New treatments for mental illness promise better treatment outcomes for our patients. Novel antidepressants, new mood stabilizers, brain stimulation treatments, and innovative psychotherapies all are effective in clinical trials, but how do they work in "the real world"? How can we utilize these new treatments, individually or in combination, to treat the most challenging illnesses? What are the most effective approaches to treatment-resistant bipolar disorder, to comorbid depression and substance abuse, and to borderline personality disorder? This is a time of rapid change in psychiatry - how do we use recent advances to achieve better outcomes for treatment-resistant illness?
One focus of this year's course is working with patients with suicidal ideation, as well as their families. We are pleased to have as a keynote speaker Kay Warren, co-founder of Saddleback Church. She is best known for her 10 years of tireless international advocacy for those living with HIV and AIDS. In April 2013, Kay and her husband Rick lost their son Matthew to suicide. Over the months since his death, Ms. Warren has been outspoken about the need for improved mental health treatment and greater resources to combat the epidemic of suicide. She will recount her experiences dealing with loss of her son, and her journey to becoming a proponent for mental health services and research, in her plenary luncheon talk, "Coping With Suicide." Joining her in this course will be: Dr. Ira Lesser, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, who will present on "Managing the Suicidal Patient"; Dr. Michael Gitlin, Professor and Director of Adult Psychiatry at UCLA, who will discuss "Psychotherapists' Response to Patient Suicide"; and, Dr. Robin Kissell, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, who will present the challenge of "Treatment of MDD and PTSD in Borderline Patients."
UCLA's 19th Annual Review of Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology Update will address the most challenging questions in mental health treatment today. Our expert faculty will review the latest studies that can help shape your treatment decisions. The conference will take place on Friday, November 7th, and Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Leaders in the field of mental health will be sharing their expertise on diagnosis and treatment of depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, addictions, borderline personality, and bipolar disorder.