Upcoming Courses

26th Annual Summer Seminars: New Innovations for the Treatment of ADHD and Psychological Brain Health

John Ratey, MD

July 17, 2015 – July 19, 2015 | Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA | Harbor View Hotel 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 author’s 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;
    A special emphasis on using lifestyle changes to effect outcome;
  • Integrate exercise into management of psychological brain health.

Additional Information


Registration: 4:00 pm

Seminar Format:

Friday: 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday: 8:15 am – 12:30 pm

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 10


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 10 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 Center, 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 Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

COUNSELORS: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School continuing education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The Week-Long Summer Seminars for a maximum of 15 clock hours and the Weekend Summer Seminars for a maximum of 10 clock hours. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

SOCIAL WORKERS: For information on the status of the application to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, please call 617-754-1265 or email: sjruiz@bidmc.harvard.edu.

NURSES: This program meet the specifications for the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR)

John J. Ratey, MD is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ratey has been a leading teacher and researcher on brain and personality and treatment of aggression and the development of disabilities as well as the psychological and cognitive benefits of exercise and play. He has written extensively on Attention Deficit Disorder, learning disabilities, brain differences that affect social skills and has published Shadow Syndromes, a book that has helped broaden our understanding of how the brain affects everyday life. Dr. Ratey is the author of co-author of more than 75 scientific publications and seven books: Mental Retardation: Developing Pharmacotherapies, The Neuropsychiatry of Personality Disorders, Driven to Distraction, Answers to Distraction, Shadow Syndromes, The User’s Guide to the Brain. His latest book is GO WILD: Free Your Body and Mind From the Afflictions of Civilization.