ACE Foundation Programs

2020 Program Archive

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


Program Description

Distinguishing bipolar disorder from depression and borderline personality is one of the most difficult tasks clinicians face in everyday practice. This seminar will provide clinicians with a/our part diagnostic method to distinguish patients with borderline personality and unipolar depression from those with bipolar illness. Drawing on empirically tested research and psychodynamic studies, Dr. Quinn will discuss the many ways that clinicians can help patients and their families struggling with bipolar illness. Evidence based psychotherapies will be discussed. Participants will learn why antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics should not form the foundation of treatment for bipolar illness.

  • 8:30 – 9:00 Sign in and networking
  • 9:00 – 10:15 Depression: Unipolar or Bipolar? (and why it matters)
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Break
  • 10:30 – 12:00 Diagnosis: Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse and Borderline Personality
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Lunch (provided)
  • 12:30 – 2:00 Psychotherapy, Fun Video Clips, Comedy and Mania
  • 2:00 – 2:15 Break
  • 2:15 – 3:30 Your Worst Fear: Identifying and Managing Acute Suicide Risk Potent Non-Drug Treatments for Mood Disorders Medications
  • 3:30 – 4:00 Questions, Answers, Comments and Discussion

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW current members 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.


Sunday, March 29, 2020

9:00am - 4:00pm

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Brian Quinn, LCSW, Ph.D.

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contact Hours:

6.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

NYS CE Accreditation for:


The Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0028; licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0045; licensed psychoanalysts #P-0017; licensed psychologists #PSY-0121; and licensed social workers #SW-0056.

Out of State Providers:

Out-of-state providers are welcome to request a certificate upon completion of the presentation evaluation but must check with their own state licensing boards to inquire about whether or not the certificate is recognized as transferrable for CEs in their state’s jurisdiction.


Registration is closed.

Program Details

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

  1. List the signs of current depressive mixed states and past history of hypomania.
  2. Identify the four lines of clinical evidence that must be assessed to identify patients with bipolar spectrum illnesses and to distinguish them from those with unipolar depression.
  3. Cite evidence demonstrating why antidepressants, Lamictal, and atypical Antipsychotics should not form the foundation of treatment for bipolar patients.
  4. Describe ways to help the bipolar patient accept the diagnosis of bipolar illness and the need for mood stabilizing medications.
  5. Describe ways to work with the psychiatric consultant regarding the diagnosis of bipolar illness and the need for mood stabilizing medication.

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, Ph.D. is a clinical social worker with a post graduate certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He specializes in working with people with mood disorders and substance abuse. Dr. Quinn, who has over thirty years of experience, has given seminars nationwide on depression and bipolar disorder and has taught continuing education courses on bipolar disorder at graduate schools. He 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, 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.

Cancellation Policy:

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

Inclement Weather Policy:

Should Inclement weather occur, we will be notifying all registrants via the email by which the registrant signed up. Please be sure to check your email before you leave for the course.

  • 6.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • All registrations must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to the program.
  • 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:
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