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Confessions of a Critical Psychiatrist: Exploring the limits of psychiatric diagnoses and medications

  • Friday, June 15, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Tri-City Medical Center, 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside
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Speaker: Shawn Barnes M.D.

This presentation will be an interactive and participatory discussion on the limitations of psychiatric medications, the validity of DSM diagnoses, and the roles of MFTs and psychiatrists in collaboration.

Approximately 1 in 6 American adults are currently taking a psychiatric medication.  85% of these prescriptions are long-term.  How did this happen?  Have psychiatric medications done more good than harm?  Are we able to accurately diagnose discreet and specific mental illnesses?  What have been the consequences to psychiatry adopting a medical model?  These are all open questions with no easy answers.  In this course, we will critically explore the field of psychiatry, with particular emphasis on issues surrounding medications and diagnoses.  We will encourage a thoughtful discussion and soul-searching, as these issues cut to the core of what it means to be a mental health practitioner.   We will also discuss how MFTs and psychiatrists can better collaborate together and improve each others’ field.  

Pre-registration is required.

Course Learning Goals and Objectives:

  • To critically review psychiatry and the medical model of mental illness
  • To critically review the safety and efficacy of psychiatric medications
  • To critically review the accuracy and utility of psychiatric diagnoses
  • Participants will be able to explain the development of the medical model
  • Participants will be able to name 3 risks of psychiatric medications
  • Participants will be able to discuss the limitations of DSM diagnoses

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Licensed and Pre-licensed clinicians and educators. 

This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  SDNC-CAMFT CEP#128622

SDNC-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CEP#128622. SDNC-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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