This content is relevant to physicians, advanced practice professionals, and pharmacists with the aim to strengthen and expand the knowledge base of primary psychiatric skills for palliative practitioners from a variety of backgrounds, career stages, disciplines, and settings of care.
Thursday, November 2
4 - 6:30pm
Friday, November 3
6:30 - 7:45am
7:45 - 8am
Course Desired Outcomes
Alex Gamble, MD, Course Director
- Describe differences between grief, persistent complex bereavement disorder, demoralization, adjustment disorder with depressive features, and major depressive disorder in order to choose effective treatment options.
- Formulate appropriate pharmacologic treatment plans for mental disorders commonly co-occurring in patients in hospice and palliative care based on current understandings of key neurotransmitters in the generation and treatment of these disorders as well as best practices for agent selection and consideration for adverse effects.
- Compare and contrast the psychotherapeutic interventions in hospice and palliative care.
- Decipher how common communication techniques in palliative care can be viewed through a psychodynamic framework.
8 - 9:15am
Christie Kahlon, PharmD MBA BCPP BCGP
- Recognize the role of key neurotransmitters in mediating mental disorders commonly co-occurring in patients in palliative and hospice care settings.
- Evaluate best practices for psychotropic agent selection among commonly encountered mental health diagnoses in hospice and palliative care contexts.
- Propose a systematic process to deprescribing for patients receiving palliative and hospice services.
9:15 - 10:30am
Anxiety/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
David Buxton, MD FAPAD FAACAP FAAHPM
- Describe criteria for common anxiety diagnoses in palliative care patients.
- Identify potential triggers in serious illness treatment that can initiate or exacerbate anxiety symptoms.
- Evaluate unique treatment options to treat anxiety in palliative care patients for practice application.
10:30 - 10:45am
10:45am - 12pm
Mood and Grief
Allison Jordan, MD CCMS FAAHPM
- Compare and contrast the differences between grief, persistent complex bereavement disorder, and demoralization.
- Identify the differences between adjustment disorder with depressive features, major depressive disorder, and depression due to a general medical condition.
- Design effective treatment plans for these commonly-occurring clinical entities including use of both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic modalities.
12 - 1:30pm
Lunch on your own
1:30 - 2:45pm
Behavioral Disturbance in Dementia/Intellectual Disabilities
Paul Riordan, MD
- Describe common neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with dementia with behavioral disturbance.
- Compare and contrast risks and benefits of psychotropics that have evidence for the treatment of severe agitation and aggression associated with dementia.
- Assess typical behavioral disturbances and determine whether psychotropic medication is indicated.
2:45 - 3pm
3 - 4:15pm
Alex Gamble, MD
- Describe common challenges in diagnosing mental disorders in the palliative and hospice care settings.
- Evaluate evidence for differing approaches to the diagnosis of depression in the medically ill.
- Identify effective clinical tools and approaches for addressing diagnostic challenges related to depression and delirium.
4:15 - 5pm
Course Reflection for Future Practice Application
Open forum attendee/faculty engagement with Q&A
*Schedule subject to change