According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Bi-Polar Disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels where day-to-day tasks become difficult. The symptoms can be severe and are more difficult to manage than normal than everyday highs and lows. If a person suffers from Bi-Polar Disorder poor job and/or school performance is often a problem. Other problems that can occur could be a change in energy levels, activities, sleep and behavior. Damaged relationships and even suicide are sometimes reported with this disorder. It is estimated that over 5 million American suffer from Bi-Polar Disorder.
If you work with clients who suffer from this debilitating disorder and/or you want to learn more, attending this workshop will help you understand how Bipolar Disorder manifests in behavior and effective treatment that can help clients.
METHOD of PRESENTATION
A case study review and video of a client diagnosed with Bi-Polar I
What has helped/ not helped
Her advice to others struggling with the disorder
Discussion and additional illustrations will be presented.
During the program to following concepts are addressed:
The diagnostic criteria for Bi-Polar I & II; Prevalence in the USA
The difference in symptomatology for each type of Bi-Polar disorder
How the systems manifest themselves in behavior of the client
Empowering treatment strategies from Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Logo therapy
Current research on treatment modalities for Bi-Polar I & II
Participants will come away with a better understanding of how Bi-polar disorder manifests in behavior and effective treatment that can help the client.
The impacts of a physical trauma are well understood in the medical community, and treatment approaches have become quite advanced. Our ability to study the brain and its reactions to physical and chemical stimuli is relatively new, but growing at incredible speeds. "Traumatic Stress: New Mechanisms and Effective Treatment" will bring together a group of internationally recognized researchers to deliver a whole new perspective on what physically happens in the brain during and following traumatic stress. They will explore not only the physical, but the behavioral and emotional reactions to traumatic stress through the lens of groundbreaking new research. Most importantly, they will offer a fresh perspective on care and treatment. This conference will change how you look at traumatic stress in the brain and what to do about it.
Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism spectrum disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. He currently works in his own private practice, and is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane. His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 350,000 copies and has been translated into over 25 languages. His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, was published in October 2006 and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome. He has several subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guilford Press.
Tony has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and International Conferences. He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with Asperger's syndrome all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject.
He has worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with Asperger's syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Traumatic stress is a powerful moderator of physical and mental health outcomes. The impact of traumatic stress is visible across the lifespan from perinatal to late life stages of development. The biological mechanisms that drive symptom onset and expression have been the focus of intense study. Advances in neuroimaging and psychophysiology methods and applications now define clinical phenotypes that map onto biological indices. Treatment approaches that target specific cognitive, behavioral, and biological processes linked to traumatic symptoms show promise yet additional work is needed to optimize outcomes for individuals exposed to traumatic events.
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders have increasingly captured the attention of researchers and clinicians in recent years. Children with these disorders may experience crippling neuropsychiatric symptoms following an illness or as the result of certain environmental factors. The healing process can be long and difficult. A very important part of the recovery process is psychotherapy. Dr. C. Alec Pollard will speak about the issues facing these children and the local resources available to support their families. Lori Suthar, the parent of a child with PANS will share her own experience.
The instructor will introduce concepts of drug action in the body. Basic concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics will enable the learner to understand the therapeutic and adverse actions of drugs. Discussion will center on the rationale for drug use in psychiatric illnesses. The major classes of medications will be reviewed, including a discussion of the specific therapeutic action and side effects of agents in each class of drugs. Side effects that need immediate attention, that may present harm to staff or the client, or present as intoxication will be highlighted. Often clients do not adhere to their prescribed medication regimen, leading to a return of symptoms. The major reasons for nonadherence and strategies for encouraging clients to take their medications will be discussed. Time will be available to discuss questions during the presentation.