Core III: Depression and Core IV: Pediatric Bipolar Disorder & Aggression

Date: 11-28-17 Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Where: New York Medical College - Valhalla, NY

New York Medical College – Alumni House
20 Sunshine Cottage Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

Presenter: Amy Silverman, MD

Core III: “Assessment and Treatment of Depression in Children and Adolescents”

Child and adolescent depression is the focus of the third core training program. Participants should be able to:

  • Explain the data that led to the Black Box Warning for SSRI’s, with an understanding of the safety and efficacy of antidepressant use in children and adolescents.
  • Identify with the diagnostic criteria, assessment tools, and clinical reality of adolescent depression.
  • Apply evidence-based treatments for adolescent depression, including the effective application of antidepressant medications.

Core IV: “The Diagnosis & Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder” & “The Management of Aggression in Children & Adolescents”

The final event of this series will provide tools to diagnose and treat bipolar disorder, while also taking a closer look at how to manage all forms of aggression as it unfolds in your pediatric patients. Throughout this program, participants should:

  • Recognize and differentiate between pediatric bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders with similar clinical presentations.
  • Explain the use of rating scales to assist with ruling-in, or ruling-out, bipolar disorder in children, as well as the treatment algorithms and evidence-based medications used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Differentiate between pediatric behavioral health issues that present with aggression, and learn effective psychopharmacological approaches for clinical aggression.

Dinner will be provided.
Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

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Core I: ADHD and Core II: Anxiety

Date: 11-14-17 Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Where: New York Medical College - Valhalla, NY

New York Medical College – Alumni House
40 Sunshine Cottage Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

Presenter: Amy Silverman, MD

Core I: “The Finer Points of ADHD: How to Assess and Maximize Treatment”

During the first session of this intensive training series, PCPs will gain a deeper understanding of ADHD diagnosis and treatment. Throughout this event, participants should be able to:

  • Explain how to assess special populations for ADHD: preschoolers, adolescents and parents, and learn essential methods for working “the toughest” ADHD cases.
  • Identify and use ADHD rating scales that are helpful in ruling out other conditions that may mimic ADHD.
  • Apply optimal ADHD medication treatment principles, including the use of rating scales and medication titration.

Core II: “Assessment and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders”

PCPs are often tasked with treating pediatric anxiety, both at onset and its reoccuring symptoms. During this event, participants should:

  • Discuss the most current research regarding the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorder in children and adolescents.
  • Demonstrate how to effectively screen and assess for pediatric anxiety disorders in a primary care setting.
  • Apply evidence-based treatment approaches for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

Dinner will be provided.
Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

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Core IV: “The Diagnosis & Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder” & “The Management of Aggression in Children & Adolescents”

Date: 10-30-17 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Where: 200 Clark Drive, Fultonville, NY

Montgomery County Public Safety Facility Emergency Command Center
200 Clark Drive, Fultonville, NY 12072

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Be able to identify and differentiate among pediatric behavioral problems such as depression, substance abuse and bipolar disorder.
  • Become familiar with the use of rating scales to assist in ruling in, or ruling out, bipolar disorder in children, as well as the treatment algorithms and evidence-based medications used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Gain an understanding of how to differentiate between pediatric behavioral health issues that present with aggression, and learn effective psychopharmacological approaches for clinical aggression.

Dinner will be provided.

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Core III: “Assessment and Treatment of Depression in Children and Adolescents”

Date: 10-16-17 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Where: 200 Clark Drive, Fultonville, NY

Montgomery County Public Safety Facility Emergency Command Center
200 Clark Drive, Fultonville, NY 12072

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of the data that led to the Black Box Warning for SSRIs with an understanding that the safety and efficacy of antidepressant use in children and adolescents.
  • Become familiar with the diagnostic criteria, assessment tools and clinical reality of adolescent depression.
  • Gain an understanding of evidence-based treatments for adolescent depression, including effective application of antidepressant medications.

Dinner will be provided.

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Core II: “Assessment and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders”

Date: 10-02-17 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Where: 200 Clark Drive, Fultonville, NY

Montgomery County Public Safety Facility Emergency Command Center
200 Clark Drive, Fultonville, NY

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Become familiar with the most current research regarding the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Learn how to screen and assess for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents in a primary care setting.
  • Gain a greater understanding of evidence-based treatment approaches for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

Dinner will be provided.

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Core I: “The Finer Points of ADHD: How to Assess and Maximize Treatment”

Date: 09-18-17 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Where: 200 Clark Drive, Fultonville, NY

Montgomery County Public Safety Facility Emergency Command Center
200 Clark Drive, Fultonville, NY 12072

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to assess special populations for ADHD: preschoolers, adolescents, and parents and learn essential methods for working “the toughest” ADHD cases.
  • Gain an understanding of the effective use of ADHD rating scales and how to rule out other conditions that may mimic ADHD.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to apply optimal ADHD medication treatment principals, including the use of rating scales and medication titration.

Dinner will be provided.

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“Understanding and Treating the Complex Puzzle of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury”

Date: 09-15-17 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Where: Hilton Garden Inn, Clifton Park

Hilton Garden Inn – Saratoga Ballroom
30 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065

This event is free of charge for professionals affiliated in a Pediatric or Primary Care office.

Presented by Barent Walsh, Ph.D.
Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Clinical Consultant, The Bridge, Worcester, MA; Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance and Author

One of the most challenging problems for physicians, clinicians and other professionals is dealing effectively with non-suicidal self-injury. Of special concern is that self-injury has recently moved from clinical populations such as those served in hospitals and group homes to the general population including middle, high school and college students. This presentation will focus on understanding, managing and treating diverse forms of self-injury including arm and body cutting, self-inflicted burning, excoriation of wounds, and other more serious examples. Self-injury will be distinguished from suicidal behavior in terms of a number of key characteristics, but will also be discussed as a major risk factor for suicide attempts.

A “Stepped Care Approach” regarding the management and treatment of self-injury
will be reviewed. This approached is used so that clients and families receive only as much support and targeted treatment as they need. Very practical suggestions in
dealing with self-injury will be discussed.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate self-injury from suicide, while also recognizing that ongoing self-injury is a risk factor for suicide attempts.
  • Define how to respond to self-injury initially including appropriate language, demeanor, and questioning techniques.
  • Review two steps in a stepped care approach in assessing, managing, and treating self-injury.
  • Understand, manage, and prevent social contagion of self-injury.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Program will start at 9:00 a.m.
A continental breakfast is included.

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Introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Primary Care

Date: 06-15-17 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where: Four Winds Hospital - Westchester, NY

Four Winds Hospital – Westchester
800 Cross River Road, Cross River, New York 10536

This program is free to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics offices.

Guest Presenter: Charlie Swenson, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dialectical behavior therapy is an evidence-based treatment for adults and adolescents with chronic and severe emotional dysregulation, supported by 26 published randomized controlled trials. This includes treatment of individuals with borderline personality disorder, substance use disorders, eating disorders, and PTSD. It is a modified cognitive behavioral treatment model centered around the acquisition and application of emotion regulation skills, augmented by acceptance-based strategies to address suffering, and dialectical strategies to help with polarization and impasses. In this two hour presentation, the instructor will provide an introduction to DBT along with considerations about its applications within a primary care setting. Discussion will center around problems with this patient population in primary care and how to apply DBT interventions.

As a result of this presentation, participants will:

  1. Describe the patient populations and behavioral problems targeted in a DBT program.
  2. List the indications for referring a patient from primary care to a DBT therapist or program.
  3. Specify the core strategies used in DBT to treat these patients.
  4. Explain the nature of the behavioral skills taught in DBT.
  5. Articulate how these strategies and skills might be applied in the primary care setting

Dinner will be provided.

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Core IV: “The Diagnosis & Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder” & “The Management of Aggression in Children & Adolescents”

Date: 05-18-17 Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Hospital, Westchester, NY

Conference Center
800 Cross River Road, Katonah, NY 10536

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Be able to identify and differentiate among pediatric behavioral problems such as depression, substance abuse and bipolar disorder.
  • Become familiar with the use of rating scales to assist in ruling in, or ruling out, bipolar disorder in children, as well as the treatment algorithms and evidence-based medications used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Gain an understanding of how to differentiate between pediatric behavioral health issues that present with aggression, and learn effective psychopharmacological approaches for clinical aggression.

Dinner will be provided.

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Understanding and Managing the Complex Puzzle of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

Date: 05-11-17 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where: Four Winds Hospital - Westchester, NY

Four Winds Hospital – Westchester
800 Cross River Road, Cross River, New York 10536

This program is free to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics offices.

Presented by Barent Walsh, Ph.D.
Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Clinical Consultant at The Bridge

A challenging problem for medical practitioners is dealing effectively with non-suicidal self-injury. Of special concern is that self-injury has recently moved from clinical populations such as those served in hospitals and group homes to the general population including middle, high school and college students. This presentation will focus on understanding and responding to diverse forms of self-injury including arm and body cutting, self-inflicted burning, excoriation of wounds, and other more serious examples. Self-injury will be distinguished from suicidal behavior in terms of a number of key characteristics, but will also be discussed as a risk factor for suicide attempts.

An introduction to responding to self-injury will be provided including:

  • Defining how to respond to self-injury initially including appropriate language, demeanor, and questioning techniques.
  • Deciding when self-injury is a crisis and when it is not.
  • Reviewing basic counseling strategies

Very practical suggestions in dealing with self-injury will be discussed. The topic of social contagion of self-injury will also be addressed with guidelines for preventing and managing this problem.

Dinner will be provided.

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Core III: “Assessment & Treatment of Depression in Children and Adolescents”

Date: 05-04-17 Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Hospital, Westchester, NY

Conference Center
800 Cross River Road, Katonah, NY 10536

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of the data that led to the Black Box Warning for SSRIs with an understanding that the safety and efficacy of antidepressant use in children and adolescents.
  • Become familiar with the diagnostic criteria, assessment tools and clinical reality of adolescent depression.
  • Gain an understanding of evidence-based treatments for adolescent depression, including effective application of antidepressant medications.

Dinner will be provided.

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Core II: “Assessment & Treatment of Child & Adolescent Anxiety Disorders”

Date: 04-20-17 Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Hospital, Westchester, NY

Conference Center
800 Cross River Road, Katonah, NY 10536

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Become familiar with the most current research regarding the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Learn how to screen and assess for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents in a primary care setting.
  • Gain a greater understanding of evidence-based treatment approaches for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

Dinner will be provided.

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Core I: “The Finer Points of ADHD: How to Assess and Maximize Treatment”

Date: 03-30-17 Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Hospital, Westchester, NY

Conference Center
800 Cross River Road, Katonah, NY 10536

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to assess special populations for ADHD: preschoolers, adolescents, and parents and learn essential methods for working “the toughest” ADHD cases.
  • Gain an understanding of the effective use of ADHD rating scales and how to rule out other conditions that may mimic ADHD.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to apply optimal ADHD medication treatment principals, including the use of rating scales and medication titration.

Dinner will be provided.

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Childhood and Adolescent Eating Disorders: Effective Interventions

Date: 03-24-17 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall

Presenters:
Rebecka Peebles, M.D., Co-Director, Adolescent Medicine Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Tammy Ogden, R.T., Maudsley Meal Coach, Albany Medical Center
Sharon Alger-Mayer, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Albany Medical College

Throughout the morning, three presentations will be given to further your knowledge and broaden your skill set to help you better identify and treat adolescents with eating disorders within your practice.

At the close of this event, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of childhood eating disorders.
  • Describe differences and similarities between anorexia nervosa and ARFID.
  • Identify strategies to achieve remission.
  • Understand the role of Maudsley Family based therapy in recovery from eating disorders.
  • Recognize tools and strategies to assist families in avoiding meal time conflicts.
  • Recognize “eating disorder thoughts” and how to avoid allowing them to sabotage recovery.
  • Understand indications for inpatient, outpatient and residential levels of care.
  • Recognize criteria for inpatient medical stabilization.
  • Understand value of treatment within the community to facilitate re-integration back into school, work, etc.

Accreditation
Physicians: Albany Medical College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Albany Medical College designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Core IV: “The Diagnosis & Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder” & “The Management of Aggression in Children & Adolescents”

Date: 11-15-16 Time: 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Where: Cornerstone Family Healthcare, Newburgh, NY

Mackintosh Community Room
147 Lake Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to identify and differentiate between pediatric bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders with similar presentations, such as depression and substance abuse.
  • Become familiar with the use of rating scales to assist in ruling in, or ruling out, bipolar disorder in children, as well as treatment algorithms and evidence-based medications used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to differentiate between pediatric behavioral health issues that present with aggression, and learn effective psychopharmacological approaches for clinical aggression.

5:45 pm dinner will be provided

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How Did America Create Its Own Opiate Crisis? The Road Into Addiction And The Road Out

Date: 11-04-16 Time: 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM Where: Four Winds Hospital - Westchester, NY

Four Winds Hospital – Westchester
750 Cross River Road, Cross River, New York 10518

This program is free to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics offices.

Liz Jorgensen, CADC
Insight Counseling, LLC, Ridgefield, CT

As a result of this educational activity participants will be able to:

  1. Name the historic roots of the current opiate abuse crisis in the United States from a systems perspective.
  2. Describe the most prominent risk factors for those who are most susceptible to opiate abuse and/or addiction after exposure.
  3. Participants will be able to name and describe local resources for medical and treatment help, mutual self-help support groups and other free resources.

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Core IV: “The Diagnosis & Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder” & “The Management of Aggression in Children & Adolescents”

Date: 11-03-16 Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Hospital - Westchester, NY

Conference Center
800 Cross River Road, Katonah, NY 10536

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to identify and differentiate between pediatric bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders with similar presentations, such as depression and substance abuse.
  • Become familiar with the use of rating scales to assist in ruling in, or ruling out, bipolar disorder in children, as well as treatment algorithms and evidence-based medications used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to differentiate between pediatric behavioral health issues that present with aggression, and learn effective psychopharmacological approaches for clinical aggression.

Dinner will be provided.

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Uncovering Hidden Suicidal Ideation in a Primary Care Setting

Date: 11-03-16 Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall

Presented by Shawn Christopher Shea, M.D.
Director, Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing (TISA) and in private practice.

Undoubtedly one of the most difficult and critical tasks for any clinician is the assessment of suicide risk, especially within the often tight time restraints of the primary care setting. In this workshop, participants will be given a sound introduction to one of the most highly recommended approaches for uncovering suicidal ideation, planning, behaviors, and intent – the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach).

Objectives:

  1. Be able to describe the inherent difficulties of uncovering suicidal ideation and intent in a primary care setting.
  2. Be able to utilize the following validity techniques as they relate to eliciting suicidal ideation: normalization, shame attenuation, the behavioral incident, gentle assumption, denial of the specific, and the catch all question and symptom amplification.
  3. Be able to describe and utilize an innovative interview strategy for eliciting suicidal ideation, the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach) as adapted to a busy primary care setting.

Dinner will be provided.

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Recovery-Oriented Treatment For Young Adults With Newly Emerging Psychotic Symptoms

Date: 10-28-16 Time: 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM Where: Four Winds Hospital - Westchester, NY

Four Winds Hospital – Westchester
750 Cross River Road, Cross River, New York 10518

This program is free to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics offices.

Lisa M. Dixon, MD, MPH
Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center: Director, Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research and Center for Practice Innovations

The benefit of early intervention for individuals with non-affective psychoses such as schizophrenia is supported by research suggesting shorter duration of untreated psychosis and multdisciplinary team-based treatment contribute to better treatment outcomes. A new conceptualization of schizophrenia has led to a new care model developed for patients with first-episode schizophrenia that fosters recovery and prevents disability.

As a result of this educational activity, participants will be able to describe elements of this care model for proactive treatment of early psychosis, including:

  1. Reducing the duration of active symptoms through rapid identification, engagement and treatment of patients with first episode psychosis.
  2. Pharmacologic management that emphasizes shared decision making and use of lowest effective dosages.
  3. Integrating pharmacologic management with psychosocial therapies and recovery-oriented approaches that involve other mental health professionals and peer supports.

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Core III: “Assessment & Treatment of Depression in Children and Adolescents”

Date: 10-18-16 Time: 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Where: Cornerstone Family Healthcare, Newburgh, NY

Mackintosh Community Room
147 Lake Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of the data that led to the Black Box Warning for SSRIs with an understanding that the safety and efficacy of antidepressant use in children and adolescents.
  • Gain an understanding of the diagnostic criteria, assessment tools and clinical reality of adolescent depression.
  • Gain an understanding of evidence-based treatments for adolescent depression, including the appropriate use of antidepressant medications.

5:45 pm dinner will be provided.

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Core III: “Assessment & Treatment of Depression in Children and Adolescents”

Date: 10-13-16 Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Hospital, Westchester, NY

Conference Center
800 Cross River Road, Katonah, NY 10536

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of the data that led to the Black Box Warning for SSRIs with an understanding that the safety and efficacy of antidepressant use in children and adolescents.
  • Gain an understanding of the diagnostic criteria, assessment tools and clinical reality of adolescent depression.
  • Gain an understanding of evidence-based treatments for adolescent depression, including the appropriate use of antidepressant medications.

Dinner will be provided.

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Core II: “Assessment & Treatment of Child & Adolescent Anxiety Disorders”

Date: 10-06-16 Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Hospital, Westchester, NY

Conference Center
800 Cross River Road, Katonah, NY 10536

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of the most current research regarding the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Learn how to screen and assess for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents in a primary care setting.
  • Gain a greater understanding of evidence-based treatment approaches for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

Dinner will be provided.

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Core I: “The Finer Points of ADHD: How to Assess and Maximize Treatment”

Date: 09-22-16 Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Hospital, Westchester, NY

Conference Center
800 Cross River Road, Katonah, NY 10536

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to assess special populations for ADHD: preschoolers, adolescents, and parents.
  • Learn essential methods for working “the toughest” ADHD cases.
  • Gain an understanding of the effective use of ADHD rating scales and how to rule out other conditions that may mimic ADHD.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to apply optimal ADHD medication treatment principals, including the use of rating scales and medication titration.

Dinner will be provided.

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Core II: “Assessment & Treatment of Child & Adolescent Anxiety Disorders”

Date: 09-20-16 Time: 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Where: Cornerstone Family Healthcare, Newburgh, NY

Mackintosh Community Room
147 Lake Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

Seating preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of the most current research regarding the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Learn how to screen and assess for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents in a primary care setting.
  • Gain a greater understanding of evidence-based treatment approaches for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

5:45 pm dinner will be provided.

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Core IV: “The Diagnosis & Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder” & “The Management of Aggression in Children & Adolescents”

Date: 07-13-16 Time: 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Where: Glens Falls Hospital - Community Learning Center

Seating is limited – preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to identify and differentiate between pediatric bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders with similar presentations, such as depression and substance abuse.
  • Become familiar with the use of rating scales to assist in ruling in, or ruling out, bipolar disorder in children, as well as treatment algorithms and evidence-based medications used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to differentiate between pediatric behavioral health issues that present with aggression, and learn effective psychopharmacological approaches for clinical aggression.

5:30 pm dinner will be provided

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Core III: “Assessment & Treatment of Depression in Children and Adolescents”

Date: 06-01-16 Time: 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Where: Glens Falls Hospital - Community Learning Center

Seating is limited – preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of the data that led to the Black Box Warning for SSRIs with an understanding that the safety and efficacy of antidepressant use in children and adolescents.
  • Gain an understanding of the diagnostic criteria, assessment tools and clinical reality of adolescent depression.
  • Gain an understanding of evidence-based treatments for adolescent depression, including the appropriate use of antidepressant medications.

5:30 pm dinner will be provided.

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Core II: “Assessment & Treatment of Child & Adolescent Anxiety Disorders”

Date: 05-04-16 Time: 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Where: Glens Falls Hospital - Community Learning Center

Seating is limited – preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of the most current research regarding the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Learn how to screen and assess for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents in a primary care setting.
  • Gain a greater understanding of evidence-based treatment approaches for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

5:30 pm dinner will be provided.

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Core I: “The Finer Points of ADHD: How to Assess and Maximize Treatment”

Date: 04-20-16 Time: 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Where: Glens Falls Hospital - Community Learning Center

Seating is limited – preference will be given to those working in Primary Care or Pediatrics.

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to assess special populations for ADHD: preschoolers, adolescents, and parents.
  • Learn essential methods for working “the toughest” ADHD cases.
  • Gain an understanding of the effective use of ADHD rating scales and how to rule out other conditions that may mimic ADHD.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to apply optimal ADHD medication treatment principals, including the use of rating scales and medication titration.

5:30 pm dinner will be provided.

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Full-Day Conference: “Best Practices for Managing Youth with Autism”

Date: 12-04-15 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Where: Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa, Saratoga Springs, NY

REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN. WALK-INS WELCOME

Full-Day Conference – Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Location: Gideon Putnam Resort, 24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Presented by Matthew Siegel, M.D., Director, Developmental Disorders Program, Maine Behavioral Healthcare and Maine Medical Center, Portland.

This full day conference will highlight assessment and treatment guidelines for children and adolescents with autism. A special focus will be placed on challenging behaviors, differential diagnosis and psychotropic medications.

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Tuition Fee: $25 per person
Seating is limited. Receipt of payment or purchase order will guarantee your reservation.

Once you have registered online, please send payment by:

Check: Make check payable to Four Winds Foundation and send to:
Four Winds Saratoga, Attn: Community Relations
30 Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Credit Card: Payments can be made by calling Jennifer Cueva-McMillan at 518-581-5015, ext. 3115

Purchase Order: Fax PO to (518) 583-2265

Refunds will not be granted for any cancellations after Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

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Attention Social Workers: Four Winds Saratoga is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Social Workers #0160.

This course includes 5.5 Continuing Education Hours

In the “comments” section of the registration form, please indicate that you wish to receive Continuing education (CE) for the conference. In order to obtain full credit, please arrive 15 minutes prior to the event to receive the proper paperwork.

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Core IV: “The Diagnosis & Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder” & “The Management of Aggression in Children & Adolescents”

Date: 12-02-15 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to identify and differentiate between pediatric bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders with similar presentations, such as depression and substance abuse.
  • Become familiar with the use of rating scales to assist in ruling in, or ruling out, bipolar disorder in children, as well as treatment algorithms and evidence-based medications used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to differentiate between pediatric behavioral health issues that present with aggression, and learn effective psychopharmacological approaches for clinical aggression.

5:45 pm dinner will be provided
Attention Social Workers: This program is best suited for Primary Care Providers and Social Workers that are embedded in Physicians’ offices. CEU’s will not be available for this event.

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Core III: “Assessment & Treatment of Depression in Children and Adolescents”

Date: 11-18-15 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of the data that led to the Black Box Warning for SSRIs with an understanding that the safety and efficacy of antidepressant use in children and adolescents.
  • Gain an understanding of the diagnostic criteria, assessment tools and clinical reality of adolescent depression.
  • Gain an understanding of evidence-based treatments for adolescent depression, including the appropriate use of antidepressant medications.

5:45 pm dinner will be provided
Attention Social Workers: This program is best suited for Primary Care Providers and Social Workers that are embedded in Physicians’ offices. CEU’s will not be available for this event.

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Core II: “The Assessment & Treatment of Child & Adolescent Anxiety Disorders”

Date: 11-04-15 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall

Participants Should:

  • Gain an understanding of the most current research regarding the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Learn how to screen and assess for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents in a primary care setting.
  • Gain a greater understanding of evidence-based treatment approaches for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

5:45 pm dinner will be provided
Attention Social Workers: This program is best suited for Primary Care Providers and Social Workers that are embedded in Physicians’ offices. CEU’s will not be available for this event.

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Core I: “The Finer Points of ADHD: How to Assess and Maximize the Treatment”

Date: 10-21-15 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to assess special populations for ADHD: preschoolers, adolescents, and parents. Learn Essential methods for working “the toughest” ADHD cases.
  • Gain an understanding of the effective use of ADHD rating scales and how to rule out other conditions that may mimic ADHD.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to apply optimal ADHD medication treatment principals, including the use of rating scales and medication titration.

5:45 pm dinner will be provided
Attention Social Workers: This program is best suited for Primary Care Providers and Social Workers that are embedded in Physicians’ offices. CEU’s will not be available for this event.

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“Recognizing & Treating Anxiety and School Refusal in Adolescents: A Primer for Health Care and Mental Health Professionals”

Date: 04-17-15 Time: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Where: Skidmore College - Saratoga Springs, NY

REGISTRATION IS FULL. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list please call (518) 581-5015 x 3115 or you may register online and we will get back to you if there is any availablity.

Skidmore College
Palamountain Hall – Gannett Auditorium
815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  Continental breakfast will be provided.

Presented by Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., ABPP

The transition from adolescence to adulthood holds the promise of independence; while ushering in the new anxieties that accompany increasing responsibility, freedom, and greater expectations for independent functioning.  Youth with anxiety disorders and school refusal behavior may be particularly challenged in launching into adulthood, as the disorder keeps the emerging young adult dependent on family members and lagging same-age peers in achieving age-appropriate tasks.  During this program, Dr. Albano will discuss the background and model for the new “Launching Emerging Adult Program” (LEAP).  LEAP is implemented as an age- and developmentally-appropriate treatment model for anxiety and related disorders, involving individual, group and family sessions.  Methods for couching CBT for school refusal in the LEAP model will be presented.  Specific examples of the LEAP modules to engage parents and adolescents/young adults to address anxiety, reduce parent overprotection, and meet developmental goals will be presented. Case examples with emphasis on developmental issues, including confidentiality, parent-adolescent engagement, and methods for breaking the cycle of overprotection will be presented and audience participation encouraged.  Throughout this event, participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of specific developmental tasks and the challenges of adolescents and young adults who suffer with anxiety.
  • Become familiar with a model for treating adolescents and young adults whose anxiety has resulted in continued dependency upon family members.
  • Become familiar with key treatment strategies involving CBT, exposure and family transition tasks that address symptoms and developmental functioning.

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Tuition Fee: $10 per person
Seating is limited. Receipt of payment or purchase order will guarantee your reservation.

Once you have registered online, please send payment by:

Check: Make check payable to “Four Winds Foundation” and send to:
Four Winds Saratoga, Attn: Community Relations
30 Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Credit Card: Payments can be made by calling Jennifer Cueva-McMillan at 518-581-5015, ext. 3115

Purchase Order: Fax PO to (518) 583-2265

Click the links below for:

Program Brochure

Skidmore College – Directions and Parking

Refunds will not be granted for any cancellations after Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

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Full-Day Conference: “Navigating Planet Teen: Exploring Development and Improving Treatment”

Date: 11-14-14 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Where: Saratoga Springs City Center

Full-Day Conference – Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Presented by Marc Fishman, M.D. and Hoa Vo, Ph.D, Johns Hopkins Medical Center.
This presentation will explore aspects of adolescent development – brain, mind and spirit – with a focus on how developmentally informed perspectives can provide a guide for families and help clinicians improve treatment. Participants will be able to:

  • Describe key features of adolescent brain development.
  • Recognize clinical applications of development on adolescent treatment.
  • Articulate important aspects of the concept of emotional regulation as a developmental process.

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Tuition Fee: $25 per person
Seating is limited. Receipt of payment or purchase order will guarantee your reservation.

Once you have registered online, please send payment by:

Check: Make check payable to “Four Winds Foundation” and send to:
Four Winds Saratoga, Attn: Community Relations
30 Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Credit Card: Payments can be made by calling Jennifer Cueva-McMillan at 518-581-5015, ext. 3115

Purchase Order: Fax PO to (518) 583-2265

Click the links below for:
Conference Brochure

Saratoga City Center Parking Map

Refunds will not be granted for any cancellations after Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

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“Treatment Interventions for Depression in Children and Adolescents”

Date: 11-11-14 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Where: CVPH, Garden Room B - 75 Beekman St., Plattsburgh

Overview:This program will help you identify and treat all levels of depression in youth. An emphasis will be placed on methods to better assess and treat the severly depressed and suicidal patient. At the conclusion of this event, participants should:

  • Become familiar with underlying signs and symptoms of depression that can be teased out of a well-child visit and the next steps for treatment.
  • Be able to make proper referrals and treatment plans for patients diagnosed with moderate to severe depression.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the complex clinical dilemma of suicidality in youth, as well as strategies to assess and address suicidality in a primary care setting.

Dinner will be offered in the CVPH Cafeteria begining at 5:45 p.m.

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“Self-Injurious Behaviors in Children and Adolescents”

Date: 10-07-14 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Where: CVPH, Garden Room B - 75 Beekman St., Plattsburgh

Overview: Cutting, burning, and piercing – Why do they do it and what does it mean? This program will help Primary Care Physicians better understand and respond to self-injurious behaviors in adolescents as it presents within their office. Throughout this event, participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of the psychiatric issues that need to be considered when a child or teen is engaging in self-injurious behavior.
  • Become familiar with the appropriate questions to ask adolescents who present with self-injury.
  • Gain an understanding of strategies that can be implemented to treat self-injurious behaviors in children and adolescents.

Dinner will be offered in the CVPH Cafeteria begining at 5:45 p.m.

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“Internet and Video Game Addiction: What Primary Care Physicians Need to Know”

Date: 10-02-14 Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall

Presented by Paul Weigle, M.D., Natchaug Hospital, Mansfield Center, CT

At the conclusion of this program, participants will:

  • Appreciate the extent of video game and Internet habits in the lives of American youth.
  • Identify symptoms of a behavioral addiction to video games or the Internet, and the evidence surrounding this controversial diagnosis.
  • Understand research findings regarding the epidemiology of Internet and video game addiction including risks factors, comorbidity, and outcomes.
  • Be able to help parents promote healthy media habits in their children

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“Management of Complicated Cases: What to do When the Child Appears to Have a Little of Everything”

Date: 09-16-14 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Where: CVPH, Garden Room B - 75 Beekman St., Plattsburgh

Overview: This event will use ‘real world’ cases and provide tools to help you know where to begin when treating these difficult cases in your practice. At the conclusion of this event, participants should:

  • Better understand and effectively diagnose co-occurring disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Gain an understanding of how to prioritize symptoms and diagnosis, and based on that information, understand where to begin with treatment.
  • Gain an understanding of when, how and why a change in treatment is required in a co-morbid patient.

Dinner will be offered in the CVPH Cafeteria begining at 5:45 p.m.

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Core I: “The Finer Points of ADHD: How to Assess and Maximize the Treatment”

Date: 05-06-14 Time: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Ellis Health Center - Cushing Building – 624 McClellan Street, Schenectady, NY 12304

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to assess special populations for ADHD: preschoolers, adolescents, and parents. Learn Essential methods for working “the toughest” ADHD cases.
  • Gain an understanding of the effective use of ADHD rating scales and how to rule out other conditions that may mimic ADHD.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to apply optimal ADHD medication treatment principals, including the use of rating scales and medication titration.

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“Psychiatry’s Clinical Tools: Rating Scales for Depression & Anxiety”

Date: 09-25-13 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Where: CVPH - Garden Room B

Psychiatric rating scales are clinical tools that are just as important in gathering information as blood work or x-rays.  During this program you will become familiar with their ease of use and learn how these tools gather facts from patients and families to help you save time during the visit and better diagnose and treat your patient. At the end of this event, participants should:

  1. Gain an understanding of the use and effectiveness of depression rating scales including the Parent Health Questionnaire.
  2. Gain an understanding of the use and effectiveness of anxiety rating scales including the SCARED scale for parents and children.

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“Pediatric Psychiatric Emergencies: Urgent vs. Emergent Care”

Date: 08-21-13 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Where: CVPH - Garden Room B

This event will use ‘real world’ cases and provide tools that should help you:

  1. Understand the difference between the patient who is cutting vs. the patient with suicidal ideation.
  2. Better recognize the difference between the aggressive patient from one with homicidal ideation.
  3. Become better prepared to effectively and efficiently assess and treat concerning behaviors which present in your busy practice.

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“The Nuts and Bolts of Pediatric Psychopharmacology”

Date: 07-17-13 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Where: CVPH - Garden Room B

This course is designed to go beyond the basics of pediatric psychopharmacology.
At the end of this event, participants should:

  1. Obtain an understanding of current evidence-based research in pediatric psychopharmacology.
  2. Develop a practical and efficient approach to pediatric psychopharmacology in a primary care setting.
  3. Obtain an overview of pediatric psychopharmacology specifically for ADHD, mood and anxiety disorders.

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Core IV: “The Diagnosis & Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder” & “The Management of Aggression in Children & Adolescents”

Date: 04-10-13 Time: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Hometown Health Center – 1044 State Street, Schenectady

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to identify and differentiate between pediatric bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders with similar presentations, such as depression and substance abuse.
  • Become familiar with the use of rating scales to assist in ruling in, or ruling out, bipolar disorder in children, as well as treatment algorithms and evidence-based medications used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to differentiate between pediatric behavioral health issues that present with aggression, and learn effective psychopharmacological approaches for clinical aggression.

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Core III: “Assessment & Treatment of Depression in Children and Adolescents”

Date: 03-13-13 Time: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Hometown Health Center - 1044 State Street, Schenectady

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of the data that led to the Black Box Warning for SSRIs with an understanding that the safety and efficacy of antidepressant use in children and adolescents.
  • Gain an understanding of the diagnostic criteria, assessment tools and clinical reality of adolescent depression.
  • Gain an understanding of evidence-based treatments for adolescent depression, including the appropriate use of antidepressant medications.

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Core II: “The Assessment & Treatment of Child & Adolescent Anxiety Disorders”

Date: 02-13-13 Time: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Hometown Health Center - 1044 State Street, Schenectady

Participants Should:

  • Gain an understanding of the most current research regarding the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Learn how to screen and assess for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents in a primary care setting.
  • Gain a greater understanding of evidence-based treatment approaches for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

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“Conduct Problems in Children and Adolescents: Understanding Diagnosis & Engaging Families in Treatment”

Date: 12-09-13 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Where: The Desmond Hotel - Albany, NY

Presented by Jeffrey M. Daly and Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D., A.B.B.P.

Tuition for this program is $25 (please make checks out to the Four Winds Foundation).

We invite you to attend this full-day conference that is designed to review the current status of conduct problems (oppositional aggressive, violent, and antisocial behavior) among children and adolescents. Throughout the day, this topic will include what is known about the key features of children and their families, risk factors and causes, the course of symptoms and long-term outcomes.   Parent management training, an evidence-based treatment, will be presented in detail to convey its use clinically and its research underpinnings. Case vignettes, illustrations of the treatment sessions, and evidence in support of the treatment will be reviewed.  Emphasis will be on principles and procedures and how they are applied to achieve change. Broader issues that therapy with children and families raise will be mentioned such as disseminating treatment to professionals and the public, providing services for seriously disturbed youth more generally, and exerting impact on social influences that promote many of the problems mental health professionals are laboring to alleviate.

Throughout the day, participants should:

  1. Gain a better understanding of the conduct problems that often present with various diagnosis.
  2. Be able to differentiate between oppositional behaviors and aggression.
  3. Gain an understanding of key findings regarding oppositional and aggressive behavior among children and their families.
  4. Know the underpinnings of problem behaviors that are pertinent to the development and implementation of treatment.
  5. Understand the rationale and know practical details of administering parent management training.Understand the requirements for effective application of treatment.
  6. Learn about key challenges and current strategies for engaging families in the treatment process.Learn briefly about challenges of engaging mental health professionals.

2013 Full-day Conference Brochure

 

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“Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents: A Presentation for Primary Care Physicians”

Date: 12-05-13 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall

Presented by Amy Silverman, M.D., Private Practice, Harrison, NY

Overview: Cutting, burning and piercing – Why do they do it and what does it mean?  This program will help PCPs better understand and respond to self-injurious behavior in adolescents as it presents within their office.

Throughout this program, participants should:

  1. Understand the psychiatric issues that need to be considered when a teen is engaging in self-injurious behavior and how to differentiate this from suicidality. 
  2. Learn the range of treatment options available for teens who self-injure. 
  3. Learn to recognize signs of self-injurious behavior and how to assess risk and intervene. 
  4. Develop strategies to work with families when a teen is engaging in self-injurious behavior.

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“Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: When to Worry and When to Refer”

Date: 10-30-13 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Where: CVPH - Garden Room B
  1. Participants should be able to better determine if a child or adolescent should be referred for an evaluation to determine if he or she has bipolar disorder.
  2. Participants should gain an understanding of the difference between mania and A.D.H.D., O.D.D., Unipolar Depression and Substance Abuse.
  3. Participants should gain an understanding of how to work with families so that they can properly recognize bipolar mood swings within a child.
  4. Participants should gain an insight to current treatment approaches that suggest establishing a treatment continuum by utilizing the most effective, evidence-based practices.

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Core I: “The Finer Points of ADHD: How to Assess and Maximize the Treatment”

Date: 01-16-13 Time: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Hometown Health Center – 1044 State Street, Schenectady

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to assess special populations for ADHD: preschoolers, adolescents, and parents. Learn Essential methods for working “the toughest” ADHD cases.
  • Gain an understanding of the effective use of ADHD rating scales and how to rule out other conditions that may mimic ADHD.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to apply optimal ADHD medication treatment principals, including the use of rating scales and medication titration.

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A PCP’s Guide to Working with Bipolar Children and Their Families

Date: 11-30-12 Time: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Where: The Desmond Hotel - Albany, NY

This event is offered in conjunction with the C.A.P.E.S. Program’s full-day conference titled “Diagnosing and Treating Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents.” As an option to the full-day program, this morning event is designed for and being offered only to primary care physicians. PCPs are also welcome to join the full-day conference.*

With an expert understanding of pediatric bipolar disorder, Dr. Fristad will provide insight to current research in the field, as well as strategies that can be utilized by PCPs to better assess and treat pediatric bipolar patients and their families.  Dr. Fristad will also provide an overview of an evidence-based, psychosocial treatment for children and adolescents with mood disorders.

During this event, participants should:

  • Understand the conceptual basis for comprehensive care in the context of a bipolar child’s family and school system.
  • Become familiar with resources that will help families cope.
  • Become familiar with the advances in the research of early onset bipolar disorder.

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Understanding and Treating Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Date: 11-30-12 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Where: The Desmond Hotel - Albany, NY

We invite you to attend this full-day conference that is designed to help participants better differentiate, diagnose and treat children and adolescents with bipolar disorder.  We are honored to have Jeffrey Daly, M.D. and Mary Fristad, Ph.D. share their expert understanding of this often difficult patient population. Together they will work to help demystify the bipolar diagnosis and provide clinical tools that will help you better understand and treat bipolar children and their families.

In his morning presentation, Dr. Daly will review clinical presentations, diagnostic dilemmas and medication strategies regarding pediatric bipolar disorder. Dr. Fristad will then share an evidence-based treatment approach for youth with bipolar disorder, and will provide tools to improve the child’s family and school functioning.

Throughout the day, participants should:

  • Become familiar with the symptoms and diagnostic prevalence of early onset bipolar disorder.
  • Be able to identify and differentiate between pediatric bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders with similar presentations, such as, depression and substance abuse.
  • Understand how rating scales can be used to assist in “ruling in” or “ruling out” bipolar disorder in children and adolescents.
  • Gain an understanding of treatment algorithms and evidence-based medications that are used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Become familiar with a conceptual basis for comprehensive care, within the context of the family and school system, of a child or adolescent with bipolar disorder.
  • Learn specific therapeutic techniques that can be used with children and adolescents with bipolar disorder.
  • Become familiar with resources and skills that will help families cope.

Please feel free to view or download the Conference Brochure for the itinerary of events for the day.

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Core IV: “The Diagnosis & Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder” & “The Management of Aggression in Children & Adolescents”

Date: 11-07-12 Time: 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Where: The Otesaga Resort Hotel - 60 Lake St., Cooperstown, NY

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to identify and differentiate between pediatric bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders with similar presentations, such as depression and substance abuse.
  • Become familiar with the use of rating scales to assist in ruling in, or ruling out, bipolar disorder in children, as well as treatment algorithms and evidence-based medications used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to differentiate between pediatric behavioral health issues that present with aggression, and learn effective psychopharmacological approaches for clinical aggression.

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Assessment and Management of Eating Disorders in Pediatric Patients

Date: 10-24-12 Time: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Where: Parson's Child and Family Center - Albany, NY

Using pediatric case studies and the most current diagnosis and treatment guidelines from the American Academy for Eating Disorders, Dr. Sharon Alger will help PCP’s better assess, diagnose, and treat children and adolescents with eating disorders. Throughout this program, participants should:

  • Learn strategies to earlier identify individuals with eating disorders.
  • Be able to incorporate guidelines for the evaluation and management of eating disorder patients within a primary care practice.
  • Understand treatment interventions for children and adolescents with eating disorders.

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Full-day Core Training Event: “Assessment & Treatment of Depression in Children and Adolescents”, “Diagnosing & Treating Pediatric Bipolar Disorder” and “The Management of Aggression in Children and Adolescents”

Date: 10-17-12 Time: 9:00 a.m Where: The Otesaga Resort Hotel - 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY

Full-day Training Event – Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

As a result of participation in this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Understand the data that led to the Black Box Warning for SSRIs, along with an understanding of the safety and efficacy of antidepressant use in children and adolescents.
  • Understand the diagnostic criteria, assessment tools, and clinical reality of adolescent depression.
  • Discuss evidence-based treatments for adolescent depression, including the appropriate use of antidepressant medications.
  • Identify and differentiate between pediatric bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders with similar presentations, such as, depression and substance abuse.
  • Utilize rating scales to assist in ruling in or ruling out bipolar disorder in children; along with treatment algorithms and evidence-based medications used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Differentiate between pediatric behavioral health issues that present with aggression, and learn effective psychopharmacological approaches for clinical aggression.

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Core IV: “The Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder” and “The Management of Aggression in Children and Adolescents”

Date: 10-10-12 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Parson's Child & Family Center - Albany, NY

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to identify and differentiate between pediatric bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders with similar presentations, such as depression and substance abuse.
  • Become familiar with the use of rating scales to assist in ruling in, or ruling out, bipolar disorder in children, as well as treatment algorithms and evidence-based medications used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to differentiate between pediatric behavioral health issues that present with aggression, and learn effective psychopharmacological approaches for clinical aggression.

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Full-day Core Training Event: “The Finer Points of ADHD: How to Assess & Maximize the Treatment” & “Assessment & Treatment of Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders”

Date: 09-26-12 Time: 9:00 a.m. Where: The Otesaga Resort Hotel - 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY

Full-day Training Event – Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

As a result of participation in this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Assess special populations for ADHD: preschoolers, adolescents and parents; while learning essential methods for working “the toughest” ADHD cases.
  • Effectively use ADHD rating scales and understand how to rule out other conditions that may mimic ADHD.
  • Apply optimal ADHD medication treatment principles, including the use of rating scales and medication titration.
  • Explain the most current research regarding the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Screen and assess for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents in a primary care setting.
  • Understand evidence-based treatment approaches for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

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Core III: “Assessment and Treatment of Depression in Children and Adolescents”

Date: 09-12-12 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Parson's Child & Family Center - Albany, NY

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of the data that led to the Black Box Warning for SSRIs with an understanding that the safety and efficacy of antidepressant use in children and adolescents.
  • Gain an understanding of the diagnostic criteria, assessment tools and clinical reality of adolescent depression.
  • Gain an understanding of evidence-based treatments for adolescent depression, including the appropriate use of antidepressant medications.

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Core IV: “The Diagnosis & Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder” & “The Management of Aggression in Children & Adolescents”

Date: 06-20-12 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to identify and differentiate between pediatric bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders with similar presentations, such as depression and substance abuse.
  • Become familiar with the use of rating scales to assist in ruling in, or ruling out, bipolar disorder in children, as well as treatment algorithms and evidence-based medications used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to differentiate between pediatric behavioral health issues that present with aggression, and learn effective psychopharmacological approaches for clinical aggression.

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Core II: “The Assessment & Treatment of Child & Adolescent Anxiety Disorders”

Date: 06-13-12 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Parsons Child & Family Center - Albany, NY

Participants Should:

  • Gain an understanding of the most current research regarding the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Learn how to screen and assess for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents in a primary care setting.
  • Gain a greater understanding of evidence-based treatment approaches for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

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Core III: “Assessment & Treatment of Depression in Children and Adolescents”

Date: 05-23-12 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of the data that led to the Black Box Warning for SSRIs with an understanding that the safety and efficacy of antidepressant use in children and adolescents.
  • Gain an understanding of the diagnostic criteria, assessment tools and clinical reality of adolescent depression.
  • Gain an understanding of evidence-based treatments for adolescent depression, including the appropriate use of antidepressant medications.

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Integrating Sleep Management Into a Primary Care Practice: Treatment for Children & Adolescents

Date: 05-17-12 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY

Presented by: Catherine Schuman, Ph.D.
Director of Behavioral Medicine and Behavioral Medicine Training, Cambridge Health Alliance and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Sleep affects every aspect of health, daily functioning and well-being.  The purpose of this presentation is to provide practitioners with up to date information about sleep as well as the etiology, clinical assessment tools and management of two or more sleep disorders in children and adolescents. Throughout this presentation, participants should:

  • Understand normal sleep verses problematic sleep in children and adolescents.
  • Participants will be able to identity three common childhood/adolescents sleep disorders.
  • Participants will have knowledge of cognitive-behavioral treatments and their empirical support for treating three common childhood/adolescents sleep disorders.

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Core I: “The Finer Points of ADHD: How to Assess and Maximize the Treatment”

Date: 05-09-12 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Parsons Child & Family Center - Albany, NY

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to assess special populations for ADHD: preschoolers, adolescents, and parents. Learn Essential methods for working “the toughest” ADHD cases.
  • Gain an understanding of the effective use of ADHD rating scales and how to rule out conditions that may mimic ADHD.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to apply optimal ADHD medication treatment principals, including the use of rating scales and medication titration.

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Core II: “The Assessment & Treatment of Child & Adolescent Anxiety Disorders”

Date: 04-18-12 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY

Participants Should:

  • Gain an understanding of the most current research regarding the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Learn how to screen and assess for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents in a primary care setting.
  • Gain a greater understanding of evidence-based treatment approaches for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

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Core I: “The Finer Points of ADHD: How to Assess and Maximize the Treatment”

Date: 03-28-12 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY

Participants should:

  • Gain an understanding of how to assess special populations for ADHD: preschoolers, adolescents, and parents. Learn Essential methods for working “the toughest” ADHD cases.
  • Gain an understanding of the effective use of ADHD rating scales and how to rule out other conditions that may mimic ADHD.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to apply optimal ADHD medication treatment principals, including the use of rating scales and medication titration.

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Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Guide for PCPs

Date: 11-17-11 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall

Presented by Richard Guare, Ph.D.

A child’s executive functions (organization, time management,impulse control, goal-directed persistence) require a high degree of external structuring and cuing. This program will help primary care physicians further understand and assess executive functioning in children and adolescents.

In addition to understanding the importance of executive functioning and how it connects to a child’s behavioral and physical health, you will also learn strategies to help youngsters overcome executive skill weaknesses. This program will help you:

  • Identify what executive skills are and understand their relationship to brain development.
  • Gain an understanding of how executive skills emerge throughout childhood and adolescence.
  • Become familiar with assessment tools for executive skills.
  • Identify how executive skills impact performance and daily living at home and at school.
  • Develop tools to improve executive skills using environmental modifications.

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A PCP’s Guide to Cognitive Behavorial Therapy (CBT): What You Need to Know

Date: 06-29-11 Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Mastrianni Hall

Presented by Kerry Pertchik, Ph. D.

This course gives primary care physicians a basic understanding of CBT concepts. Dr. Pertchik discusses “how and why” CBT works, as well as the type of patient that it helps best.  This event included useful tips and handouts so that you can begin the CBT process with patients in your office.

Participants Should:

  •  Become familiar with the fundamentals and theory behind Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  • Gain an understanding of common cognitive interventions for destructive thoughts.
  • Become familiar with behavioral intervention techniques that can be easily implemented in a primary care practice.

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Assessing Suicidality in Children & Adolescents

Date: 01-15-11 Time: 1 hour Where: Four Winds Saratoga - Webinar

Presented by Jeffrey M. Daly, M.D

Presented as a one-hour webinar.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Pediatric Psychopharmacology for Primary Care Physicians

Date: 12-15-10 Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Where: CDPHP

Presented by Jeffrey M. Daly, M.D.

Participants Should:

  • Gain an understanding of current evidence-based research in pediatric psychopharmacology
  • Develop a practical, efficient approach to pediatric psychopharmacology in a primary care setting.
  • Obtain an overview of pediatric psychopharmacology specifically for ADHD, mood and anxiety disorders.

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“Genetic & Environmental Influences on Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents”

Date: 11-18-10 Time: 2 Hours Where: Holiday Inn - Saratoga Springs, NY

Presented by James Hudziak, M.D.

This unique training opportunity is designed for Primary Care Physicians to become familiar with Dr. Hudziak’s current research regarding the genetic impact on behavioral health. Dr. Hudziak will also be sharing his experience regarding patient-centered medical homes and how his research has impacted patient care in Vermont.

During this 2 hour event, participants should:

  • Become familiar with current research regarding pediatric anxiety disorders, and gain an understanding of how this research applies to diagnosing and treating pediatric anxiety.
  • Gain an understanding of the genetic factors that affect brain development, physiology and function.
  • Become familiar with a new blueprint for the patient centered medical home: “The Vermont Family Based Approach”

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