Fall Virtual Conference Registration
Saturday, September 25, 2021

Missouri Psychiatric Physicians Association
"Psychiatric Update:
The Focus of Social Determinants
of Mental Health"

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Jointly Provided by the American Psychiatric Association and the Missouri Psychiatric Physicians Association

Deadline for registrations is September 17, 2021


Date and Time

9 – 10 am – “Transforming Disruption Into Opportunity: Reaching New Patient Populations During COVID-19”
Assisted Recovery Centers of America (ARCA) not only kept the doors open during COVID-19, we expanded services to include virtual care throughout the state, treatment at homeless encampments, and creation of a mobile treatment unit at the request of local faith leaders. This presentation will include how interprofessional collaboration and leadership has allowed a quick pivot to innovative, sustainable services during the intersection of the pandemic, the overdose epidemic, and the movement to address racial inequities in healthcare. 
1. Identify disparities in prevention, treatment, and thriving in individuals and families in their communities who have been impacted by substance use disorders in Missouri
2. Describe how telehealth and in-person care can be blended in effective care models
3. Commit to identifying new ways to engage with under-resourced and overlooked individuals and families in their communities who have been impacted by substance use disorders
Speaker: Dr. Fred Rottnek, Family and Community Medicine-Administration, Saint Louis University, Director of Fellowship Program

10 – 10:15 am Break

10:15 – 11:15 am “Mining the Gut-Brain Axis for Therapeutic Clues to Improve Mental Health”
Psychiatric researchers are looking beyond the central nervous system for novel ways that the body’s peripheral cellular and molecular pathways might be harnessed into effective treatments of brain disorders. The concept of a gut-brain axis relevant to psychiatry is gaining traction and is based on the idea that the largest immune organ in the body, the gastrointestinal tract, is an important source of comorbid dysfunction with direct and indirect brain effects. Exposure to pathogens, food antigens and other factors that disrupt the body’s microbiome leads to local and systemic inflammation, autoimmunity, endothelial cell permeability and synaptic miscommunications. Dr. Severance will talk about the origins of the gut-brain axis in psychiatry, the current major findings propelling the field forward and the future of translating this research into clinical applications and treatments.
1. Identify dietary, microbial and immune factors that may trigger disruptions in the gut-brain axis in Agenda psychiatric disorders.
2. Understand the mechanisms by which a dysbiotic microbiome might impact the brain.
3. Synthesize results from clinical studies regarding the efficacy of gut- and inflammation-related therapies as adjunctive psychiatric treatments.
Speaker: Emily Severance, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

11:15 – 12:15 pm “Black Youth Suicide Risk: Current Trends and Clinical Implications”
This presentation will cover trends in suicidal behaviors among Black youth as well as risk and protective factors unique to this population. Presentation will highlight screening, treatment disparities, and strategies that are relevant for provision of culturally appropriate services.
1. Describe prevalence of suicide and suicide-related behaviors among Black youth across age and gender.
2. Explain common risk and protective factors for Black youth.
3. Discuss health disparities, screening, and intervention approaches for treatment of Black youth. Speaker: Rhonda C. Boyd, PhD, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

12:15 – 1:15 pm Luncheon and Poster Award Winner Presentations

1:15 – 2:15 pm “Climate Change and Social Determinants of Mental Health: Mitigating Risks and Increasing Resilience in Vulnerable Populations”
Climate psychiatry: what is it and how does knowing about it affect my practice? Great questions! Slow moving and acute disasters both have great effects on mental health. We will cover these questions with an eye towards both populations and individuals.
1. Recognize the unique elements of mental health impacts of slow-moving disasters including drought, sea-level rise, and air pollution.
2. Expand our awareness of what may be considered acute disasters including but beyond wildfires and droughts, especially when the indigent are disproportionately impacted by disruptions in housing & transportation infrastructure.
3. Recognize the outsized risks of extreme heat on populations with mental illness.
4. Consider actions for clinicians to increase resilience in vulnerable populations in all the above threats of climate change.
Speaker: Benjamin Liu, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland,
OR; Rahul Malhotra, MD, Private Practice, Summit, NJ

2:15 – 2:30 pm Break

2:30 – 3:30 pm “Threat Assessment and Duty to Warn”
This presentation will review the risk factors for violence and discuss how to do a thorough threat assessment in clinical practice. We will also review the recent duty to warn case law and its impact on clinical practice.
1. Review the risk factors for violence
2. Learn to do a thorough threat assessment in clinical practice
3. Review duty to warn case law
4. Understand the duty to warn legal requirements in clinical practice
Speaker: William Newman, MD, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Director, Saint Louis University Medical School, Past President of American Academy of Psychiatry and Law

3:30 – 4:30 pm “Long Term Psychiatric Sequelae of COVID”
Several long-term mental health effects have been identified in individuals who have recovered from COVID-19. The role of the virus and the immune response it elicits are being researched as possible reasons for the neurological, psychiatric and cognitive problems. The effect of social isolation due to COVID is also contributory to some of the mental health issues. In this presentation, Dr. Stanislaus will review the literature on the prevalence of psychiatric sequelae due to COVID and the underlying pathophysiological processes.
1. Review SARS-CoV-2 and its mechanism of action
2. Develop an understanding of the pathophysiology and effects of COVID-19 on the brain
3. Learn to identify the neurocognitive disorders and psychiatric disorders post-COVID
4. Understand the role of social isolation in mental health due to COVID
Speaker: Angeline Stanislaus, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Missouri Department of Mental Health

Virtual Conference Information

Virtual attendees will be sent a confirmation email within a week before the conference. The seminar will start at 9:00 am, be sure to check the program agenda for ending times, lunch break, etc. For security reasons you will need to have a Zoom account before you can register in the Zoom webinar interface. Links for the conference will be sent to you ahead of time. Handouts for the conference will also be sent ahead of time to the email provided on the registration page. All sessions, with exception of the last, will be pre recorded sessions. The last session will be live streamed with a Q&A section at the end. Please note that you cannot get credit for the webinar if you log in with a listen only phone. Use the links sent to ensure you receive a video link and an audio link. However any links to the webinar using internet on your smartphone, tablet or computer will be logged and tabulated and used to generate the number of CEU’s that will appear on your certificate. Be sure that you have a minimum download speed in the 7-10 Mbps range. MPPA is not responsible for your inability to connect and attend if your device or Internet connection are inadequate. If you have issues with Zoom during the webinar, enter your questions in the Q&A resource as well. We will do our best to fix things and/or respond to you. But our help will be limited.

Accreditation Statement

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Missouri Psychiatric Association. The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(TM). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement for CEU Credit: Non-physician attendees who seek Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should consult the appropriate Rules & Regulations/Statutes and/or professional registration board governing their profession in the state in which they practice and hold license.

Completing the Evaluation, Claiming Credit, and Receiving a Certificate: At the conclusion of the conference through December 2021, physician participants will be provided with an opportunity to evaluate the conference and receive a CME credit certificate by completing an online evaluation accessed through the American Psychiatric Association Learning Center at Non-physician participants will have the opportunity to receive a certificate of attendance.

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Jefferson City, MO 65101
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