Upcoming Courses

Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation Conference: Prevention and Management of Acute Psychiatric Crises in College and Graduate Students

Jenn Brandel, LICSW, Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, PhD, Mark Jannoni, Brooke D. Katz, RN, NP, Matcheri S. Keshavan, MD, Matthew K. Nock, PhD, Lawrence Lifson, MD, Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD, Larry J. Seidman, PhD, Ester Shapiro, PhD, Lorraine Wolf, PhD, Kristen A. Woodberry, MSW, PhD, Suzannah V. Zimmet, MD

May 3, 2013 | One Autumn Street Auditorium A Boston, MA 02115

This one-day conference will focus on early intervention in major mental illness, especially pertaining to young adults enrolled in undergraduate and graduate level university programs. Special attention will be paid to identifying those at risk for major mental illness, implementing necessary supports for individuals experiencing difficulties, developing optimal responses of campus teams, and training faculty, clinical staff and university officials to respond effectively to psychiatric events. There will be a focus on implementing successful early detection and treatment programs, decreasing the incidence of violence, under-or-untreated mental illness, and suicide. The morning session will review issues of the epidemiology of psychosis, violence, and suicidality in this student population and early intervention and prevention strategies. It will include personal accounts from the unique perspective of a former student who suffered with mental illness, as well as accounts of what can be done in light of recent knowledge. The afternoon session will address training college counselors to identify and respond to major mental health crises, the work of a unique program for students inside a psychiatric hospital, and the challenges and successful initiatives for managing the mental health needs of student populations. Clinical interventions including psychopharmacology will be addressed. The program will have leading clinical and research faculty present state-of-the-art clinical and research updates.

To register please email your completed form to Baer2013@bidmc.harvard.edu or fax to 617-754-1250.  Baer Conference Registration Form

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Describe new strategies that could be applied in a university setting to prevent and respond to psychiatric crises.
  • Clarify the features of young people who are at highest risk for developing a major psychiatric disorder.
  • Provide a review of the current strategies and available services to support early identification, intervention, and possible prevention of psychotic disorders in adolescents and young adults.


Additional Information


Registration/Continental Breakfast

Coffee and Refreshments


Welcome: Course Directors


The Big Picture: Perspectives on Prevention and Early Intervention in Major Mental Illness

Larry J. Seidman, PhD


Learning from Lived Experience: “What did I need, what was I not getting?”

Brooke Katz, RN, NP


Discussion of Dr. Seidman & Ms. Katz’s talks




The Assessment of Suicide Risk in University Settings

Matthew K. Nock, PhD


Center for Early Detection, Assessment & Response to Risk: Helping Youth Who May have Emerging Psychosis

Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, PhD


Discussion of Dr. Nock & Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian talks




Improving Screening for Early Psychosis by Allaying Clinician Anxiety and Developing Core Understandings

Jenn Brandel, LICSW


Lessons Learned From the College Mental Health Program, McLean Hospital

Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD




Best Clinical Practices for Prevention and Treatment: Where Do We Go From Here?

Matcheri S. Keshavan, MD


College Counseling Center and Broader University Responses: Panel Discussion

Moderated by Kristen A. Woodberry, MSW, PhD

Mark Jannoni, Ester Shapiro, PhD Laurie Wolf, PhD, Suzannah V. Zimmet, MD

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 5


Physicians: There are no Category I credits available to Physicians for this conference. This conference qualifies for Category II credits
Nurses: This program meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR).

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.

Social Workers: For information on the status of the application to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, please contact Stacy Ruiz at sjruiz@bidmc.harvard.edu

Counselors: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School is an NBCC Approved Continuing Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The 4th Annual Conference on Youth Mental Health for a maximum of 5 clock hours. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program


Jenn Brandel, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker, Emerson College Counseling Center, and Independent Consultant and Trainer

Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, PhD, Clinical Team Leader of Center for Early Detection, Assessment, and Response to Risk (CEDAR), Instructor in Psychology, Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

 Mark Jannoni, M.Ed, Associate Dean of Students, Chair, Behavioral Intervention Team, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Brooke D. Katz, RN, NP, Nurse Practitioner, McLean Hospital Southeast, Brockton, Mass. Author of I Think I Scared Her: Growing up with Psychosis.

Matcheri S. Keshavan, MD, Vice Chair, Public Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Matthew K. Nock, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Laboratory for Clinical and Developmental Research in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University

Lawrence Lifson, MD, Director of Continuing Education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry; Faculty,  Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and Society; Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine

Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD, Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Director, College Mental Health Program, McLean Hospital

Larry J. Seidman, PhD, Director, Commonwealth Research Center; Vice Chair (Research), Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Ester Shapiro, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston, Research Associate, Gaston Institute for Latino Research and Public Policy, and director, the Community Engagement Core at UMB’s HORIZON Center, a Center of Excellence in reducing minority health disparities.

Lorraine Wolf, PhD, Director of the Office of Disability Services, Boston University, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University.

Kristen A. Woodberry, MSW, PhD, Project Director of Clinical High Risk Research, Instructor in Psychology and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Suzannah V. Zimmet, MD, Medical Director of Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis Program (PREP) and the Center for Early Detection and Risk (CEDAR), Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston, MA, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center