Upcoming Courses

18th Annual Winter Seminar: New Innovations for the Treatment of ADHD and Psychological Brain Health

John Ratey, MD

March 2, 2015 – March 6, 2015 | Naples, FL | Naples Beach and Golf Resort More Information

This course will focus on specific approaches and interventions to patients with ADHD, Aggression and Mood, the Addictions, and Social disorders, “including a special section on autism and the authors research and experience with disruptive adolescents with autism.” Treatment issues will be emphasized and we will explore new medications and alternative strategies that are shown to be effective in these psychiatric problems. We will take brief journeys into the brain and at the synapse to help understand what conditions we are aiming to change and why. We will discuss the use of combination of treatments, both medical and non-medical. We will study controversies of diagnosis: 1. Bipolar or ADHD or both and what this means for treatment; 2. Asperger’s or Autism or Social Dyslexia – does it matter and are there any relevant medications and behavioral interventions for these developmental differences; 3. relevancies of DSM-5 to the real world and the issue of subthreshold diagnoses of the “Shadow Syndromes”; and 4. The effect of exercise and other environmental factors on the brain and psyche.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Evaluate the neurobiology of ADHD, fatigue, stress, the social brain and its variances and application in the clinical setting;
  • Utilize newer treatments and medications available for treating ADHD, aggression, and social disorders;
  • Analyze holistic and “non-medical” treatments and their effects on the brain;
  • Integrate exercise into management of psychological brain health.

Additional Information

9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Overview: the concept of the “shadow syndromes” and their relevance to psychiatric problems; biology and treatment of ADHD; New data on ADHD; review the effect on simple but consistent lifestyle changes on severly compromised adolescents with autism. Q & A.
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Diagnosis of ADHD and bipolar illness: the addictions and how they are often comorbid with so many other psychiatric syndromes; use of the new medications for ADHD. New long-acting stimulant preparation, atomoxetine, and modafinil; contribution of norepinephrine and fatigue to our understanding of the attention system and its clinical implications and directions for treatments, Q & A, case discussions.
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Biology and treatment of stress and aggression: how the brain reacts and deals with stress; changing appreciation for stress hormone and its impact on mood, memory, learning, and brain function. Aggression and newer concepts in anger management, Q & A.
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Treatment issues I: evidence supporting the effectiveness of physical exercise and movement on the brain and the psyche; neuroscience of exercise; Exercise forestalling the aging process; how having our body in tune helps ensure that we remain cognitively and emotionally enabled as we age, Q & A, case discussions.
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Treatment issues II: medications and holistic interventions; ‘non-medical’ treatments and how they impact the brain and psyche; Food supplements and humor and their effects on the brain and the psyche; ways to integrate into clinical use; new innovations for the treatment of ADHD and psychological brain health, Q & A.

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 15


Physicians: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©), therefore up to 15 ECMEC© Credits are available. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Psychologists: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer Continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, maintains responsibility for this program.

Counselors: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP™ solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.” The winter seminar programs meet the criteria for 15 clock hours.

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted.

Nurses: The following programs have been approved by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. These educational activities have been awarded 15.0 contact hours: Essential Psychopharmacology, 2015, Carl Salzman, MD; Psychopharmacology: A Master Class, Carl Salzman, MD; New Innovations for the Treatment of ADHD and Psychological Brain Health, John Ratey, MD The Florida Board of Nursing has approved Meditation and Visualization Practices for Everyday Living and to Enhance Peak Performance for 15 contact hours

Educators: Application has been made to Commonwealth of Massachusetts to offer Professional Development Points(PDP’s).

Please call Stacy Ruiz at 617-754-1265 or e-mail sjruiz@bidmc.harvard.edu for more information about your credit hours.