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Bipolar Disorder:

Accurately Diagnosing and Ethically Treating the Latest "Fad" in Mental Health


  • The "bipolar epidemic" – more and more clients are being diagnosed, but is this trend accurate?
  • Mania
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Lifespan implications (children, adolescents, adults)
  • Hypomania
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Lifespan implications (children, adolescents, adults)
  • Bipolar I - manic-depressive disorder or affective psychosis
    • Developmental course
    • Diagnostic criteria
      • removal of "goal directed"
      • addition of "another medical condition"
    • Specifiers – the key to accurate and ethical treatment planning
      • With anxious distress – NEW for DSM-5
      • With mixed features
      • With rapid cycling
      • With melancholic features
      • With atypical features
      • With mood-congruent psychotic features
      • With mood-incongruent psychotic features
      • With catatonia – NEW for DSM-5
      • With peripartum onset
      • With seasonal pattern
      • Severity
      • Remission
    • Critical rule-outs
    • Fully syndromal manic episodes
    • Treatment-induced mania
    • Ethics:
      • Treatment implications of psychotic, suicidal, and hospital involved profiles
      • Instability is fundamental to Bipolar Disorder
      • ICD-10 coding and recording procedures
  • Bipolar II - lifetime experience of instability of mood
    • No longer thought to be a "milder" condition than bipolar I disorder
    • Serious impairment in work and social functioning
    • Diagnostic criteria
      • addition of "another medical condition"
    • Specifiers – the key to accurate and ethical treatment planning
      • descriptive, course, and severity
    • Critical rule-outs
    • Ethics: ICD-10 coding and recording procedures
  • Cyclothymic Disorder - the forgotten child in the bipolar family
    • Hypomanic and depressive periods
    • Solo descriptive specifier
  • Mirror opposites: Major Depressive Episode
  • Are Bipolar Related Disorders really Sex Addiction?
    • Paraphilic Disorders
  • Other Specified Bipolar Related Disorders
  • Differential diagnoses    
    • Bipolar Related Disorders
    • Substance-Medication Induced
    • Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Type
    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
  • Applied Clinical Lab – real-time consulting about your clients and most challenging cases!
  • Ethically-focused treatment planning
    • Why standard CBT does not work
    • Pharmacotherapy
    • Dr. Ellen Frank's Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT)
      • It's all about sleep-wake cycles
      • Means of improving depression
      • Preventing relapse in Bipolar Disorder
      • Zeitgebers or "time givers"
      • Life events, social prompts, social rhythms, biological rhythms, somatic symptoms
      • Ethical use of the Social Rhythm Metric II -systematic symptom monitoring
      • Basic Elements of IPSRT
        • Initial phase
        • Intermediate phase
        • Continuation or maintenance phase
        • Final phase
      • IPSRT as a "modular treatment"
      • Efficacy of IPSRT
      • Case Illustration
        • Case formulation
        • Course of treatment
        • Outcome and prognosis
      • Get your training in IPSRT
        • An online, 8-hour training course
        • Video interviews with IPSRT experts
        • Downloadable copies of IPSRT tracking tools and other downloadable forms and materials, including instruments for assessing symptoms of bipolar disorder
        • A message board allowing IPSRT practitioners to share ideas and ask one another questions
        • A place to share useful materials and files with other IPSRT clinicians
        • Links to other reputable IPSRT-related sites
  • Conclusion



  • Co-sponsored by the Arizona Counselors Association (AzCA).
  • 7 CEs, 3 of which are ethics/law - in compliance with Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners for professional counselors (LAC/LPC), social workers (LBSW/LMSW/LCSW), marriage and family therapists (LAMFT/LMFT), substance abuse counseling (LSAT/LASAC), and the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners for psychologists. 
  • Convenient location: University of Phoenix, 300 S Craycroft Rd, Tucson AZ  85711. (University of Phoenix is a trade name and registered trademark of the Apollo Education Group, Inc.  Any use by Licensee to identify the event location is not intended to imply affiliation with, sponsorship or endorsement of the event by The University of Phoenix, Inc. or Apollo Education Group, Inc.)
  • Convenient time: Saturday, September 16th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • ​Premium training folder, CE certificate on glossy cardstock, and double-sided printed PPT slides.
  • Real-time clinical examples/vignettes, compelling video clips, dynamic visual lecture, engaging humor, and immediate Q/A.
  • Learn how to advocate for your clients who do not have bipolar disorder when others insist they do.
Training Rates
Group of 3+ Attendee Names
Personal Special Requests
  • "Very helpful in providing clinical education materials for correcting public misinformation about genuine bipolar symptoms vs. pop culture perceptions of bipolar"




  • "This class sparked  a new interest for me to revisit the DSM-5 with the new  approach that you taught and use in your practice."




  • "Practical information, lots of info I didn't already know"




  • "Instructor is very knowledgeable in main areas thus able to answer all/most questions"




  • "In-depth, comprehensive information - good resources"




  • "Detailed presentation, well organized, great presenter"




  • "The presentation was amazing - thank you for the valuable information"




  • "Packed info that has added to my ability to formulate better Tx planning"




  • "The clinical information & knowledge of the presenter, effective interventions for bipolar disorders"




  • "Dynamic presentation"




  • "Well organized and Dr. King stayed clear and enthusiastic!"




  • "Very good and encouraging participation"




  • "An excellent update"




  • "It was refreshing to actually go to CEU class that you can come away more motivated and informed with information that is helpful in our profession and most importunely to engage and get those in need in the treatment process."

*(Comments from June 16, 2017 workshop attendees)



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Jason H. King, Ph.D. - Dr. King served as a Behavioral Health Clinical Panel Member for Stanford University's Health Policy Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research. In this role he assisted in the investigation of community-level quality indicators related to suicidal ideation, serious mental illness, substance use, depression, anxiety, adjustment, and psychotic disorders; and intimate partner violence and abuse. Dr. King served as a Collaborative Investigator for the American Psychiatric Association's Routine Clinical Practice field trials that informed the DSM-5 revision process. He received the 2012 AMHCA Mental Health Counselor of the Year Award and is a former AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist (DCMHS) in Substance Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders Counseling. Dr. King is the Student Development Coordinator for Walden University's School of Counseling.