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Title: Evidence Based Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Youth
Presenter: Mary A. Fristad, PhD, ABPP
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Psychology & Nutrition
Vice Chair for Research and Academic Affairs, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Research Director, Center for Integrative Health and Wellness
The Ohio State University
Until recently, bipolar disorder was rarely diagnosed in youth. Now diagnostic rates have exploded and “bipolar” is the most common diagnosis for psychiatrically hospitalized youth. There is concern that bipolar disorder is being over-diagnosed and over-medicated in children. Fortunately, there has been a surge of evidence about the validity of carefully diagnosed bipolar in youths, along with better evidence-based tools for assessment and treatment. This mini-workshop provides a brief overview of evidence-based assessment of bipolar disorder in youth and available biological interventions, emphasizing what non-prescribing clinicians need to know about these treatments. The majority of the mini-workshop focuses on how to conceptualize comprehensive care and delineates specific therapeutic techniques. Therapeutic techniques taught come from the individual-family and multi-family versions of psychoeducational psychotherapy (IF-PEP, MF-PEP), one of the most promising evidence-based approaches to managing mood disorders in youth. Treatment techniques include: learning about the disorder and its treatment, differentiating the child from the disorder, building emotion regulation “tool kits,” CBT fundamentals, problem solving, verbal and nonverbal skill enhancement, improving “healthy habits” (sleep hygiene, eating and exercise), navigating the mental health and school systems to build more effective treatment teams, changing maladaptive family patterns, and specific symptom management strategies.
~~You will learn:
1. A conceptual model of care
2. Specific therapeutic techniques to treat youth with bipolar disorder
3. Specific therapeutic techniques to implement with parents of youth with bipolar disorder.
Fristad, M.A. & MacPherson, H. (2014). Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for bipolar disorder in youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 43(3):339-55 doi: 10.1080/15374416.2013.822309
Fristad, M.A., Goldberg Arnold, J.S. & Leffler, J. (2011). Psychotherapy for Children with Bipolar and Depressive Disorders. New York: Guilford Press.
Kowatch, R.A., Fristad, M.A., Findling, R.L & Post, R.M. (2009). A Clinical Manual for the Management of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
About the presenter: Mary A. Fristad, PhD, ABPP, is Professor and Vice Chair for Research and Academic Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC); she also holds appointments in Psychology and Nutrition. Dr. Fristad received her doctorate from the University of Kansas after completing her clinical internship at Brown University. Dr. Fristad is board certified in clinical psychology and clinical child and adolescent psychology. She has served on the inaugural executive boards and has been president of both the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Fristad’s research focuses on assessment and treatment of mood disorders in children, with a particular focus on bipolar disorder. She has over 200 publications, including books and workbooks for parents, children and clinicians on how to assess and treat children with mood disorders.