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Digital Seminar

Clinical Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Brian Quinn, LCSW, PhD
6 Hours 01 Minutes
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May 29, 2020
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When therapy and medications fail, and clients remain mired in depression, irritability, anxiety, and distractibility, it can leave you feeling frustrated, ineffective and wishing you could help them find the relief they deserve.

But many of these clients may not simply be depressed. Up to 80% of them may have unrecognized bipolar disorder. And when bipolar clients are misdiagnosed and inappropriately treated with antidepressants, effective psychotherapy often proves to be difficult if not impossible.

This training will provide you with exactly what you need to confidently distinguish clients with bipolar disorder from those with other conditions, so you can bring greater healing to some of your most difficult to treat patients!

Purchase this recording and get….

  • A practical four-part clinical diagnostic method to distinguish bipolar disorder from borderline personality, major depressive disorder, adult ADHD, or substance abuse issues
  • Tools to recognize bipolar clients at the greatest risk of completing suicide
  • A complete understanding of what medications should form the foundation of bipolar treatment
  • Highly-effective, non-drug treatments for depression, mania, and rapid-cycling

Make sure you’re not overlooking clients with bipolar disorder, and help clients who’ve suffered for months or years finally get better. Sign up today!


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Brian Quinn, LCSW, PhD, is a clinical social worker in private practice in Huntingdon, NY who specializes in working with individuals suffering from mood disorders and substance abuse in the Long Island area. He is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Quinn is the author of Wiley Concise Guides to Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder and The Depression Sourcebook , 2nd edition. He has given seminars on depression and bipolar disorder at hospitals, graduate schools of social work, state societies for clinical social work, and to hundreds of clinicians across the United States. He has appeared on national and local TV to discuss bipolar disorder and has been a guest on scores of radio talk shows across the country. Dr. Quinn earned his master’s degree in social work at the University of Chicago and his PhD in clinical social work at New York University. He has a post-graduate certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.


Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Dr. Brian Quinn maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He is a published author and receives royalties. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Brian Quinn has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Distinguish the seven crucial symptoms of mania and hypomania to inform clinical treatment interventions.
  2. Formulate an assessment including symptoms, course of illness, temperament, family history, and medication reaction in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
  3. Determine the four elements of clinical evidence that must be assessed to distinguish bipolar depression from borderline personality, substance abuse and adult ADHD in clients.
  4. Analyze four red flag predictors of suicide completion, how to prevent suicide, and how to protect yourself from legal liability.
  5. Evaluate why antidepressants are the wrong treatment for bipolar depression and identify four effective mood stabilizers as related to clinical treatment.
  6. Appraise non-pharmaceutical interventions for depression, mania, and rapid cycling to improve client level of functioning.


Assessment, Recognition and Differential Diagnosis

Depression: Unipolar vs. Bipolar and Why It Matters

  • Why it’s essential to identify depressive mixed states
  • 7 crucial symptoms of mania/hypomania to evaluate
  • Evaluation beyond symptoms is critical to diagnosis and treatment
  • Bipolar spectrum and mood temperaments
  • Case studies:
    • Misdiagnosed depression
    • A teen on Zoloft who committed suicide
    • Hyperthymic temperament: A little craziness and a lot of success
Differential Diagnosis to Distinguish Bipolar Disorder from Substance Abuse, Borderline Personality, and Adult ADHD
  • Why every clinician needs to know a thing or two about substance abuse
  • Is my patient alcoholic? Don’t ask these two questions to find out!
  • Key questions to detect covert substance abuse
  • 4-part clinical diagnostic method
  • Avoid misdiagnosis: How to distinguish bipolar from borderline personality disorder
  • A key symptom difference between adult ADHD and bipolar

Clinical Treatment Interventions

Evidence-Based Psychotherapy for Bipolar

  • Help clients accept a bipolar diagnosis
  • Address key issues in treatment
  • Integrate core concepts into daily practice
  • Psychodynamics of euphoric and irritable hypomania
  • Treat bipolar disorder, not individual symptoms
  • Case study: creativity, comedy and madness
Your Worst Fear: Identify and Manage Acute Suicide Risk
  • 4 red flags that predict suicide completion
  • Assess suicide risk factors
  • Risk management: Practical strategies to protect your client and yourself
  • The only medication to dramatically reduce suicide risk – not an antidepressant!
Medications: What a Non-Prescriber Needs to Know
  • Fears and misconceptions
  • Antidepressants don’t work for bipolar depression
  • Benefits and risks of:
    • Mood stabilizers (Lithium, Depakote, Tegretol, and more)
    • Atypical antipsychotics (Lamictal, Risperidone, Abilify, and more)
  • The future of medication for bipolar disorder – research and new classes of drugs
Additional Clinical Considerations
  • Bipolar depression and suboptimal thyroid functioning
  • Unrecognized medical illness
  • Highly effective non-pharmacological treatments
    • Circadian rhythm interventions
    • Nutritional interventions

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Case Managers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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