendees.
Please register by Wednesday, September 21 at 5pm.
Participants will demonstrate learning by being able to:
Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.
This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.
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.
Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation. Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
ACE welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Kristin or Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org, at time of registration, to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA), Section 505 of the Rehabilitation ACT.
Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded. For cancellation please call 1-800-288-4279, or email us at email@example.com.
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Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0121.
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; LP# P0017; LMFT #0028; LMHC #0045.