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Integrative Psychiatry: The challenges of conventional psychiatry and the value of an integrated approach

  • 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.  On the whole, have psychiatric medications done more good than harm?  Has the adoption of the medical model of mental illness limited the effectiveness of conventional psychiatry?  Do DSM diagnoses reflect any biological or clinical reality?  Is there a more holistic, patient-centered way to practice psychiatry?  In this interactive course, we will put psychiatry on the couch, critically addressing its challenges, and exploring the emerging field of integrative psychiatry as an alternative, evidence-based approach to treating human suffering.  We will also discuss how MFTs and psychiatrists can better collaborate together and improve each others’ field.   

Pre-registration is required.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. To critically review psychiatry and the medical model of mental illness
  2. To critically review the safety and efficacy of psychiatric medications
  3. To introduce the concept of Integrative psychiatry

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to explain the concept of the medical model
  2. Participants will be able to name 3 risks of psychiatric medications
  3. Participants will be able to discuss the integrative approach

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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