New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Nassau Chapter Co-sponsored with the ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW Presents


6.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Course Number: 274      Location: Nassau


Date: Sunday, March 29, 2020
Time: Registration:               8:30am - 9:00am

Morning Session:       9:00am - 12:00pm
Break:                          12:00pm - 1:00pm
Afternoon Session:     1:00pm - 4:00pm


Molloy College
Hagen Building Room 339
1000 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, New York 11570


Distinguishing bipolar disorder from depression and borderline personality is one of the most difficult tasks clinicians face in everyday practice. This seminar will provide clinicians with a/our part diagnostic method to distinguish patients with borderline personality and unipolar depression from those with bipolar illness. Drawing on empirically tested research and psychodynamic studies, Dr. Quinn will discuss the many ways that clinicians can help patients and their families struggling with bipolar illness. Evidence based psychotherapies will be discussed. Participants will learn why antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics should not form the foundation of treatment for bipolar illness.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will demonstrate learning by being 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 medation. 


Brian Quinn, LCSW, Ph.D. is a clinical social worker with a post graduate certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He specializes in working with people with mood disorders and substance abuse. Dr. Quinn, who has over thirty years of experience, has given seminars nationwide on depression and bipolar disorder and has taught continuing education courses on bipolar disorder at graduate schools. He 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 conference is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

The space can accommodate approximately 100 attendees.

Presentation: Depression: Unipolar or Bipolar? 9:00am - 4:00pm

  • 8:30 - 9:00      Sign in and networking
  • 9:00 - 10:15    Depression: Unipolar or Bipolar? (and why it matters)
  • 10:15 - 10:30  Break
  • 10:30 - 12:00  Diagnosis: Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse and
                             Borderline Personality
  • 12:00 - 12:30  Lunch (provided)
  • 12:30 - 2:00    Psychotherapy, Fun Video Clips, Comedy and Mania
  • 2:00 - 2:15      Break
  • 2:15 - 3:30      Your Worst Fear: Identifying and Managing Acute Suicide Risk
                                                        Potent Non-Drug Treatments for Mood Disorders
  • 3:30 - 4:00      Questions, Answers, Comments and Discussion                                                       

Who Should Attend: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple counselors

  • Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation.
  • 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, registration and disability access please Contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Susan A. Klett, Ph.D, Psy.D, LCSW-R, Director of Professional Development at

Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. 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 #SW-0056 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed
marriage and family therapists #MFT-0028, licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0045 and licensed psychoanalysts #P-0017.

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Registration & Networking
                              8:30am - 9:00am

Presentation:    9:00am - 4:00pm

Continental Breakfast and Lunch Included

     Pre-Registration by March 25, 2020:
NYSSCSW Members  $50
               Non-members            $70
               Students with ID:       $20
        Student fees are only for social work
        master level, full time students.


  • Those MEMBERS having completed the online survey are Free! 
  • Once taken call the office directly to register.  800-288-4279
  • You must register ahead of time to attend for free.

                          Please note:      
            $10 late registration fee takes
                  effect on
March 26, 2020.

               Patricia Traynor at

Early Registration is strongly encouraged. 
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.

For On Site Registration:

Check or money order only, to be made payable to “NYSSCSW”.

Inclement Weather Policy:
Should Inclement weather occur, we will be notifying all registrants via the email by which the registrant signed up. Please be sure to check your email before you leave for the course.

Cancellation Policy:  
Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded. For cancellation please call 1-800-288-4279, or email us at

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