Upcoming Courses

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

John Ratey, MD

February 24, 2014 – February 28, 2014 | Naples, FL | The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Resort More Information
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

Meets Monday-Friday: 9am-12:15pm

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


This course will focus on specific approaches and interventions to patients with ADHD, Aggression and Mood, the Addictions, and Social disorders. 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”;
  4. The effect of exercise and other environmental factors on the brain and psyche.

This seminar will address current gaps in knowledge and competence with regard to specific approaches and interventions to patients with ADHD, Aggression and Mood, the Addictions, and Social disorders. The seminar will help clinicians identify problems that often complicate adequate treatment of many of these disorders and address these problems. Educational presentation will be in seminar format and include lectures, participant discussions and Q & A.


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.

Psychologists: The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology 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 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.

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

Nurses: This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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.

JOHN J. RATEY, MD is an Associate 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, and Delivered from Distraction. His latest book is SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.