Upcoming Courses

The Third Annual Conference of The Massachusetts Mental Health Center: Preventing Chronicity and Promoting Wellness in Mental Illness

Roscoe Brady, MD, Thomas Gutheil, MD, Carl Salzman, MD, Matcheri Keshavan, MD, Larry Seidman, PhD, Elizabeth Simpson, MD, and Mark Viron, MD

December 6, 2013 | 75 Fenwood Road, Boston, MA | The Massachusetts Mental Health Center

This one day symposium brings together mental health experts to provide state of the art reviews on the diagnosis, early intervention, management and prevention of chronicity in mental illness. Speakers include current members and alumni of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center community, and the Harvard Medical School. The symposium will be of interest to psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and other mental health professionals as well as students from these health professions.

If you  have any question, please contact Maryan Augusta at augusta@bidmc.harvard.edu or fax  at 617-754-1250.

To register, please click on the following link: MMHC Conference Registration

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  1. Learn the nature and course of major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, with a focus on what factors underlie chronicity, disability and relapse.
  2.  Understand current thinking on the rationale and approaches to prevention of illness chronicity, functional disability and relapse in major mental illness after the First Psychotic Episode.
  3. Review and discuss approaches to identify, prevent  and manage risk of self harm and violence early in serious and persistent mental illness.

Additional Information





8:45am – 9:00 Introductory Remarks Matcheri Keshavan, MDLarry Seidman, PhD
9:00 – 9:45 The Nature And Course of Schizophrenia: What Underlies Chronicity? Matcheri S Keshavan, MD
9:45 – 10:30 The Core Functional Deficits in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Larry Seidman, PhD
10:30 – 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:30 Nature And Course of Bipolar Disorder Roscoe Brady, MD
11:30 – 12:15pm Prevention of Metabolic Side Effects Mark Viron, MD
12:15 – 1:15

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 2:00 Pharmacological Management of Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder: State of the Art Carl Salzman, MD
2:00 – 2:45 Psychosocial Management During the Course of Psychotic Illnesses: Cognitive Remediation and Personal Therapy Matcheri Keshavan, MD
2:45 – 3:00

Coffee Break

3:00 – 3:45 Risk Identification and Management in Serious and Persistent Mental Illness Thomas Gutheil, MD
3:45 – 5:00 Panel Discussion: Preventing Chronicity and Disability(All Faculty and a Member of the CRC Consumer Advisory Board) Larry Seidman, PhD,Elizabeth Simpson MD,


Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 6.75


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 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits’. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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 ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.” This program meets the criteria for 6.75 clock hours.

Nurses: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing in Massachusetts. (244 CMR).

For information on the status of the application to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, please email maugusta@bidmc.harvard.edu.