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New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Nassau Chapter's Fall Conference Co-sponsored with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


6.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Date:  Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time:  8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Molloy College/Public Square Building
Lorini Room 290 A. 100 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Center, New York 11570

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 Ability 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.


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. 


Presenter:  Brian Quinn, LCSW, Ph.D. and Certified psychoanalyst specializes in working with people with mood disorders and substance abuse. He has over thirty 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 has taught continuing education seminars on bipolar disorder at leading graduate schools of social work and state societies of social work.

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

Registration, Continental breakfast and Networking: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM                                                                                                               

Introductory Remarks:  9:00am-9:15am

Presentation: Depression:Unipolar or Bipolar? 9:15 AM - 10:30 PM

10:15-am-10:45am Break

10:45am-12:00pm Differential Diagnosis: Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse and Borderline Personality

LUNCH 12:00pm-1:00pm

1:00pm-2:30pm Psychotherapy, Fun Video Clips, Comedy and Mania

2:30pm-2:45pm BREAK

2:45pm-4:00pm Your Worst Fear:  Identifying and Managing Acute Suicide Risk

                            Potent Non-Drug Treatments for mood disorders


4:00pm-4:30pm Q and A, Comments and Discussions                                                                

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
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding course content, registration and disability access please contact Kristin or Rae Ann
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at

Event Registration

Registration Fees/Cancellation

Pre-Registration (before 8/14/16)      

 NYSSCSW Member  $125.00        

 Non-Member   $140.00                  

 Student with ID   $25.00    

THERE IS NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION                      

Cancellations received at least 5 days before the event will be fully refundable.  There is no refund for cancellations received later.  Checks or money orders are payable to: NYSSCSW.  On-site registration may be paid by checks, money orders or cash.  No credit cards.

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To Register please mail the below form and payment to:

                                  Ellie Perlman LCSW-R
                                  299 Main Street Suite 6
                                  Northport, N.Y.  11768




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