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OCTOBER 18-20, 2018 All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the critically acclaimed best seller, Successful Psychopharmacology: Evidence-Based Treatment Solutions for Achieveing Remission by Stephen V. Sobel, MD



Join us in Las Vegas for the 2018 Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology for Primary Care conference. Conference Co-Chairs

Program Manager

Stephen V. Sobel, MD Alan P. Agins, PhD

Sylvia Ortega-Jones Contemporary Forums


By attending this conference, you will learn pearls, pearls, and more pearls about what you need to know now about how to: uu Explain the 7 keys of successful psychopharmacology. uu Evaluate how to successfully end suicidal thinking. uu Identify the essential psychopharmacology of antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anxiolytics, antipsychotics and more. uu Discuss cutting edge treatments for depression, anxiety, PTSD, panic, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, insomnia, and psychosis. uu Develop strategies to deal with the physical and psychological aspects of eating disorders. uu Recognize the key symptoms and treatments of ADD and ADHD. uu Use cognitive behavioral therapy modified for primary care appointments.


uu Listen to nationally-renowned speakers, Alan P. Agins, PhD, the “teaching” pharmacologist, and Stephen V. Sobel, MD, an award-winning, full-time practicing psychiatrist treating patients on the front line. uu Receive a complimentary copy of the critically acclaimed best seller, Successful Psychopharmacology: Evidence-Based Treatment Solutions for Achieving Remission by Stephen V. Sobel, MD. uu Engage with highly knowledgeable experts who “walk the talk” and enthusiastically invite interaction and discussion to enhance your learning experience. Interesting cases and clinical challenges will offer insight into possible approaches and fresh perspectives. uu Advance your knowledge through a variety of learning formats, including didactic lectures, interactive sessions, faculty Q&A, and lively case study discussions. uu A chance to engage your colleagues by networking and socializing throughout your conference stay.


We invite all primary care providers including: uu Physicians

uu Marriage and Family Therapists

uu Psychiatrists

uu Clinical Psychotherapists

uu Nurse Practitioners

uu Nurses

uu Physician Assistants

uu Social Workers

uu Psychologists


LIVE CONFERENCE: Attend the 2018 Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology for Primary Care conference while enjoying all that Las Vegas has to offer! Register now to attend this outstanding educational program LIVE!

ON DEMAND: Earn your CEs anytime, anywhere and on any device! Special value offers available for 10, 25 or 40 CE hours! CLICK HERE to get started and see the full list of specialty content.



CONFERENCE FACULTY Key Faculty Stephen V. Sobel, MD - Conference Chair

Clinical Instructor, University of California San Diego School of Medicine Author of, Successful Psychopharmacology: Evidence-Based Treatment Solutions for Achieving Remission Private Practice of Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry Carlsbad, California

Stephen V. Sobel, M.D. graduated with Honors from Duke University and Vanderbilt University Medical School, and completed an Internship in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University prior to moving to San Diego, where he completed a Residency in Psychiatry at UC San Diego. Dr. Sobel is in the private practice of Psychiatry in Carlsbad, CA with special interests in the treatment of Depression, Mania, Anxiety Disorders, Self-Esteem Issues, OCD, PTSD, Eating Disorders, and ADD/ADHD. Dr. Sobel also has an interest in Sports Psychiatry. He has been asked to serve as a Consulting Psychiatrist for the NFL, the San Diego Chargers, Major League Baseball, the San Diego Padres, and the American Hockey League San Diego Gulls. Dr. Sobel is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Supervising Psychiatrist for the award winning UCSD Free Clinic for the Homeless. Due to his expertise and experience, Dr. Sobel is asked to teach across the United States, Canada, and Europe and has lectured to tens of thousands of physicians and therapists about the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Psychopharmacology, Behavioral Medicine, and Suicide. Dr. Sobel has been honored by the United States Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress as Teacher of the Year, the only clinician ever so honored. He is the author of the highly acclaimed, Successful Psychopharmacology: Evidence-Based Treatment Solutions for Achieving Remission. Rave Reviews: “Dr. Sobel’s knowledge and mastery of the subject is excellent! He is clearly an expert in his field and a leader in Medicine with the ability to bring research to clinical level medicine.” “Dr. Sobel is a gifted educator, the best at this conference! I rearranged my whole schedule just to be able to hear him again.” “Dr. Sobel has a remarkable ability to describe neurobiology and the mechanisms of action of medications and he makes it clear how to achieve his stated goal of remission for mental health disorders. With straightforward, un-common sense and evident compassion for his patients, he provides templates for using medications so those who prescribe can find their way through the maze of choices to serve the patient most effectively.”

Alan P. Agins, PhD - Conference Co-Chair President: PRN Associates, Ltd. Continuing Healthcare Education Tucson, Arizona

Dr. Alan P. Agins received a Masters in Pharmacology & Toxicology and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. He has held faculty appointments at Brown University Medical School, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy and University of Virginia School of Nursing. During his tenure at Brown, Dr. Agins was the recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for five consecutive years. Over the past twenty-four years, Dr. Agins has lectured nationally on all topics of pharmacology to more than 90,000 advanced practice clinicians and allied healthcare professionals. He has authored three books, co-authored textbook chapters and has served as primary reviewer for various journals, CE monographs, textbooks and newsletters, and has presented more than 350 live CE webinars to pharmacists for AMN Healthcare over the past 11 years. The “take-home-message” that Dr. Agins attempts to instill is to adopt a profound respect for, but also cautious attitude about drugs - what they can do…and what their limitations are. After many years “on the road” and every conceivable pharmacology question from his audiences, Dr. Agins maintains a great sense of humor and wit, as well as a unique talent for breathing life into dry or difficult subject matter. His goal is to make this course memorable, informative and enjoyable for everyone who attends. Rave Reviews: “Amazingly knowledgeable and up to date information! Dr. Alan Agins was very informative and entertaining! He made it fun to learn!” Kevin Harriger, APRN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC Gering, Nebraska “Excellent faculty. Great combination of clinical knowledge paired with pharmacology. Presented in a very understandable format. What a great conference delivered by excellent speakers. I may not practice each subject we learned every day, but it was a great refresher course. Looking forward to attending the other days I missed in the future.” Maritess Morales, FNP-c, Berkeley, Ca. “I have been in practice for over 20 years. I have attended many sessions on pharmacology for advanced practice clinicians in the past. Dr. Agins is terrific. Excellent conference!” Dr. Corranda Kosciolek, MSN, FNP-BC, DHA Temecula, CA

REGISTER REGISTER NOW NOW ACCREDITATION In support of improving patient care, Contemporary Forums is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive up to 16 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change. MAIN CONFERENCE NURSES and NURSE PRACTITIONERS 1


16 ANCC/ 19.2 CA BRN contact hours This course provides a maximum 12.5 pharmacotherapeutic hours toward the required 25 hours needed for ANCC recertification.


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Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516. (CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes) 2 The Continuing Education Committee of the American College of Nurse-Midwives grants reciprocity status to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for Category 1 offerings, providing the program is relevant to nurse-midwifery. Nurse-Midwives may report up to the listed hours of credit 3 Rx indicates pharmacology content. Because states’ requirements vary, contact your Board of Nursing and certifying agency for the specifics of individual Rx requirements. 4 Contemporary Forums designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 19.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. 5 AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of the listed hours of Category I credit for completing this program. 1

Contemporary Forums is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Contemporary Forums maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 7 This conference has been approved by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Provider #1975-148. 8 You will receive a Certificate of Completion verifying your attendance at this course. Please comply with the guidelines of the appropriate boards, organizations or agencies in registering your credit. 6

Joint accreditation is the leading model of interprofessional collaboration that helps improve healthcare through continuing education for the team by the team. FOR MORE ACCREDITATION INFORMATION, CLICK HERE

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE MAIN CONFERENCE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018 7:30 A.M. Continental Breakfast, Registration and Exhibits 8:30 The 7 Keys to Successful Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology (Rx = .50 hr.) 9:15 The Suicidal Patient: Recognition and Successful Intervention 10:15 Refreshment Break/ Exhibits 10:45 Antidepressants (Rx = 1.00 hr.) 11:45. Understanding Depression: Diagnosis and Biopsychosocial Treatment 12:15 P.M. Lunch on Your Own 1:30 Joy and Happiness: Choosing and Using Antidepressants to Achieve Remission (Rx = 1.00 hr.) 2:30 Issues in Substance Abuse Solutions (Rx = .50 hr.) 3:30 Adjourn/Exhibits

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Rx = Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018 7:30 A.M.. Continental Breakfast, Registration and Exhibits 8:30 Taking the Panic out of Treating Panic: Successful Treatment of Anxiety Disorders: GAD, Panic, PTSD, OCD, SAD (Rx = 1.50 hr.) 10:00 Refreshment Break/ Exhibits 10:30 Getting a Good Night’s Sleep: Solving Insomnia with and without Medications (Rx = .75 hr.) 11:30. Mood Stabilizers (Rx = 1.00 hr.) 12:30 P.M. Lunch on Your Own 1:45 Stop the Rollercoaster, I Want to Get Off: Successful Treatment of Bipolar Disorder (Rx = 1.50 hr.) 3:15 Clinical Consultation: Solving Your Cases (Rx = .25 hr.) 3:45 Adjourn/Exhibits

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018 7:30 A.M. Continental Breakfast, Registration and Exhibits 8:30 Having Your Cake and Eating It Too: Successful Treatment of Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating (Rx = .75 hr.) 9:45 Antipsychotics (Rx = 1.00 hr.) 10:45 Refreshment Break/ Exhibits 11:15 Let’s Get Real: Successful Treatment of Psychosis (Rx = 1.00 hr.) 12:15 P.M. Lunch on Your Own 1:15 Pay Attention: Successful Treatment of ADD/ADHD (Rx = 1.50 hr.) 2:45 Clinical Consultation: Solving Your Cases (Rx = .25 hr.) 3:30 Adjourn Rx = Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority

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uu Method of Tuition Payment: Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Purchase Order. A $30 fee is charged for any returned check. Personal checks are NOT accepted at the conference. Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, contact name, email address and phone number. uu Group Discounts (Mail, fax or call in together. Online registration is not available) Tuition discounts are given to groups of 3 or more registering for the complete Main Conference. Discounts do not apply to the Preconference or New Grads. To qualify for the group discount, all registration information must be complete for all group members, payment included and forms sent together. If faxing, list all group members on cover sheet. Subtract the discount from the tuition fee. Groups may not be formed after individual registrations are received. $25 per person discount for 3 or 4 in a group $45 per person discount for 5 or more in a group uu Partial Attendance (Online registration is not available): To register, call Contemporary Forums for tuition and CE credit for individual days. Group discounts do not apply. uu Cancellation: All cancellations will be assessed a $75 processing fee (“Fee”). Cancellations must be made in writing to prior to Conference start date. Only cancellations received at least 30 days from Conference start date are eligible for refund. Attendees may use non-refunded tuition, less the Fee, towards ONE Contemporary Forums conference occurring within 12 months of original conference. ENTIRE TUITION FORFEITED FOR NO-SHOWS. uu Force Majeure: Should this conference be cancelled for any reason, including but not limited to, acts of God, labor strikes, civil unrest, or acts of terrorism, Contemporary Forums’ liability is strictly limited to full refund of registration fees paid. uu Program Changes: Contemporary Forums reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most current program can be found on our website. uu Questions? Contact Contemporary Forums at (800) 377-7707, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Pacific Time) or email uu ADA Needs and Special Requests: If you require special arrangements at this conference, call (800) 377-7707, at least 30 days prior to the conference.


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The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa 160 East Flamingo Road Las Vegas, NV, 89109 (702) 836-5900

$139 single/double October 18 - October 20, 2018


Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.

All reservations made via the Telephone Call Center will be assessed a fee of $15 per reservation. This fee will NOT apply to reservations made via the internet.

Book by September 20, 2018

PHONE: (866) 837-4215 RESORT FEE: Daily Resort fee of $29 – see Hotel website for what this includes. Attendees will make reservations directly with the Hotel via a direct web link or the telephone call center. Attendees may call the Hotel at 866-837-4215 on or before the cut-off date. Individuals must identify themselves as part of the Contemporary Forums Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology Conference to receive the special Group rate. If reservation is guaranteed to a credit card, the first night’s guestroom and tax charge, per guestroom, will be billed immediately to the cardholder’s account.


Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public. To obtain these special conference fares visit or (800) 426-1122 insert Offer Code ZEFA851558. Ticketing and payment can be done directly by you or through your travel agent. To ensure the best flights and times, since seats are limited, make your reservations early. Fares are guaranteed at the time of the ticket purchase. Hertz is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference as well as one week before and after. For special rates and reservations, call HERTZ at (800) 6542240 or (405) 749-4434, or go online at and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000265.


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Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm, Pacific Time. Before calling, complete all registration information.

Use the Discount Code PSYCHDEP75 at checkout to secure your spot with only $75! Can’t make it in person? This conference is also available Streaming On Demand. *refundable up to 30 days prior to start of conference


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