SCPS Presents
Psychopharmacology Update 29
Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Olympic Collection
11301 Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

8:15 a.m. - Registration, Continental Breakfast, Booth Exhibits
8:55 a.m. - Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. - Update on Cannabis
Joseph M. Pierre, M.D., Acting Chief, Hospital Psychiatry Division, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center; Associate Director of Residency Education, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & West Los Angeles VA Medical Center; Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
In California, cannabis is now legal for both medical and recreational use. Accordingly, an increasing number of patients under clinical care may disclose cannabis use and/or inquire about its risks and benefits for mental health. This talk will review existing evidence on the potential of cannabis and cannabinoids to both help and harm patients with psychiatric disorders. Particular attention will be devoted to how the increasing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) potency of cannabis might be cause for concern.

10:15 a.m. - Break

10:30 a.m. - Basic Neuroscience of Neurotransmitter Neural Networks: Using the Serotonin Network as an Example of How One Neurotransmitter Can Rule Them All
Stephen Stahl, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, UCSD; Honorary Fellow, Cambridge University (UK); Director of Psychopharmacology and Senior Academic Advisor, California Department of State Hospitals; Editor-in-Chief, CNS Spectrums.
Will present the serotonin network, its neuroanatomy and its distribution of circuits and receptors within circuits to show how one neurotransmitter can have amazing regulatory properties all across the brain. This will provide an example of the neuroscience of brain circuits, and functions of receptor subtypes that can apply to each neurotransmitter system.

11:45 a.m. - Lunch Break (on our own)

1:00 p.m. - Ketamine and the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders
Scott Fears, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Health Sciences; Division Chief, Subspecialty Mental Health Clinics - Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration; Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA.
Ketamine, first approved as an anesthetic in 1970 and later adopted by recreational drug users, has emerged over the past decade as a novel treatment for depressive symptoms in major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. This talk will present the clinical evidence supporting ketamine’s use in the treatment of psychiatric disorders with a focus on the short and long term safety profile of the drug. An overview of the emerging understanding of ketamine’s action at the level of receptors and neural circuits will be provided. The talk will conclude with a discussion of how ketamine treatment might be incorporated into standard psychiatric practice.

2:15 p.m. - New Pharmacological and Psychosocial Approaches for Psychosis and Tardive Kyskinesia
Stephen R. Marder, M.D. Daniel X. Freedman Professor of Psychiatry; Vice Chair for Education, Semel Institute for Neuroscience at UCLA; Director, Desert Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center.
This talk will focus on a number of new interventions for psychotic illnesses that have recently become available to clinicians. For pharmacological interventions this will include recently introduced antipsychotic medications, medications for tardive dyskinesia, and long-acting formulations of antipsychotics. Psychosocial interventions will include cognitive interventions for hallucinations and delusions; programs for first episode patients; cognitive remediation; and promising strategies for improving social cognition and negative symptoms.


SCPS Member - $200.00
Non-SCPS Member - $225.00
SCPS Resident* - $30.00
Non-SCPS Resident* - $40.00
Above fees effective until 1/15. After 1/15 and at-door registrations additional $25.

*Must be enrolled in a full-time, degree granting program. Must send photocopy of student I.D. with registration form. NO EXCEPTIONS.

To Register with a check, please print this page and mail payment to: SCPS, 2999 Overland Ave. Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA. 90064

Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to the meeting and will be assessed a $45 administrative processing fee.

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SCPS would like to thank: Michael Gales, M.D. (Program Chair), David Fogelson, M.D., Jacquelyn Green, M.D., Maria Lymberis, M.D., Samuel Miles, M.D., and Heather Silverman, M.D. for planning this event.

5 Hours Category 1 CME will be available for this meeting.

The Southern California Psychiatric Society (SCPS) is accredited by the Institute of Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. SCPS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.
SCPS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

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SCPS Career Day
Sunday, October 22, 2017
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
4760 South Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230

Practice Sectors - 10:00 a.m.
Managed Care/Kaiser Permanente - Galya Rees, M.D.
Private Practice -
Anita Red, M.D.
Academic Psychiatry -
Yvonne Yang, M.D.
Public Psychiatry - Shayan Rab, M.D.
Group Practice - Victoria Huang, M.D.
Clinical Trials - Haig Goenjian, M.D.

Panel Discussion on Practice Sectors

Sub-Specialties - 10:45 a.m.
Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry - Monika Choudry, M.D.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Anita Red, M.D.
Forensic Psychiatry - Marc Cohen, M.D.
Addiction Psychiatry - Matthew Goldenberg, D.O.

Panel Discussion on Sub-Specialties

Employer Exhibits open at 12 Noon - Exhibitors include:
Adelpha Psychiatric Group, Inc.; APA Inc.; California Correctional Healthcare Services; California Department of State Hospitals; Community Psychiatry; Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services; Happier Living by The Genen Group; Southern California Permanente Medical Group - Kaiser Permanente; Los Angeles Department of Mental Health; MHM Services Inc.; Pacific Coast Psychiatric Associates; Professional Risk Management Services; San Bernardino County Behavioral Health; San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center; Sites Professionals; Southern California Health and Rehabilitation Program; Telecare; TMS Health Solutions

Box lunch will be served.
(Lunch and Booth Exhibits until 3:00 p.m.)

SCPS Members - Free
Please RSVP to scps2999@earthlink.net by OCTOBER 16th.

Non-SCPS Members - $15.00

SCPS CALENDAR of EVENTS PAGE - October > December 2017