Pre-Conference Courses


ISBD 2015 Pre-Conference Courses are interactive sessions requiring pre-registration (Half day workshop $150 / Full day workshop $200).  

In order to encourage audience participation and interactivity, ISBD limits the number of participants within each session. Tickets will be sold on a first-come first-served basis.

All Pre-Congress courses will take place on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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Each course has limited places available, Dont miss out!

Full Session Details to ​below:

Course 1
Title: State of the Art in Diagnosing, Assessing and Treating Bipolar Disorder: A Training Course to Improve your Skills as a Bipolar Expert
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Full Day: 10:00 – 16:00​
Course Organizer: Ralph Kupka, MD, PhD 
Fee: $200USD ($250 late/onsite)

Course Description: Bipolar disorder is a heterogeneous clinical condition, confronting clinicians with diagnostic dilemma's and complex treatment decisions. This course provides an overview for clinicians who are relatively new in the field of bipolar disorder, addressing diagnosis in adults and children using the new DSM-5 classification and going beyond that in real world clinical practice, how to assess and how to treat (psychologically and pharmacologically) patients with bipolar disorder. The course will include 8 sessions of 30 to 45 minutes each, consisting of presentations by experts on the topics, alternated with extensive discussions and including exercises using clinical case vignettes, to ensure much interaction with the course participants. Basic elements as well as some controversial issues and common pitfalls are presented and interactively illustrated with clinical examples. Participants are encouraged to present questions and dilemmas from their own experience.

Intended Audience:Up to 25 psychiatrists and psychologists (including residents and trainees) who want to increase or update their skills to become an expert clinician in bipolar disorder.



10:00 - 10:45       Introduction: Diagnosis and Assessment of Bipolar Disorder in Adults
Ralph Kupka, MD, PhD (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

10:45 - 11:30       Diagnosis and Assessment of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Eric Youngstrom, PhD (Chapel Hill, USA)

11:30 - 12:00       Psychotherapy 
Evidence based psychotherapies: which, when, and for whom?
Jan Scott, MD, PhD (Newcastle, UK

12:00 - 12:45       Psychoeducation 
Jan Scott, MD, PhD (Newcastle, UK)

12:45 - 13:30       Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:15       Acute Pharmacotherapy for mania and depression
Willem Nolen (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) & Joseph Calabrese (Cleveland, USA)

14:15 - 14:45       Maintenance Pharmacotherapy
Joseph Calabrese & Willem Nolen

14:45 - 15:00       Afternoon Coffee Break

15:00 - 15:45       Pharmacotherapy: discussion of clinical experience from the participants
Willem Nolen, Joseph Calabrese & Ralph Kupka

15:45 - 16:00      Integration and General Discussion
Ralph Kupka

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Course 2
Title: Evidence-Based Assessment of, and Psychotherapy for, Bipolar Disorder in Youth
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Half Day: 13:00 – 16:15
Course Organizers: Mary A. Fristad, PhD, ABPP
Fee: $150USD ($175 late/onsite)

Course Description:

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 youth, along with better evidence-based tools for assessment and treatment. This workshop discusses key assessment and therapy issues, including: How bipolar disorder manifests clinically, presentation similarities and differences in children versus adults, how to use self-report and parent-report measures to aid DSM-5 diagnosis and treatment, the role of RDoC, and specific treatment strategies. We summarize the available biological interventions, then concentrate on therapeutic techniques used in individual-family and multi-family psychoeducational psychotherapy (PEP), one of the most promising evidence-based approaches to managing mood disorders in youth. This program will utilize lecture format, case presentations, demonstrations, role plays and question and answer periods. Often challenging conventional wisdom, the institute presents new evidence from NIMH grants that can be applied immediately in practice.
Learning Objectives:
1. Evidence-based assessment methods that aid in differential diagnosis and measuring treatment response;
2. Which symptoms and risk factors are helpful in recognizing bipolar disorder, and which may be “red herrings”;
3. Specific therapeutic materials to treat youth with bipolar disorder
4. Specific therapeutic materials to address family concerns
5. A conceptual model for working within systems-of-care


13:00-14:30 :Dr. Youngstrom (Evidence-based assessment of bipolar disorder in youth)
14:30-14:45 Break

14:45-16:00 :Dr. Fristad (Evidence-based psychotherapy for bipolar disorder i


16:00-16:15 Q&A/Evaluations

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Course 3
Title: Implementing Longitudinal Clinical Assessment Programs in Bipolar Disorder
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Half Day: 13:00 – 16:15
Course OrganizersC. Bowden 
Fee: $150USD ($175 late/onsite)

Course Description:

We think that ISBD can lead in developing a multi-level program on longitudinal conduct and recording of clinical assessments in bipolar disorder.  Starting with dimensional assessments of key symptoms, incorporating lessons on healthy habits, and instructing about life course effectiveness of interventions are central in this effort.  This approach will be largely horizontal, with prevention and collaboration dominating over hierarchy.  Assessment must go well beyond the diagnostic elements in DSM, including additional symptoms that are harbingers of well-being or relapse, e.g., anxiety, mood instability.   Most medication regimens need to be combinations to take advantage of complementary mechanisms and better tolerability of lower dosages. 

Assessments in bipolar disorders devolve from the goals of living well with a generally lifelong condition.   Accordingly, attention to functional status is more important than stamping out all symptoms, or total mood stabilization.  One step toward this is routine assessments that establish time spent in primary clinical states of remission, subsyndromal or syndromal states.   Medications are means to serve functional ends, not ends in themselves.  Equivalent attention and time needs to be devoted to illness associated activities, including sleep, exercise, structured daily activities and secondary metabolic syndrome symptoms .  This assessment program sketched here will yield a medical record that differs substantially from most current approaches to data entry, which incorporate what is wrong, but omit what is right. This workshop will serve as the foundation for an ISBD Task Force on Clinical Assessment.  Speakers have conducted innovative work on the components of clinical services in the 21st century.  Come and be a part of these reachable goals.



C. Bowden, (USA)University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


V.Singh(USA) University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

14:30-14:45 BREAK


S.Parikh (Canada)


S.McElroy, (USA)Lindner Center of HOPE, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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