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Can't-Miss 2022 Pathlight Conference Sessions

Mark your calendars for September 14-15: Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center's annual conference is quickly approaching.

Earn continuing education credits and enjoy flexible attendance options while listening to sessions and speakers virtually.  

Gain knowledge from experts on mood and anxiety disorders while networking with other professionals. With many inspiring sessions available, there is something for everyone. Here are just a few of our top picks:

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies: Past, Present and Future 

Learning from the past paves the way for the future. Utilizing three important landmark studies, Dr. Ben Lewis, MD, an expert in the use of psychedelics for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, will cover the effectiveness of psychedelic treatments.  

Dr. Howard Weeks, MD, MBA, DFAPA, DFAACAP joins Dr. Lewis to discuss considerations and clinical applications of psychedelic treatments. After this session, you will be able to develop a working knowledge of the mechanics and processes of psychedelic-assisted therapies.  

Skills from RODBT: Putting it into Practice  

Dr. Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, FAED, CEDS-S will discuss Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RODBT) skills and tools as they relate to specific symptom profiles. Attendees will be taught how and when to implement these skills and tools to best treat their patients.  

Dr. Astrachan-Fletcher knows every patient is unique, and she tailors her lessons based on patient bio temperaments and presenting concerns. With the chance to develop your practice and gain insight from an expert in RODBT, you do not want to miss this one. 

92 Minutes of Being Human: A Look at Suicidality  

An estimated 800,000 people in the world lose their life to suicide each year. Al Tsai, MD will talk with retired Sergeant Kevin Briggs and suicide survivor Kevin Berthia about recognizing signs that someone may be in crisis, how to have a conversation with an individual in crisis, coping mechanisms, crisis safety planning and protective factors.  

This heartwarming session brings Kevin Briggs and Kevin Berthia together once again: In 2005, Briggs saved Berthia’s life when Berthia attempted to jump from the Golden Gate Bridge. They both know the impact that compassion and listening have when encouraging those in crisis to begin a new chapter.  

Virtual Treatment for Mental Health: Expanding Access and Meeting Needs 

Virtual mental health treatment options have expanded significantly over the past two years. Dr. Casey Tallent, a pioneer in the virtual space and founder of the first empirically supported virtual IOP program in the country, will be joined by Deb Michel, PhD, CEDS-S, FAED and other virtual treatment leaders. They will discuss how virtual treatment can be implemented to ethically increase access to mental health care. 

Specific topics of conversation will include implementing virtual treatment for college students and athletes, the role of Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) in the treatment and recovery process, and how to partner with IOP providers to best support your patients.   

When OCD Takes Over Eating: A Dietary Perspective on Treating OCD in Eating Disorders  

Treating someone with an eating disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) might feel like deciphering through a chasm of fears, anxieties and rules. In this session, Dr. Theodore Weltzin and Adrianne Kenny will help bridge the gap between OCD and eating disorders, cover how to utilize Exposure and Response Prevention for treatment and explain how undernourishment exacerbates both disorders.   

Those attending this session will be able to decipher the differences between obsessions and compulsions of eating disorders versus OCD as well as learn tools and frameworks for providing care at different levels. 

With every session you attend, you can earn 1.5 CE/CME/CNE credits. Get actionable tools so you can get back to what you love: making a difference. 

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