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2017 CABS Conference October 19, 2017, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm University Club, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Evidence-Based Therapy and Assessment Approaches
for Bipolar Spectrum Disorders in Youth


OVERVIEW. The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS) of WPIC is proud to present the second conference on early identification and treatment of bipolar spectrum disorders in youth. Early and correct diagnosis is critical in youth with mood dysregulation; however, it can often take up to ten years to identify and treat bipolar disorders. Subthreshold mood symptoms, comorbid psychiatric conditions, and the new DSM-5 mixed features should be assessed carefully to prevent delayed or incorrect diagnosis. There is limited knowledge about how to screen and monitor mood swings in youth and how to weigh risks and benefits of available interventions. Faculty from CABS will cover various topics including high risk populations, assessment methods, early diagnosis, psychosocial and medication interventions, and management of bipolar spectrum disorders in youth. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? The conference is designed to present the latest research and clinical knowledge regarding mood dysregulation to a wide audience: Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, psychopharmacologists, physician assistants working in mental health settings, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychiatric nurses, social workers, teachers, and peer specialists), patients, and families.

COURSE DIRECTORS

 Boris Birmaher, MD
 Professor of Psychiatry
 Endowed Chair in Early Onset Bipolar Disease
 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
 Director, Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS)
 Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

 

 

 Rasim Somer Diler, MD
 Associate Professor of Psychiatry
 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
 Medical Director, Inpatient Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS)
 Co-Director, Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services
 Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 David Miklowitz, PhD
 Professor of Psychiatry
 Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
 Semel Institute, University of California Los Angeles
 Senior Clinical Research Fellow
 Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University

 

CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS

Judith A. Cohen, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Drexel University
Medical Director, Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents
Allegheny General Hospital

Rachel Fersch-Podrat, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS)
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Tina Goldstein, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Licensed Psychologist
Director of Psychotherapy Training, Pediatric Mood Disorders
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS)
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Laura Gillespie, MS
Outpatient Therapist
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS)
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Danella Hafeman, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Christine A. Hoover, RN, MSN, PMHCNS, BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS)
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Nina Hotkowski, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS)
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Nicole Kroll, MS, NCC
Evaluator Clinician
Inpatient Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (In-CABS)
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Kassandra Moore, BSN, RN
Nurse Clinician
Inpatient Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (In-CABS)
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Dara Sakolsky, MD, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Services for Teens at Risk (STAR)
Psychiatrist, Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS)
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Amy Schlonski, LCSW, BCD
Child and Family Therapist
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS)
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Sue Wassick, RN 
Nurse Clinician
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS)
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Tim Winbush, LCSW 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS)
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

All individuals in a position to control the content of this education activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients.

SCHEDULE

8:00 am Registration 

8:30 am Background 
Rasim Somer Diler, MD

9:00-10:00 am Keynote Address - Family Focused Therapy (FFT) in Youth with Bipolar Spectrum Disorders
David Miklowitz, PhD

10:00-10:45 am New Findings in Motivational Interview (MI) In Youth with Bipolar Spectrum Disorders
Tina Goldstein, PhD

10:45-11:00 am Break

11:00-11:45 am Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in Youth with Bipolar Spectrum Disorders
Judith A. Cohen, MD

11:45 am-12:15 pm Discussion Forum - Q&A session: Evidence Based Therapies in Youth with Bipolar Spectrum Disorders 
Moderator - Boris Birmaher, MD 
Discussants - David Miklowitz, PhD; Tina Goldstein, PhD, and; Judith A. Cohen, MD

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:30-2:30 pm Breakout Session 1

Breakout A: Challenges in Assessment and Monitoring of Mood for Youth with Bipolar Spectrum Disorders 
Christine A. Hoover, RN, MSN, PMHCNS, BC, Kassandra Moore, BSN, RN, and Sue Wassick, RN

Breakout B: Challenges in Risk and Benefit Assessment for Pharmacotherapy for Youth with Bipolar Spectrum  Disorders 
Danella Hafeman, MD, PhD and Dara Sakolsky, MD, PhD

2:30-2:45 pm Break 

2:45-4:00 pm Breakout Session 2

Breakout C: Accessing Behavioral Health Services, School Services & Identifying Levels of Care for Families and Youth with Bipolar Spectrum Disorders
Laura Gillespie, LSW, Nicole Kroll, MS, Amy Schlonski, LCSW, BCD and Tim Winbush, LCSW

Breakout D: Challenges in Treatment Adherence and Chain Analysis for Youth with Bipolar Spectrum Disorders 
Rachael Fersch-Podrat, LCSW and Nina Hotkowski, LCSW

4:00 pm Adjourn 

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS.  Continuing education credits will be available for this conference.

Learning Objectives. At the conclusion of the program, participants should be able to: 

  1. Identify core features of mania, depression, and mixed features for accurate diagnosis (e.g. episodicity, elated mood, irritability, functional impairment).
  2. Differentiate manic, hypomanic, and mixed mood presentations in youth from other common psychiatric diagnoses and normal development. 
  3. Identify appropriate assessment/monitoring instruments & evidence-based treatment options for youth with bipolar spectrum disorders.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.  We would like to thank the McGuinn Family Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, all of our youth and their families for their great support of our research activities.

QUESTIONS.  For additional information on Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS), please visit the event website or contact Nancy Mundy (Telephone: 412-204-9090; Email: mundynl@upmc.edu) at the Office of Educational and Regional Programming.