Session 11: Practical Update to Prescribing Psychiatric Medications

Egg Harbor, WI US
August 6, 2018 to August 10, 2018

This workshop presents an update of psychopharmacology focusing on the needs of practicing clinicians by covering medications used to treat the most common psychiatric disorders including psychotic disorders, unipolar and bipolar disorders, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder. We will focus on indications for the use of medications, side effects, issues around use and risks, and review both what is well known and new findings that will improve outcomes. This workshop is appropriate for all clinicians prescribing psychotropic medications including psychiatrists, primary care physicians, APNPs, nurses, and social workers who work with patients taking psychiatric medications.

Monday Social aspects of prescribing medication; Measurement based care; Suicide assessment; Psychotic symptoms

Tuesday Pharmacological treatment of psychotic disorders; Clozapine: Complexities and advantages; Long acting injections; Labs and other monitoring; Side effects

Wednesday Non-psychotic uses of anti-psychotic medications; Unipolar depression; Non-pharmacological treatment of affective disorder; Psychotherapy

Thursday Bipolar disorder: Recognition and treatment

Friday Anxiety disorders; Fear based, OCD based, and trauma based; Benzos, gabapentin, SSRIs, and others



Target Audience

This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.

Learning Objectives

(1) Demonstrate common rating scales used to measure depression, anxiety, alcohol use, and bipolar disorder

(2) Discuss how to collaborate with patients about medication decisions even with patients who are difficult to work with

(3) Identify when to avoid benzodiazepine prescribing and when appropriate

(4) List lab tests to monitor patients on Lithium, atypical antipsychotics, valproic acid, carbamazepine, and lamotrigine

Additional information

CME Coordinator Contact Information

Brenda Konczal
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-7250
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 15.00 AAFP
    AAFP credit.
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 15.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 15.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/06/2018 - 9:00am
Event ends: 
08/10/2018 - 12:15pm
The Landmark Resort and Conference Center
4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
United States

The Landmark Resort

4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin 54209
Reservations (800) 273-7877


Ronald Diamond, MD, is retired Medical Director of Journey Mental Health and retired from the UW-Madison Department of Psychiatry in January 2018. He has been involved in community-based treatment of persons with severe and persistent mental illness for over 40 years. Dr. Diamond has taught and written on issues of staff training, ethics, decreasing coercion, medication compliance, psychiatric administration, and system design and is interested in how to integrate concepts of recovery and cultural competence into clinical practice.


David Katzelnick, MD, is Co-Chair of the Division of Integrated Behavioral Health and Professor of Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic. His major clinical and research interests are mood and anxiety disorders and dissemination of effective treatments in primary care. He has been principal investigator for a number of retrospective and prospective randomized trials. He has lectured extensively on mood and anxiety disorders and ways to improve treatment of mental disorders in real world settings.


Dr. Diamond has the following disclosure:  Consultant fee from Johnson and Johnson and stock ownership in Amgen.

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™   . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 15 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

APA Credit for Psychololgists:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MCW maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Attendance at all sessions is required, partial credit will not be awarded.

This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (license number 159-000664).

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Available Credit

  • 15.00 AAFP
    AAFP credit.
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 15.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 15.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


Please login or register to take this course.

Registration prior to May 18, 2018 = $560 after May 18, 2018 = $610.00

Tuition includes course materials and continental breakfast.

Purchase an additional 5 DAY session and receive a $100.00 discount. Use coupon code: +DCSI

Please note: A $15.00 non-refundable processing fee is assessed on registrations.