Not all that blows up is Bipolar: Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment for Bipolar Disorders in Youth and Young Adults

Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D.

11/15/2019 at 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

Optum, Chairmans Auditorium
2716 N. Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, Nevada 89128

6 CE Credits


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    About the Workshop:

    Bipolar disorder is a chronic, recurring, serious, and potentially life-threatening disease. If left untreated, episodes are likely to grow more severe and resistant to treatment. It also is one of the leading causes of disability and early death in the USA, and not just because of its strong connection with suicide. It is also one of the most commonly undetected or misdiagnosed conditions in mental health, with years passing between when the illness causes problems versus getting appropriate treatment. For all of these reasons, it is vital to accurately recognize and know how to treat bipolar disorder. There are now more than 9600 articles on bipolar disorders in children and adolescents, with more than 90% published in the last 15 years. This explosion of evidence arrived after most practitioners finished their training and obtained licensure.

    This workshop summarizes the literature, using expert review and meta-analyses, focusing on clinical implications about the presentation in youths, practice evidence-based assessment tools, differential diagnosis, and how to select effective treatment options. The workshop uses a case-centered approach to illustrate how the information changes clinical practice.

    Goldstein, B. I., Birmaher, B., Carlson, G. A., DelBello, M. P., Findling, R. L., Fristad, M., . . . Youngstrom, E. A. (2017). The International Society for Bipolar Disorders Task Force report on pediatric bipolar disorder: Knowledge to date and directions for future research. Bipolar Disorders. doi:10.1111/bdi.12556

    Youngstrom, E. A., Choukas-Bradley, S., Calhoun, C. D., & Jensen-Doss, A. (2014). Clinical guide to the Evidence-Based Assessment approach to diagnosis and treatment. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 22, 20-35. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2013.12.005

    Youngstrom, E. A., Egerton, G. A., Genzlinger, J., Freeman, L. K., Rizvi, S. H., & Van Meter, A. (2018). Improving the global identification of bipolar spectrum disorders: Meta-analysis of the diagnostic accuracy of checklists. Psychological Bulletin, 144, 315-342. doi:10.1037/bul0000137

    Youngstrom, E. A., Genzlinger, J. E., Egerton, G. A., & Van Meter, A. R. (2015). Multivariate meta-analysis of the discriminative validity of caregiver, youth, and teacher rating scales for pediatric bipolar disorder: Mother knows best about mania. Archives of Scientific Psychology, 3(1), 112-137. doi:10.1037/arc0000024

    Youngstrom, E. A., Halverson, T. F., Youngstrom, J. K., Lindhiem, O., & Findling, R. L. (2017). Evidence-Based Assessment from simple clinical judgments to statistical learning: Evaluating a range of options using pediatric bipolar disorder as a diagnostic challenge. Clinical Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/2167702617741845

    Youngstrom, E. A., Van Meter, A., Frazier, T. W., Hunsley, J., Prinstein, M. J., Ong, M.-L., & Youngstrom, J. K. (2017). Evidence-Based Assessment as an integrative model for applying psychological science to guide the voyage of treatment. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. doi:10.1111/cpsp.12207

    Learning Objectives:

    Participants will receive a detailed handout (more than 300 slides), copies of new assessment instruments in the public domain and handouts that are useful in therapy for mood disorders. At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
    1. Identify what assessment procedures are available to aid in differential diagnosis and measuring response to treatment, and the evidence base that supports them.
    2. Apply new assessment approaches to improve differential diagnosis and measure treatment response.
    3. Describe how to integrate risk factors and test results to guide next clinical actions for assessment and treatment.
    4. Identify new evidence of the role of sleep in mood disorders.
    5. Practice specific techniques to use in session with patients with biopolar disorder.


    This presentation is intended for psychologists, other licensed mental health providers, and graduate students of psychology. Seating is limited, so register early!

    About the Speaker:

    Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D., is a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Psychiatry, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is also the Acting Director of the Center for Excellence in Research and Treatment of Bipolar Disorders He is the first recipient of the Early Career Award from the Division of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, and is an elected full member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He has consulted on the 5th Revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). He chairs the Work Group on Child Diagnosis for the International Society for Bipolar Disorders.

    He has served as the Director of the Data Management and Statistical Analysis Unit and Research Methods Core of the Center for Research in Bipolar Disorder across the Life Cycle.

    He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Delaware, and he completed his predoctoral internship training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic before joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve University.

    Dr. Youngstrom is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the relationship of emotions and psychopathology, and the clinical assessment of children and families. His team is focused on understanding how sleep affects mood and health, helping translate and share high quality mood assessments globally, and making it easier for people to use evidence based assessment to make better clinical decisions and get better outcomes.

    He teaches courses on assessment, developmental psychopathology, research design, and multivariate statistics, and has earned the Tanner, Carl F. Wittke, Glennan Fellowship, and the Northeastern Ohio Teaching Awards.

    He actively investigates ways of improving the use of clinical assessment instruments for making better differential diagnoses, predictions about future functioning, or monitoring of treatment progress – particularly with regard to bipolar disorder across the lifespan. Dr. Youngstrom has spoken on the topic of pediatric bipolar disorder at scientific meetings in Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia, as well as around the United States. Dr. Youngstrom has published more than 250 peer reviewed publications on the topics of clinical assessment and emotion, and he has served as an ad hoc reviewer on more than eighty prominent psychology and psychiatry journals as well as being on the editorial boards of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, Journal of the
    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, and Psychological Assessment. Dr. Youngstrom’s CV

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    Handout Materials

    Handout materials will be sent out electronically to all attendees no later than November 8th. Printed handout materials are available upon request for an additional charge. Requests should be submitted by email to our Executive Director, Wendi O’Connor to no later than Monday, November 11th 2019.

    Workshop Location

    The workshop will be held at United Healthcare, in the President’s Auditorium, located at 2716 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128. Click here to view map. All attendees MUST park on the 5th floor of the parking structure, located to the right of the building.

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    Participants may direct questions or complaints to NPA to 888-654-0050. An administrative fee of $30 will be charged for cancellation of registration. Please note, no refunds will be granted after 11/01/2019.


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