Psychopharmacology & Co-Occurring Disorders

Comprehensive Psychopharmacology

“Comprehensive Psychopharmacology and Integrated Holistic Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders”

Presented by:  Donna Lael Ehlers, MD
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 21, 2017

Crowne Plaza San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, CA 

Educational Level:  All Levels | 6 CE Hours

Fees: Register by 7/14/2017 and receive a discounted rate.

By 7/14  After 7/14 
Pre License Member  $119  $139
 Clinical Member $149 $199
 Non Member $179 $229

Workshop Description:

The workshop will be a dynamic mix of didactic learning, interactive opportunities, and real client presentations. Part I will include a comprehensive overview of the neuroscience and practical application of psychopharmacology. Basic biochemistry, neural circuits, neuroanatomy will be discussed in detail especially in relationship to psychotropic medication. The most widely prescribed medications will be explored regarding doses, risk/benefit profiles, side effect profiles, and specific targets of symptom management. Medical monitoring of medication including laboratory follow up will be addressed.

Part II of the workshop will focus on practical application especially in terms of Co-Occurring Disorders. We will review the benefits of an integrative approach to care incorporating our discussions of the role of psychotropic medication in holistic healing.         

Finally we will embrace the importance of healing on all levels of body, mind and spirit to offer help to these complicated and challenging disorders.

Workshop Goals:

The workshop will be an integration of didactic learning to establish a strong neuroscience foundation for the practical application of psychopharmacology, include a media presentation of “real” patients and collaborative development of successful treatment strategies. 

The target audience is anyone who shares an interest in understanding the role of psychopharmacology in the holistic treatment of clients with mental illness including those with co-occurring disorders. 

The mission is to introduce and review basic neuroscience and connect this to understanding theory and purpose of psychopharmacology at a fundamental level. This will lead to an understanding of the portfolio of medications often used together to aid in remission of mental illness. 

At the end of the workshop each participant should experience a paradigm shift in understanding the importance of psychopharmacology in the treatment of mental illness and especially in the role of self-medication in the co-occurring disordered client.

One of the most important goals of this presenter is to facilitate integrative holistic care, freeing the audience of any residual prejudice of the use of psychotropic medication, through knowledge and awareness of the benefits for our mentally ill clients.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, participates will be able to:

  1. Discuss underlying biochemistry, neurotransmitters and neural circuits involved in symptom Presentations;
  2. Define the monoamine hypothesis of depression and the use of specific antidepressants to target specific symptomatology and the role of portfolios in medication regimen;
  3. Identify the role of various mood stabilizers especially whether they help in the manic or depressed phases of mood disorders;
  4. Outline the various uses of the Atypical Antipsychotics with Depression, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, PTSD and Borderline personality disorders;
  5. Identify the role, dangers and uses of anxiolytic medication and how they relate to problems in Gaba system and related neural circuits;
  6. Recognize the correlation of brain biochemistry, role of medication and tendency to self- medicate in certain populations leading to complicated co-occurring disorders;
  7. Recognize the importance of holistic care and an integrated approach to co-occurring disorders in order to achieve best outcome with healing of body, mind and spirit.

The workshop includes workshop handout, continental breakfast and afternoon snack.  Lunch on own.  A small block of discounted rooms has been arranged for Thursday evening, July 20, 2017 at $189 per night plus 12% tax and $1.10 tourism fee.  To order to receive the discounted rate, please call 877-252-1558.  Be sure to reference the CAMFT Workshop 2017 when calling to get his special rate.  Hotel self-parking is available for CAMFT members at a discounted day rate of $8.00 and $10.00 for overnight parking.  Guest room and meeting room internet is complementary.

Dr. Donna Ehlers, a board certified psychiatrist, has over 30 years’ experience in a multicultural, multidisciplinary team approach. Dr. Ehlers has worked with indigent clients in the homeless population, dual diagnosis patients, personality disorder clients as well as high functioning clients with mood disorders and PTSD. She has collaborated in teams on the inpatient setting as well as in her current practice with Kaiser Permanente. Her current position allows her the opportunity to collaborate with many different team members including clerical, LVN’s, RN’s, MFT’s, LCSW’s, other physicians and security staff. Dr. Ehlers has extensive experience in working with chemical dependency, dual diagnosis patients and for the last eight years has been instrumental as part of an Integrated Pain Management Program(IPMP) that received the highest recognition for patient care. The IPMP consists of a multidisciplinary team of physical therapists, psychologists, pain specialists, anesthesiologists, physical medicine doctors and pharmacists. Dr. Ehlers has been invited many times to share her expertise at Kaiser Permanente Seminars in Southern California and often volunteers to give lectures on various subjects at local Wellness Centers. Dr. Ehlers practices meditation, and enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and international travel in her free time. 

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1177 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 United States

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