Need Help Understanding Bipolar Disorder?

The Sutherland Seminar Series is a 12-hour comprehensive, informative audio lecture which helps patients and loved ones learn how to identify, understand and cope with bipolar disorder.

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The Sutherland Seminar Series is an 8-part series that covers in-depth topics related to bipolar disorders

The seminars are primarily designed for adults with a bipolar disorder, their family and friends who want to support and understand them, mental health professionals, and anyone who wants to better comprehend the complications, challenges, and implications of the illness.

The content is easily accessible, in terms and language that anyone can understand. The accompanying materials help to orient the listener with the information that Dr. Brosse is teaching.

The Seminar Series is now considered by psychiatrists as an effective treatment tool for patients and their family members since understanding the illness is critical in managing symptoms and preventing relapse.

“I think what the Sutherland Center does so well is comprehensive education. Psychiatrists can do education during the course of an appointment, but an 8-week Seminar Series – 12 hours – is invaluable for many clients to help them understand their illness and understand how to treat it, to help them come to terms that they have the illness. I barely get 15 minutes to educate a patient in one appointment. And again that’s based on their financial resources. This makes it more accessible to more people, the ones who need the most education, because they have limited resources."

— Psychiatrist in Boulder, CO

Stream or Download the Entire Series

Each option lets you download all handouts that accompany seven of the lessons.

Stream entire series for $79.99
Your one-time donation of $79.99 to the Robert D. Sutherland Memorial Foundation unlocks lifetime access to the 8-Part Sutherland Seminar Series on your computer, tablet or mobile device.
Download entire series for $99.99
Donating at the $99.99 level lets you download all mp3 files so you can put them on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

Or Purchase Each Lesson Individually

PART 1: BIPOLAR DIAGNOSIS (PART 1 OF 2):
A review of the formal criteria for bipolar disorders, including the differences between bipolar I vs. bipolar II. Dr. Brosse discusses how bipolar disorders are diagnosed. (Streaming Audio: 1 hour 22 mins with accompanying handout)
PART 2: BIPOLAR DIAGNOSIS (PART 2 OF 2):
“Soft bipolar disorder” and the “bipolar spectrum.” What disorders commonly co-occur or are confused with bipolar? How does this impact treatment? How are alcohol and recreational drug use related? (Streaming Audio: 1 hour 19 mins with accompanying handout)
PART 3: MOOD CHARTS, REGULAR DAILY ROUTINES, EXERCISE, & NUTRITION
A review of lifestyle choices that may impact current symptoms and risk for relapses, and specific tools to help facilitate behavioral changes. (Streaming Audio: 1 hour 20 mins with accompanying handout)
PART 4: SLEEP!
Good sleep can help to stabilize mood, while poor sleep can be both a trigger and a symptom of mood episodes. Dr. Brosse discusses research-supported strategies for improving sleep. (Streaming Audio: 1 hour 20 mins with accompanying handout)
PART 5: TREATMENT PART I: PSYCHOTHERAPY
What role does psychotherapy play in treating bipolar disorder? What kinds of psychotherapy are there? How do you shop for a therapist? (Streaming Audio: 1 hour 27 mins with accompanying handout)
PART 6: TREATMENT PART II: PHARMACOTHERAPY (MEDICATIONS)
A review of general principles to help you: (1) better understand medications and how to take them, (2) shop for a psychiatrist, and (3) make the most of (often) brief appointments. (Streaming Audio: 1 hour 24 mins with accompanying handout)
PART 7: BIPOLAR DISORDER AND RELATIONSHIPS
What you can do to help a family member with bipolar disorder and/or what you can do to nurture relationships impacted by your bipolar disorder. (Streaming Audio: 1 hour 17 mins. This Seminar does not have a handout.)
PART 8: WELLNESS/RELAPSE PREVENTION PLANS AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Powerful tools for detecting early warning signs of an impending mood episode, short-circuiting the episode, and/or limiting the amount of damage caused by the episode. Strategies and resources for acute crisis management. (Streaming Audio: 1 hour 22 mins with accompanying handout)

“The Sutherland Seminar Series is incredibly informative, and it is invaluable for those who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as their family and friends. Dr. Alisha Brosse’s depth of knowledge and nuanced understanding of bipolar disorder is extraordinary. Every topic in the series is crucial to gaining a thorough grasp of symptoms, treatment, and therapies."

— Seminar Series Participant

Your Donation Helps…

For almost every dollar donated, almost $0.90 goes directly to diagnosing, treating, managing and improving the lives of those with this complex and challenging illness, and assisting and educating their family and their friends. Thanks to you, we’re helping people every day to LIVE BETTER LIVES!

Expert Knowledge from Dr. Alisha Brosse

The speaker, Dr. Alisha Brosse, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of the Sutherland Bipolar Center. With over 15 years of experience treating clients with bipolar disorder, she covers a wide range of subjects that are applicable, practical, and rooted in evidence-based research and proven therapies.

“As someone who was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, the Sutherland Seminar Series goes far beyond the books and Internet research I have done. It provides a multifaceted framework and helpful resources for managing my symptoms. Seeing others who are struggling with the disorder has made me feel less alone in my experience – and it has given me hope that I can learn strategies to become more stable and live a full life."

— Seminar Series Participant

About Sutherland Bipolar Center

The Sutherland Bipolar Center is the only nonprofit clinic in the country that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and education of adults with bipolar disorder regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. Using evidence-based therapies and customized treatment plans, our patients receive comprehensive care, beginning with a thorough evaluation, support for medication management, coaching with our health and wellness mentor, and psychotherapy sessions in individual, family, and/or group settings. Our Center Director supervises graduate students in psychology to learn the specialized care for bipolar disorder through direct experience so when their externship is complete, they have the firsthand skills to provide effective treatment for this complex brain disorder. We have been serving the community since 2002, and have helped over 2,000 people impacted by bipolar.

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