13th Annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

The compelling and diverse mental health topics specific to women and children are the focus of the “13th Annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium: Integrating a Pediatric Focus” on Friday, May 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson.

The symposium is being held in conjunction with  National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2014, May 8, which “seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.”

The symposium is open to interested community members and all specialties of health-care professionals – including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, psychologists, social workers, counselors and medical students and residents – as well as school administrators and staff. This multi-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.

Since its beginnings as a local conference, the event has evolved into one of the longest-running annual symposiums on women’s mental health in the country. 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 Arizona Psychiatric Society, the symposium is made possible through the generous, longstanding support of the David and Lura Lovell Foundation.

“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, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; and medical director, Clinical Trials Network Institute, and director of clinical services, Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Dr. Freeman established the Women’s Mental Health Program at the UA in 2000 and directed the program for seven years.

The keynote presentation by Charles Raison, MD, renowned mind-body medicine researcher and mental health expert for CNNhealth, will address Coming to Our Senses: Rethinking Depression in Women and Children. Dr. Raison’s visionary work focuses on how the brain and body work together and on harnessing scientific understanding of the mind and body to enable more of us to enjoy happiness and health. He works with the Dalai Lama on Cognitive-Based Compassion Therapy and conducts extensive research to study novel interventions for mental health. Dr. Raison holds a joint appointment as UA associate professor of psychiatry at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and Barry and Janet Lang Associate Professor of Integrative Mental Health at the UA Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Based on community feedback, a new track focusing on pediatric mental health in the context of women and families has been added. Nearly 14 percent of U.S. adolescent girls have a mood disorder, a rate twice as high compared to boys. Other disorders, such as anxiety disorders and behavior disorders, are more likely to begin and be more prevalent in these younger age groups. This seriously impacts their ability to succeed with education, employment and relationships. As a result of this need indicated by the data and voiced by physicians, social workers and school counselors, this pediatric mental health track was added to allow a focus on adolescent girls.

The event also will include information tables staffed by local organizations, including The University of Arizona Health Network, the Arizona Pregnancy Riskline (a public service program that is part of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center at the UA College of Pharmacy), Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA), Sonora Behavioral Health, COPE Community Services, Serafina Women’s Services by CODAC, and other local agencies and organizations.

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.

To register, or for more information, please 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:

8:30-8:35 a.m. Introduction, Ole Thienhaus, MD, MBA, FACPsych; professor and chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona

8:35-8:45 a.m. Welcome, Vision, Kathy Smith, MD, assistant professor and director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UA Department of Psychiatry; director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program, UA College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program

8:45-10 a.m. Keynote, Coming to Our Senses: Rethinking Depression in Women and Children, Charles Raison, MD, associate professor, UA Department of Psychiatry; Barry and Janet Lang Associate Professor of Integrative Mental Health, UA Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

10:20-11:20 a.m. Breakout Session 1:

Effects of Violence and Abuse on Developing Girls, Chuck Chiverton, PhD, MA, LPC, psychotherapist and clinical coordinator, Great Beginnings Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Clinic, Casa De Los Niños

Women’s Mental Health Issues in the General Hospital Setting, Aimee Kaempf, MD, UA assistant professor, UA Department of Psychiatry; director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program, University of Arizona College of Medicine at South Campus

Trauma Informed Care & Women, Richard Rhoads, MD, assistant professor and associate chair for clinical affairs in psychiatry, UA Department of Psychiatry

Noon-1 p.m.  Breakout Session 2:

Raising Mindful Children: The Implications of Neuroscience for Parenting, Amelia Villagomez, MD, assistant professor, UA Department of Psychiatry

Hot Topics in Pregnancy: Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and ADHD, Marlene Freeman, MD,  associate professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; medical director of the Clinical Trials Network Institute and director of clinical services, Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Emotional Awareness: Differences between Women and Men, Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD, professor, UA Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

1:10-2:10 p.m.  Breakout Session 3:

Spotting Camouflaged but Common and Dangerous Pediatric Rattlesnakes, Thomas Brunner, PhD, private practice

Mental Health Needs of  Criminal Justice-Involved Women, Patricia Harrison Monroe, PhD, assistant professor, UA Department of Psychiatry; chief, Behavioral Health Services, The University of Arizona Medical Center - South Campus

Perinatal Mood Disorders, Marlene Freeman, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; medical director of the Clinical Trials Network Institute and director of clinical services, Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

2:20-3:20 p.m.  Breakout Session 4:

Cyberbullying and Sexting: Association with Women’s Mental Health, Sheri Bauman, PhD, professor and director, School Counseling Program, UA College of Education

Dementia and Women, Geoffrey Ahern, MD, PhD, professor, UA Department of Neurology

LGBT Female Adolescent Mental Health, Stephen Russell, PhD, interim director, UA Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences; Fitch Nesbitt Endowed Chair; director, Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families, UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

3:30-4:30 p.m.  Breakout Session 5:

Mood and Emotion: A Developmental Perspective, Patrick Burke, MB, PhD, clinical professor, UA Department of Psychiatry

Perimenopause and PMDD, Marlene Freeman, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; medical director of the Clinical Trials Network Institute and director of clinical services, Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Furthering Our Understanding of Depression in Adolescent Girls: A Focus of the Impact of Perinatal Life Events, Kathy Smith, MD, assistant professor and director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UA Department of Psychiatry; director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program, UA College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program