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Experts in psychiatry and psychology have long believed that our personalities are essentially set from early childhood and remain consistent throughout life. However, new compelling evidence indicates that we can change our personalities - either on our own, with the help of a therapist, or a combination of the two - and meaningful personality change can be achieved as quickly as 30 days. The ability of someone to change their personality can have an impact on their lives. Numerous studies indicate that personality traits influence our relationships, career success, health outcomes, and even life expectancy. This presentation will review scientific evidence and practical strategies on how personality can change and impact outcomes.


This presentation will hone in on the practical overlap between psychiatry and medicine in diagnosis and treatment. The speaker will cover (1) the interview, establishing rapport, and the efficient use of time; (2) major areas of psychiatric dysfunction and how they interact with other aspects of health; (3) differential diagnosis of anxiety, psychosis, depression, mood instability, and cognitive problems; (4) behavioral risk, especially suicide; and (5) pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments.


Many patients seen in primary care settings have experienced gender-based violence, such as intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. National guidelines recommend screening women of reproductive age for intimate partner violence, yet health professionals often find it challenging to identify and then address the healthcare needs of violence survivors. This case-based discussion will describe the prevalence and health consequences of gender-based violence. You will learn best practice strategies for providing trauma-informed care in your own clinical practice.


This talk will cover the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in a primary care setting, incorporating new diagnostic issues as a result of D5M-5.

This presentation will provide an overview of existing trends in addictive disorders with an emphasis on screening, brief interventions and referrals to treatment (SBIRT) practices that every primary care provider should practice. A review of FDA-approved medications and evidence-based psychosocial practices will be presented. Finally, special emphasis will be placed on describing office-based tools that can be used to identify and prevent prescription opiate abuse.


The faculty will discuss the initial evaluation and management of ADHD in children and adolescents. In this lecture, you will learn about the importance of evaluating for comorbid conditions—including anxiety, depression, learning disorders, and oppositional behavior—and how primary care providers can screen for them.


In this talk, participants will receive an overview of the various medications that can be used to treat mental distress. The speaker will review the history of psychopharmacology, beginning with the use of anxiety medications, then hypnotics. A history of antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics will follow, and the speaker will end with a brief discussion of stimulants.

Many families worry about autism, even when their child’s development seems to be on track. Families also wonder about vaccine safety, and hesitate to follow the recommended guidelines for vaccine administration. This interactive large-group session is designed to help primary care providers to understand whether there is an increase in autism, how to recognize autism in a primary care setting, and how to discuss vaccine safety with families.


In this informative session, the speaker will help clinicians build better understandings with their patients and discuss how to make the office a more welcoming environment. Participants will walk away with culturally-informed and -sensitive approaches to counseling and an enhanced comprehension of the unique mental health problems faced by the LGBTQ population.