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This psychiatry conference examines the latest research and treatment advances across dozens of mental health conditions. It offers in-depth information that is important for all mental health and primary care settings. Topics include ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, psychosis, PTSD, substance use disorders, and much more.

In every session, our faculty share any data from new clinical trials. They match it up against prior data and discuss what the changes mean. They also examine standards of care and share innovative ways to make care better. The agenda touches on many complex topics in mental health. Managing side effects, drug interactions, natural medications, combining pharmacologic and psychosocial treatments, and much more.

Most important of all, our faculty focus on how to translate all these insights into your daily practice. This empowers you to optimize your care for patients with psychiatric conditions. That makes our event ideal for professionals in psychiatry, primary care, psychology, and nursing.

Take advantage of this chance to meet experts and get a personal level of guidance. You can ask questions during panel discussions and discuss ideas face-to-face afterwards. There are also Curbside Consultation hours when psychiatry experts are available to address specific clinical challenges.

This year, select from two special pre-conference sessions on Psychosomatic Medicine and Law and Psychiatry.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify rational, evidence-based pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies for patients with unipolar, bipolar, treatment-resistant, and post-partum depression.
  • Assess obstacles to maintenance of long-term recovery and the liability issues associated with psychopharmacology.
  • Discuss diagnostic and evidenced-based treatment strategies for pediatric onset mood disorders.
  • Compare the neurobiology and evidence-based treatment approaches to addiction, anxiety, schizophrenia, and mood disorders.
  • Review the course and treatment of psychiatric disorders during pregnancy.
  • Recognize psychosocial issues and evidence-based treatment modalities for eating and sleep disorders.
  • Analyze drug interactions and the pharmacotherapy of adult ADHD and geriatric disorders.


Content and faculty subject to change.


7:00-8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:15 am

Maurizio Fava, MD

8:15-8:30 am

Introduction and Overview
Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD

Module Topic - Mood Disorders

8:30-9:15 am

Bipolar Depression
Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD

9:15-10:00 am

Bipolar Long Term Management
Roy H. Perlis, MD, MSc

10:00-10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15-11:00 am

Treatment Resistant Depression
Maurizio Fava, MD

11:00 am-12:00 pm

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD
Panelists: Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD, Roy H. Perlis, MD, MSc, Maurizio Fava, MD

12:00-1:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

Module Topic _ Anxiety/OCD

1:00-1:45 pm

Michael A. Jenike, MD

1:45-2:30 pm

Naomi M. Simon, MD, MSc

2:30-3:15 pm

Anxiety Disorders and Treatments
Naomi M. Simon, MD, MSc

3:15-3:30 pm

Coffee Break

3:30-4:15 pm

Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders
Lisa M. Zakhary, MD, PhD

4:15-5:15 pm

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Michael A. Jenike, MD
Panelists: Naomi M. Simon, MD, MSc and Lisa M. Zakhary, MD, PhD

5:15-6:30 pm

Dinner (on your own)

Friday Evening Seminars (please pick two)
Seminars will begin at 6:30pm and repeat at 7:30 pm

6:30-7:30 pm &
7:30-8:30 pm

Natural Medications for Psychiatric Disorders
David Mischoulon, MD, PhD

6:30-7:30 pm &
7:30-8:30 pm

Theodore A. Stern, MD

6:30-7:30 pm &
7:30-8:30 pm

The Neurobiology of Addiction
A. Eden Evins, MD, MPH

6:30-7:30 pm &
7:30-8:30 pm

Psychopharmacology of Sleep Disorders
John W. Winkelman, MD

6:30-7:30 pm &
7:30-8:30 pm

The Neurobiology of Mood and Psychotic Disorders
Daphne J. Holt, MD, PhD

6:30-7:30 pm &
7:30-8:30 pm

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Augment Psychopharmalogical Therapy
Michael W. Otto, PhD


7:00-8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:15 am

Welcoming Remarks
David H. Rubin, MD

Module Topic _ Psychosis

8:15-9:00 am

First-Episode Psychosis and Schizophrenia
Oliver Freudenreich, MD, FAPM

9:00-9:45 am

Rapid Treatments for Psychiatric Disorders
Cristina Cusin, MD

9:45-10:00 am

Coffee Break

10:00-10:45 am

Management of Side-Effects of Antipsychotics
Oliver Freudenreich, MD, FAPM

10:45-11:45 am

Panel Discussion
Moderator: David H. Rubin, MD
Panelists: Oliver Freudenreich, MD, FAPM, Cristina Cusin, MD

11:45 am-1:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

Module Topic _ New Therapies: What is on the Horizon?

1:00-1:45 pm

Stimulation and/or Surgical Approaches to Psychiatric Illness
Darin D. Dougherty, MD, MMSc

1:45-2:30 pm

New Treatments for Schizophrenia
Oliver Freudenreich, MD, FAPM

2:30-2:45 pm

Coffee Break

2:45-3:30 pm

New Treatments for Mood Disorders
Michael E. Henry, MD

3:30-4:15 pm

What is New in Addiction?
John F. Kelly, PhD

4:15-5:15 pm

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Michael E. Henry, MD
Panelists: Oliver Freudenreich, MD, FAPM, John F. Kelly, PhD

5:15-6:30 pm

Dinner (on your own)

Saturday Evening Seminars (please pick one)
Seminars will begin at 6:30pm and do not repeat

6:30-7:30 pm

Violence Risk Assessment in Clinical Practice
Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, Sgt. Frederick Cabral

6:30-7:30 pm

Feyza E. Marouf, MD

6:30-7:30 pm

Traumatic Brain Injury: A Neuropsychiatric Perspective
Kaloyan S. Tanev, MD

6:30-7:30 pm

Illuminating the Black Box: Antidepressants, Youth and Suicide
David H. Rubin, MD


7:00-7:45 am

Continental Breakfast

7:45-8:00 am

Welcoming Remarks
David H. Rubin, MD

Module Topic _ Addiction

8:00-9:00 am

Tobacco and Cocaine
A. Eden Evins, MD, MPH

9:00-10:00 am

Alcohol and Opiates
John A. Renner, MD

10:00-10:15 am

Coffee Break

Module Topic _ Women's Health

10:15-11:15 am

Course and Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders During Pregnancy
Lee S. Cohen, MD

11:15 am-12:15 pm

Postpartum Mood Disorders
Marlene P. Freeman, MD

12:15-1:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

Module Topic _ Across the Lifespan

1:15-2:15 pm

Pediatric Bipolar Disorder and Mood Disorders
Janet Wozniak, MD

2:15-3:15 pm

Joseph Biederman, MD

3:15-3:30 pm

Coffee Break

3:30-4:30 pm

Drug Interactions
Jonathan E. Alpert, MD, PhD

4:30 pm



  • Director, Division of Clinical Research of the MGH Research Institute
    Executive Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
    Executive Director, Clinical Trials Network & Institute (CTNI)
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Associate Dean for Clinical & Translational Research
    Slater Family Professor of Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Massachusetts General Hospital,
    Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • General and Family Practice Physicians
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers


MDs/Doctoral-Level Professionals
Super Early Bird Registration (on or before April 28, 2017): $749.00***
Early Bird Registration (on or before August 11, 2017): $849.00
Regular Registration (after August 11, 2017): $899.00

Other Professionals or Trainees
Super Early Bird Registration (on or before April 28, 2017): $509.00
Early Bird Registration (on or before August 11, 2017): $609.00
Regular Registration (after August 11, 2017): $659.00

***The deeply discounted Super Early Bird Registration rate is NON-REFUNDABLE and will not be refunded under any circumstances.

Cancellation Policy

A refund minus a $100.00 administrative fee will be issued for refund requests received by October 6, 2017. No refunds will be issued for refund requests made after October 6, 2017. Payments made may not be applied to future conferences or other educational activities. There are no exceptions to these policies.

***The deeply discounted Super Early Bird Registration rate is NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE and will not be refunded under any circumstances.


The Westin Copley Place, Boston:

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Westin Copley Place. The rate is $320.00 plus 14.45% tax per night.

To reserve online, please visit the dedicated booking website for the event.

To reserve by phone, please call 1-888-627-7216 and specify that you are attending the "2017 MGH Psychopharmacology" event.


On or before October 19, 2017: $29.00
After October 19, 2017: $49.00

The conference syllabus is a printed book with all slide presentations and space to take notes adjacent to each slide.

As an alternative to purchasing a conference syllabus, we provide all attendees with completely free access to all slide presentations in digital PDF format prior to the conference. Free wi-fi is also available throughout the conference. This is an environmentally friendly alternative and helps keep costs lower for all attendees.

We may offer a limited supply of the conference syllabus for purchase on-site, however we cannot guarantee the price or availability. We highly recommend purchasing a syllabus in advance if you want one.

Translate Knowledge Into Practice

Our conference lets you engage dozens of renowned clinician-researchers, get your clinical questions answered, and translate enhanced knowledge into optimal patient care.

Here are some of the ways that participants plan to change their clinical practice as a result of attending our conference:

  • Focus on reducing side effects of medication
  • Apply newer strategies in treatment of chemical abuse/dependence
  • Explain more succinctly why to choose a particular medication for a person
  • Explain more clearly how medications affect behaviors and mood
  • Use more evidence-based treatment for psychiatric illness
  • Move to augmentation strategies sooner
  • Screen patients for presence of substance use disorders, especially nicotine and alcohol
  • Renew a collaborative relationship with specialists to begin assisting in performing medication renewals
  • Include newly researched alternatives for augmentation treatment in refractory patients
  • More confidently weigh risks and benefits of treating vs. not continuing treatment during pregnancy
  • Be more cautious associating medications
  • Improve ability to convey to patients the range of treatment options
  • Better evaluate whether medication is needed and consider alternative treatments
  • Institute adjunctive medications that were not thought of previously
  • Follow new algorithms for treatment of bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia
  • Integrate more augmentation strategies and increase use of maintenance ECT
  • Inform patients and colleagues of the most recent state-of-the-art alternatives
  • Take a more substantial sleep history
  • Consider problems that are causing difficulties with cognition, mood, and anxiety
  • Try natural remedies for treatment of depression
  • Educate patients more thoroughly with recent study results
  • Provide patients with more focused and comprehensive discussions regarding and symptom complexes
  • Be more knowledgeable and complete when referring patients
  • Develop a plan to use CBT based techniques
  • Change approaches related to maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder and treatment of mood disorders during pregnancy
  • Thoroughly discuss with patients how current available treatments work and increase medication adherence

Additional Live Conferences

We offer other live conferences on various facets of mental health in addition to the conference you are currently viewing.

View a full list of our mental health conferences

CME Information

Live Event Date: October 19, 2017 - October 22, 2017






AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 29.50 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists CE Credit

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This offering meets the criteria for 29.50 Continuing Education (CE) credit per presentation for psychologists.

This offering meeting the criteria for 29.50 Continuing Education (CE) credits per presentation for psychologists.


Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 29.50 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.

Social Workers

The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers

Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at 866-644-7792 or for the status of social work CE accreditation.



Other Professions

This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number ofAMA PRACategory1 CreditsTMassociated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in whichAMA PRACategory1 CreditsTMmay or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of McLean Hospital that faculty and providers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. McLean Hospital has established policies in place that identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest (COI)

McLean Hospital has implemented a process to resolve COI for each CME activity. In order to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance and ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public, McLean Hospital has resolved the conflict by External Content Review.

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