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McLean’s conference series continues to grow, holding five major conclaves in 2014 with more planned for 2015.
Subjects of conferences in 2014 included addictions; psychiatry; depression, anxiety and stress; and attachment. In 2015, conference subjects will include these four as well as ones on borderline personality disorder and other topics. These are in addition to the annual Coaching in Leadership and Health Care Conference it runs in conjunction with the Institute of Coaching and Harvard Medical School (HMS).
“The mission is to improve and enhance patient care throughout the country and the world by bringing the expertise of McLean to clinicians from around the world,” said Christopher Palmer, MD, director of McLean’s Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education, which runs the conference series along with HMS.
The idea is to bring together leading authorities in their fields to bring participants the latest updates and state-of-the-art practices in diagnosing and treating the various disorders. Sessions feature lectures, panel discussions and smaller, interactive breakout sessions.
“Another benefit of offering continuing education conferences is that they enhance McLean’s reputation and inform people of the clinical services we offer and of the ways that we can help with difficult-to-treat patients,” said Palmer.
Conferences are generally held in Boston-area hotels, run for two to three days and attract mental health professionals of all stripes, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors and others, all looking to improve their knowledge base and skills.
In addition to the local conferences, which draw participants from all around the world, the department is looking into holding a conference next year in Abu Dhabi on the subject of depression, anxiety, and addiction as well as one in Los Angeles on bipolar disorder, addiction, and borderline personality disorder.
Last year, the department also took part in a conference in China in conjunction with the Chinese Society of Psychiatry, sending two staff psychiatrists there to speak on varied topics including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and psychopharmacology.
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