MA: Harvard University | Boston

MA: Harvard University

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50-70% of adults in the United States have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Up to 15% of them will go on to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In a 12 month period, about 3.6% of the US population has PTSD. Rates are higher in women and military veterans. PTSD often goes unrecognized, with only about half of those suffering getting treatment for it, and even when they do get treatment, only 42% are getting minimally adequate treatment. Related disorders, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and substance abuse, add to the confusion in recognizing this disorder and providing effective treatment. The costs of untreated illness are high. People suffering from PTSD use medical and mental health services at much higher rates, even though their PTSD is often unrecognized, and the costs of decreased productivity, missed work, and disability add to the economic burden of this illness.

Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital are pleased to offer this comprehensive conference on Posttraumatic Stress and Related Disorders. This intensive, two-day course brings together some of the foremost authorities in the field, with expertise in not just the science of this disorder, but the art of treating suffering patients and families. Numerous aspects of treatment will be covered, including psychopharmacology, different psychotherapeutic approaches, family work, and neurotherapeutics. Additionally, emphasis on working with high-risk populations, such as women, veterans, and adolescents will be addressed. Diagnostic confusion and controversies around issues such as dissociation, distinguishing borderline personality disorder from complex PTSD, and substance abuse will also be addressed. Panel presentations, question and answer sessions, and other engaging learning formats will be used to assist you in developing new strategies that you can apply as soon as you return to your practice setting.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be better able to:

- Evaluate developments in psychopharmacology of PTSD and their impact on patient care.
- Develop strategies to care for patients suffering from PTSD and other trauma related disorders, including their comborbid symptoms of depression, sleep difficulties, and substance abuse.
- Assess PTSD and trauma-related disorders in civilians, first responders, and veterans.
- Diagnose and treat PTSD and its comorbid symptoms.
Diagnose common problems in traumatized civilian and veteran populations.
- Describe patterns of trauma responses around the globe and different manifestations of trauma-related sequelae.
- Define the role of the mental health practitioner in violence prevention.
- Discuss the opportunities and challenges of integrating medical and psychiatric care in the face of trauma.
- Develop strategies to treat trauma patients from a multicultural perspective.

This course is targeted to HMS-Affiliated, Local/Regional, National, and International Specialty Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practioners, Psychologists, Counselors, and Social Workers who specialize in Psychiatry and Psychology and Mental Health.


Saturday, March 17th 2018 08:00am


Fairmont Copley Plaza
138 Saint James Ave
02116 Boston

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