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Bipolar Disorder: Better Diagnostic and Treatment Strategies for Private Practice


Bipolar Disorder: Better Diagnostic and Treatment Strategies for Private Practice

8am-4pm PresentationLunch will be provided

Eligible for 6.5 Continuing Professional Development credits


For people living with bipolar disorder, it takes an average of ten years from their first mood swing, to the time bipolar disorder is finally discovered and treated. Typically, bipolar people will have suffered through years of substance abuse, broken relationships, or self-destructive acts of all kinds. Misidentifying bipolar disorder can lead to treatment failures, with often tragic results. Don't let this happen to you--or your clients. Attend this seminar and find solutions to this pervasive problem. You will learn how to assess for bipolar against other DSM-5® disorders and build a comprehensive treatment plan that focuses on this chronic mental illness.Once only believed to be the domain of Medic*tion prescribers, now therapists of all disciplines can diagnose and treat bipolar disorder effectively. By using the individual and family interventional techniques from this seminar, along with promoting on-goingeducation and therapeutic care for all involved, you’ll find greater success treatingbipolar in your practice.


1. The genetic and neurobiological etiology of bipolar disorder2. Differential diagnosis algorithms to distinguish bipolar from other mental disorders3. Effective stabilization plans to treat mood swings first4. Specific therapeutic techniques to work-through the denial associated with having a life-long mental illness5. The psychopharmacology of bipolar, and how the wrong meds can trigger bipolar mania while the right ones can improve therapy outcomes6. Common factors of bipolar treatment resistance and self-destructive/high-risk behaviors7. Therapy and educational approaches for the spouses, parents and adult-children of people with bipolar.


Michael Pipich, M.S., LMFT is a psychotherapist and author of Owning Bipolar: How Patients and Families Can Take Control of Bipolar Disorder. Michael has over 30 years of experience in the mental health field, and currently practices at the Colorado Center for Clinical Excellence in Greenwood Village. He has taught graduate-level courses in clinical assessment, psychotherapy, addictions and psychopharmacology, and has an extensive interest and experience in treating bipolar disorder from individual and family modalities that provide many intriguing clinical case studies. Michael has unique perspectives on how to successfully guide people from crisis through stabilization, which features his Three-Phase Approach to Bipolar Therapy.

In addition to providing clinical evaluations and treatment, Michael has testified as an expert in many legal cases. He was selected as a collaborating investigator by the American Psychiatric Association, performing clinical field trials for the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5®). He has also been featured on radio and in print media including KOA Radio and 5280 Magazine. He holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical/Community Psychology from California State University, Fullerton.

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