Throughout history, titans of civilization have been touched by the fire of the bipolar spectrum. The force of bipolar passions has powered cultural leaders whose contributions shape the context of our lives. From Martin Luther, Napoleon Bonaparte and Vincent Van Gogh to Ernest Hemingway, Winston Churchill and Ted Turner, the impact of bipolarity has affected many of the extraordinary people whose life work impacts us the most.
People in the bipolar spectrum are frequently seen in mental health practices. Loved ones and families of bipolar patients are adversely affected and Bipolar Disorder is increasingly recognized in children as well. It commonly co-occurs with anxiety disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, substance abuse, and other conditions addressed by mental health clinicians. In this result-oriented program you will become familiar with the rapid evolution, and current state-of-the-art in treatment for people in the bipolar spectrum. Psychopharmacology, cognitive and behavioral therapy, life management and wellness skills updates will be presented in an application-oriented manner designed to enhance the effectiveness of the practicing clinician.
By listening to this program, you will enhance your ability to:
Understand the incidence, prevalence, clinical features and course of bipolar disorder
Employ effective methods for assessment and treatment planning with the bipolar patient
Discuss bipolar spectrum features that support achievement, innovation and leadership
List medications currently in use for the treatment of bipolar spectrum conditions, and their applications in the acute and maintenance phases of treatment
Evaluate medication management options for manic, depressed, rapid cycling, and mixed episodes of bipolar disorder
Appreciate the psychological issues experienced by people with bipolar spectrum conditions
Utilize a variety of psycho-social interventions for people with bipolar disorder including patient education, CBT, social rhythm therapy, family focused treatment, life management skills, assertive community treatment, and psycho-social rehabilitation
Recognize conditions that frequently co-occur with bipolar disorder, and employ or recommend appropriate treatment approaches
Includes a CD of all handouts and tests in pdf format.