12th Annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 8:00am to 4:45pm
Focusing attention on mental health issues and concerns that affect women of all ages, the 12th Annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium will be held Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., at the Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson. What began as a local conference has evolved into one of the longest-running annual conferences on women’s mental health in the country.
 
The symposium is open to the public as well as to all specialties of health-care providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, psychologists, social workers, counselors and medical students and residents. This accredited academic CE (continuing education) event integrates best practice tools and recent evidence-based data from leading researchers and clinicians in Tucson and the nation.
 
Brain Immune Interactions: The Science of Health and Well-Being will be addressed by keynote speaker Esther Sternberg, MD, internationally recognized for her discoveries proving the role of the brain’s stress response in arthritis, autoimmune and other debilitating illnesses. Dr. Sternberg recently joined The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) as professor and director of research with joint appointments in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. She also joined the University of Arizona Arthritis Center and serves on its Scientific Advisory Committee.
 
“The Women’s Mental Health Symposium addresses recent research and clinical advances in current mental health issues specific to women and provides an important forum for public mental health education,” says symposium founder and speaker Marlene P. Freeman, MD, director of clinical services, Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, and associate professor of psychiatry with Harvard Medical School, Boston. Dr. Freeman established the Women’s Mental Health Program at the UA in 2000 and directed the program for seven years.
 
To register or for more information, visit the website www.wmh.arizona.edu or contact the UA Department of Psychiatry Professional Development Office, 520-626-1392, email uapsycon@email.arizona.edu
 
All breakout sessions have opportunities for questions and answers as well as discussion. Speakers and topics will include:
· Mental Health and the Aging Woman, Ole J. Thienhaus, MD, FACPsych, professor and chair, Department of Psychiatry, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
· Mood Disorders During Pregnancy and the Postpartum and Menopause and PMDD, Marlene Freeman, MD
· Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Females: Identification and Treatment, Kathy W. Smith, MD, course director and assistant professor, UA Department of Psychiatry
· Psychodermatology: A Dermatologist’s Perspective, Fiona Behr, MD, FAAD, dermatologist with Ironwood Dermatology, Tucson
· Women and Psychosis, Nicholas J. K. Breitborde, PhD, UA assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER) at The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus
· No Time for Compassion? Humanism and Women’s Health Care, Mark D. Gilbert, MD, FRCP (c), UA clinical associate professor of psychiatry, director of Mind-Body Medicine Skills Groups at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and associate director of psychosocial oncology at the University of Arizona Cancer Center
· Girls and Bullying, John Leipsic, MD, UA assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry, director, Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation and Liaison Service, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
· Pathways to Patient and Family Well-being after Breast Cancer Diagnosis: A Biopsychosocial Approach, Karen Weihs, MD, associate professor and associate head of research, UA Department of Psychiatry; medical director, Psychosocial Support and Psycho-oncology Services, the University of Arizona Cancer Center
· Bereavement, Grief, Health, and Illness, Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
· The Treatment of Eating Disorders from a Psychodynamically Informed Perspective: Why, When and (Maybe Even) How, Barbara E. Pritchard, PhD, UA associate clinical professor of psychiatry
· Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Women: Sexuality and Mental Health, Sally Stevens, PhD, executive director, UA Southwest Institute for Research on Women
· Sleepless in Arizona: An Overview of Sleep Disorders in Women, Joanna Katsanis, PhD, UA associate professor of psychiatry and psychology; director, Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic, UA Department of Psychiatry
· Women and PTSD, Patricia Haynes, PhD, UA assistant professor of psychiatry; staff psychologist, Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System
· Neuroscience Meets Psychotherapy: A Psychological Approach to Love, Sex and Attachment in Human Relationships, Daniela Roher, PhD, LPC, psychotherapist, private practice
 
The event also will include information tables staffed by local organizations, including The University of Arizona Health Network, UA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UA Bookstores, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Southern Arizona, Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA), Southern Arizona Mental Health Corporation (SAMHC), Sonora Behavioral Health, Casa de los Niños, COPE Community Services, CODAC Behavioral Health Services and Crisis Response Network.
 
The registration fee of $125 ($50 for students and medical residents) includes course materials on a USB flash drive, general and breakout sessions, CE (continuing education) credits, continental breakfast and boxed lunch. (For an additional fee of $30, participants may request a printed binder of presentation materials; CDs are $5.)
 
The symposium is presented by the UA Department of Psychiatry at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson in collaboration with the Arizona Nurses Association, Arizona Psychological Association and the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at theUA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Special thanks to the Lovell Foundation for its unrestricted grant support of the educational program.