Family-Focused Therapy for Bipolar Disorders with Dr. Aimee Sullivan
February 22, 8:30am-5:30pm
Lilly Marks Boardroom (CU Medicine Building, 13199 E. Montview Blvd., Aurora, CO 80045)
This workshop is free of charge; training in Family-Focused Therapy is generously supported by The Caring for Colorado Foundation
To register, e-mail Depression.Center@ucdenver.edu
Bipolar disorder (BD) is a highly recurrent, chronic illness associated with significant impairment in psychosocial functioning and quality of life. Research suggests that effective treatment improves social and vocational/academic functioning, quality of life, and reduces individual suffering for BD patients. Youth with BD, or those at high risk for BD, may particularly benefit from appropriate intervention, as effective treatment will not only reduce current symptoms but also benefit their future development.
Family-focused therapy (FFT) is a psychoeducational treatment for patients with BD focused on alleviation of mood symptoms, relapse prevention and enhanced psychosocial functioning. The protocol consists of three modules: psychoeducation (the family learns about symptoms of bipolar disorder, develops coping skills to address symptoms and stressors, and develops a relapse prevention plan); communication enhancement training (the therapist works to improve maladaptive communication patterns); and problem-solving skills (the therapist teaches specific skills to address problems that create conflict in the home). The FFT treatment protocol includes session-by-session instructions for each of these modules, as well as supplements clinicians can use to address suicidality, anxiety disorders, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, and behavioral problems.
Research indicates that FFT can be used effectively with adults, adolescents, and high-risk youth and their families. Unfortunately, FFT is currently largely unavailable to patients with BD in Colorado. Through a generous grant from The Caring for Colorado Foundation, the Johnson Depression Center is hosting free workshops in FFT to improve clinician access, and ultimately patient access, to this evidence-based treatment.
This day-long workshop will provide attendees with a thorough review of the FFT model, including:
1) Clinical overview: working with bipolar patients
2) Rationale for family treatment
3) Session-by-session instruction of FFT skills and techniques
4) Discussion of adjunct and emerging treatments for bipolar disorder
Attendees will complete the training with an FFT manual, and be prepared to use the protocol in their own practices. Attendees will also have the ability to engage in ongoing case consultation with the presenter, to provide ongoing support in using this model with their patients.
Mental health providers (therapists, nurses, physicians) who currently work with patients with bipolar disorder. This workshop will review use of the FFT protocol with adults and youth (i.e., >9 yrs).