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Bipolar Disorder: A Psychosocial Approach to Treatment

12.00 CE Hours Available


This course will explore current research and clinical practices relevant to bipolar disorder in adults and adolescents, with coverage of differential diagnosis, prognosis, and medical and psychosocial treatments. The bulk of the seminar will focus on family-focused therapy (FFT), a 12-session evidence-based program consisting of psychoeducation, communication enhancement training, and problem-solving skills training for individuals with bipolar disorder and their families.

Through lecture, videotaped demonstrations, and small group role-play practices, attendees will become familiar with how to treat bipolar disorder.




J&K Seminars does not provide NBCC credit for this program.

All orders include the entire presentation with handouts and a CE test.
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Mailed CD and DVD formats include the printed handouts and CE test in an attractive portfolio

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Objectives—Participants will be able to describe:

· The diagnostic assessment of persons with bipolar disorder

· family and life stressors that affect the course and outcome of bipolar disorder

· the three phases of family-focused therapy (FFT)

· clinical strategies and techniques of FFT for adolescents and adults with bipolar disorder and their family members.

· evidence for the efficacy of FFT in adults and adolescents with or at risk for bipolar disorder



Bipolar disorder: a review of what we know

· Assessment and differential diagnosis

· Course over time - Clinical presentation and prognosis in children and adolescents

· Risk and protective factors

· Basics of psychopharmacology

Treatment of bipolar disorder: role of psychotherapy

· Core assumptions and common techniques

· Types of psychotherapy: cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and group psychoeducation

Intro to family-focused therapy (FFT)

Evidence for FFT in clinical trials

 · Introducing the program

· Exploring symptoms with patient and family

· Mood charting

· Identifying risk factors and coping strategies

FFT Part 1: Psychoeducation

· Prevention action plan

· Addressing resistances to educational material

· Videotaped demonstrations of psychoeducation

· Small group role-plays

· Q and A 

· Videotapes of sessions

· Group role-play of symptom exploration

· Group role-play of relapse prevention planning

FFT Part 2: Communication Enhancement Training - setting the stage for skill practice

· Expressing positive feelings

· Active listening

· Making positive requests for change

· Communication clarity

· Expressing negative feelings

· Group role-play exercises

· Troubleshooting

FFT Part 3: Problem-Solving Skills Training

· Defining problems, generating and evaluating solutions, choosing and implementing solutions

· Videotaped examples

· Group role-play

· Treatment termination

·  Discussion: adapting FFT to your settings