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 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 treatment.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)