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Contextual Psychopharmacology for Therapists
Best Western Oshkosh Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center
1 North Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901

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Thursday, April 20, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Category: WAFCA CE Training

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It is not difficult to memorize a list of available psychiatric medications. What is difficult is to know how and when to prescribe them. This workshop will provide a review of what medications are available for the various psychiatric disorders, but will also cover what we know about efficacy and safety across the lifespan. We will talk about ways to enhance the placebo effect, why medications don’t work as well in “real-life” as they do in drug studies, and why alternative medications work better than they should. We will also talk about any future trends in psychopharmacology that are worth hearing about.


At the end of this seminar, participants will

1)      Be able to appreciate the power of the placebo effect and how it distorts drug studies

2)      Be able to refer to a chart that lists medications and side-effects in a way that is useful for clients

3)      Understand how age affects drug metabolism and why drug studies are complicated by gender bias

4)      Understand how prescribing medications is a psychosocial intervention.

About the Presenter:

Dr. David Mays, M.D., Ph.D., is a licensed physician in the state of Wisconsin. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has Additional Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry. He has a dual appointment as a clinical adjunct assistant professor in the University of Wisc. Dept. of Psychiatry and Department of Professional Development and Applied Studies.

He is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, member the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association, and a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Over the last 23 years, Dr, Mays has practiced psychiatry in a variety of settings, including an HMO, an assertive community treatment program, private clinical and forensic practice, and as the clinical director of the forensic program at the Mendota Mental Health Institute. This forensic program is a 180-bed program with the only maximum security forensic unit in the state of Wisconsin. Dr. Mays was the treating psychiatrist on the most restrictive unit in maximum security, housing some of the most dangerous psychiatric patients in the state.

Dr. Mays has received numerous awards for his teaching and clinical work, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Alliance on Mental Illness in Dane County, the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Exceptional Performance Award from the Wisconsin Health and Family Services, the 2006 Outstanding Professional Award from the Wisconsin Association on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, and the 2010 Outstanding Mental Health Professional Award from the Wisconsin National Alliance on Mental Illness. He is a highly sought after presenter on numerous topics in mental health, including psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, personality disorders, suicide and aggression risk management, mainstream and alternative treatments in psychiatry, and the biology of ethics.

Contact: Rachel Kruse: [email protected], 608.257.5939