New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Mid-Hudson Chapter of The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Course Number: 270      Location: Live Webinar


Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020

Login:   9:30am 

  Presentation: 10:00am - 12:45pm


Live Webinar - Course is Locked at 10:15.  Be sure to login 30 minutes prior to start.

People frequently consult clinical social workers for symptoms of depression or the interpersonal chaos and marital problems caused by unstable and irritable moods. These individuals are frequently diagnosed with a major depressive episode, dysthymia, or borderline personality disorder, but a recent National Institutes of Mental Health study of 5,700 American adults found that nearly forty percent of those suffering with a major depressive episode actually had bipolar illness. Distinguishing bipolar disorder from depression and borderline personality is one of the most critical clinical tasks social workers face in everyday practice. This differential diagnosis cannot be left to the psychiatric consultant. Antidepressants, which are frequently prescribed for anyone with symptoms  of anxiety or depression by  both primary  care physicians and psychiatrists, often do not work in acute bipolar depression,  have been definitively shown to be ineffective in preventing future depressive episodes in patients with bipolar disorder, and can, in fact, lead to more frequent and difficult-to-treat depressive episodes. Inappropriate treatment of bipolar patients with antidepressants may make it difficult, and in many cases impossible, for the social worker to effectively utilize psychotherapy.

This seminar will provide clinicians with a four-part, clinical diagnostic method to distinguish patients with borderline personality and depression from those with bipolar illness. Participants will learn why, along with antidepressants, Lamictal and atypical antipsychotics such as Abilify or Seroquel, should not form the foundation of treatment for bipolar illness.  They will gain knowledge about the research demonstrating that mood stabilizing drugs should be used for both acute bipolar depression and for prevention of future mood episodes and will learn effective ways of working with clients and psychiatric consultants regarding the diagnosis of bipolar illness and the need for mood stabilizing medications.

Teaching Methods: Workshop lecture with audience participation

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. List the signs of current depressive mixed states and past history of hypomania.
  2. Identify the four lines of clinical evidence that must be assessed to identify patients with bipolar spectrum illnesses and to distinguish them from those with  unipolar depression.
  3. Cite evidence demonstrating why antidepressants, Lamictal, and atypical Antipsychotics should not form the foundation of treatment for bipolar patients.
  4. Describe ways to help the bipolar patient accept the diagnosis of bipolar illness and the need for mood stabilizing medications.
  5. Describe ways to work with the psychiatric consultant regarding the diagnosis of bipolar illness and the need for mood stabilizing medication.

Brian Quinn, LCSW, has a Ph.D
. in clinical social work and a Certificate of Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He specializes in working with people with mood disorders and substance abuse. He has thirty five years of experience and has given seminars nationwide on bipolar disorder. Dr. Quinn is the author of Wiley Concise Guides to Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder and The Depression Sourcebook, 2nd ed. He is in private practice in Huntington, New York.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Who May Benefit from attending: social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

  • The New York State Education Department has approved this online workshop for 3 contact hours (CEUs) for LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMHCs and LPs.
  • A certificate will be emailed to those who sign in and stay for the duration of the session.
  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #0056; Licensed Psychoanlalysts #P-0017; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045
Social workers participating in this course will receive 3.0 continuing education clock hours. 

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Login:                   9:30am  
Presentation:    10:00am - 12:45pm​

               Members:                $20
               Non-members:        $60
               Students with ID:     $25

    Student fees are only for social work
        master level, full time students.

Live Webinar Course is locked at 10:15. Be sure to login 30 minutes prior to start.

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You will receive an email confirming attendance and registration fee
having been paid.  If room capacity has been reached prior to your registration,
you will be added to our waitlist.

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