Upcoming Courses

A New Prescription: Exercise and Other Groundbreaking Techniques for the Treatment of ADHD, Aggression, and Autism Spectrum Disorders

John Ratey, MD

February 27, 2017 – March 3, 2017 | Naples, FL | The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club More Information

This course focuses on the latest medical and non-medical approaches and interventions for patients with ADHD, Aggression, the Addictions, and Social disorders, including a special section on autism, based on new research and the instructor’s experience with disruptive adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition to new medications, the course will explore the proven effects of exercise, yoga, play, diet, and other alternative strategies that are shown to be effective in these psychiatric problems. Special emphasis will be placed on the burgeoning research on exercise and ADHD, with tips on how to integrate exercise prescriptions into your practice. In addition, the course looks at the growing awareness of the “microbiome” when it comes to diet, and the effect of gluten and probiotics on the gut and brain/behavior connection. To put it all together, the course takes an understandable journey into the brain and the synapse to fully understand these conditions.

The important area of diagnosis will also be looked at, covering the controversies and challenges associated with making the right call with psychological disorders: 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 sub-threshold diagnoses of the “Shadow Syndromes”.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Evaluate the neurobiology of ADHD, Aggression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, fatigue, stress, the social brain and its variances and application in the clinical setting;
  • Review the effects of sleep, being in nature, movement and diet on brain health in general and specifically with Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Evaluate the latest medications and combinations for ADHD, aggression and social disorders;
  • Utilize non-medical approaches to complement traditional treatment approaches for your patients with ADHD, Aggression, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other social disorders;
  • Integrate exercise into management of psychological brain health;

Additional Information

Monday, February 27, 2017
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 severely compromised adolescents with autism. Q&A.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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, introducing the microbiome and what we know and hope to know in the future; the status of gluten and probiotics; best practices in Autism; research from the Center for Discovery targeting the non-medical effects of sleep, diet, movement, being in nature on behavior and connection. Q&A.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
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.
Friday, March 3, 2017
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, Autism Spectrum Disorder and and psychological brain health. Q&A.

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


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 15.00 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.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at: www.eaccme.eu.

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 (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEPTM solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. The winter seminar programs meet the criteria for 15 clock hours.

Nurses: Applications have been made to the ANA-MA and accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.

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

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