Depression Center Conference 2019: Is There a Better Way? Explorations in Mental Health Treatment - November 7- 8, 2019

The aim of this conference is to expand participant’s knowledge and skills in the treatment of mood and personality disorders. With a focus on some of the most promising developments in biological psychiatry and psychotherapy, participants will learn about advanced methods for challenging clinical problems.
When Nov 07, 2019 05:30 PM to
Nov 08, 2019 04:30 PM
Where Thursday, November 7, 2019 - Second Presbyterian Church; Friday, November 8, 2019 - Muhammad Ali Center
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-588-4886
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Thursday, November 7, 2019 – Public Presentation
Second Presbyterian Church (Fellowship Hall)
3701 Old Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY  40207
6-7 p.m. (free and open to the public)

Friday, November 8, 2019 – Professionals Conference
Muhammad Ali Center
144 North Sixth Street
Louisville, KY  40202
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 7:45 a.m.)
Parking information for Ali Center:
Muhammad Ali Center Garage, 140 North Sixth Street
Maximum charge, all-day parking, $10 (4+ hrs, $10)
Entrances: Sixth Street, Clearance, 7’0”

Riverfront Garage, 141 North Sixth Street
Maximum charge, all-day parking, $20 (8-12 hrs, $16)
Entrances: Sixth Street side, Levels 1 and 2; 4th Street side, Levels 1 and 3 (next to Galt House)
Clearance, 6’8”


Public Presentation – November 7, 2019(No CME/CEU Credits)
Louisville, Kentucky

5:30-6:00 PM
Registration (Free and Open to the Public)

6:00-6:45 PM
“Improve Your Communication Skills”

Linda Carter Sobell, Ph.D.          

Learning Objectives
1. Discover an effective way of communicating with others.
2. Discover how to talk with others to increase being heard.
3. Discover how to avoid communication breakdowns.

6:45-7:00 PM         
Questions and Answers

Professional Conference – November 8, 2019
(Continuing Education Credits Offered)
Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, Kentucky

 Learning Objectives
1. Identify motivational interviewing techniques that can be used to influence patients’ receptiveness to consider changing.
2. Use a decisional balance exercise and readiness ruler to help patients consider changing without evoking resistance.
3. Identify the kinds of life situations that escalate ordinary low mood into clinical depression.
4. Describe pharmacotherapy and new developments for medical treatment of binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa.
5. Recognize medication options for the treatment of obesity, psychiatric-drug induced weight gain, and binge eating.
6. Identify methods for understanding the meaning of dreams reported in therapy sessions, along with guidelines on how to use them to aid therapeutic goals.
7. Identify computer-assisted therapy methods and mobile apps for use in clinical practice.
8. Describe strategies that address areas of concern involving family/interpersonal dynamics for suicidal patients.

Morning Session:
7:45-8:20 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

 8:20-8:30 AM                  
Welcome, Jesse H. Wright, M.D., Ph.D. 

8:30-9:20 AM                 
Why does depression exist at all? Evolution and the origins of mood”
Randolph M. Nesse, M.D.

9:20-9:45 AM                  

9:45-10:35 AM                
“Pharmacotherapy of binge eating”
Susan L. McElroy, M.D.

10:35-11:35 AM             
“Using Motivational Interviewing to help patients explore and resolve ambivalence to change”
Linda Carter Sobell, Ph.D.

11:35 AM–Noon       
Panel Discussion
Drs. Clark, Frye, McCray, and Wright

Noon-1:00 PM                       

Afternoon Session:
1:00 -2:30 PM                 
Workshop I (See Schedule below; Participants choose one workshop for each time slot [1-2:30 PM and 2:50-4:20 PM])

2:30-2:50 PM                  

2:50-4:20 PM                  
Workshop II

4:20-4:30 PM                  
Course Evaluation

4:30 PM                             
Conference Adjourns

1:00-2:30 PM
1. “Pharmacotherapy of obesity in individuals with psychiatric disorders”

Susan L. McElroy, M.D

2. “Motivational Interviewing: An empathic, nonjudgmental style of communicating with patients”
Linda Carter Sobell, Ph.D.

3. “How to work with dream material in psychotherapy settings: 7 principles and 9 dream characteristics”
Erik Goodwyn, M.D.

2:50-4:20 PM
1. “How an evolutionary understanding of emotions can improve depression treatment”
Randolph M. Nesse, M.D.

2. “Computer-assisted psychotherapy and mobile apps: Using technology in treatment of depression”
Jesse H. Wright, M.D., Ph.D.

3. “Addressing family dynamics to support patients following a recent suicide crisis”
Stephen S. O’Connor, Ph.D.and Laura Frey, Ph.D.

Target Audience
Psychiatrists, residents, psychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners, primary care physicians, other mental health clinicians.

Course Director
 Jesse H. Wright, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor and Kolb Endowed Chair in Outpatient Psychiatry
University of Louisville Depression Center
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

Keynote Speakers
 Susan L. McElroy, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
Chief Research Officer, Lindner Center of HOPE
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH

 Randolph M. Nesse, M.D.
Professor and Director
Arizona State University Center for Evolution and Medicine
Tempe, AZ

 Linda Carter Sobell, Ph.D.
President’s Distinguished Professor, Co-Director
Healthy Lifestyles Guided Self-Change Program
College of Psychology
Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Additional Faculty
Laura Frey, PhD, LMFT
Assistant Professor
Couple and Family Therapy
Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

Erik Goodwyn, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, KY

Stephen S. O’Connor, PhD
Assistant Professor, Associate Director
UofL Depression Center
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, KY

Continuing Education Credit
Physician Credit
- The University of Louisville Continuing Medical Education office designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse - This program has been approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing for 7.5 continuing education credits through University of Louisville Hospital, provider number 4-0068-7-20-1133. The Kentucky Board of Nursing approval of an individual nursing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content. Completion criteria to obtain CE's: Attend entire session and complete the evaluation.

Psychology - Credit has been applied for with the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology. Determination of credit is pending.

Social Work
- Credit has been applied for with the Kentucky Board of Social Work. Determination of credit is pending.

Marriage and Family Therapists - Credit has been applied for with the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT). Determination of credit is pending.

The University of Louisville School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Special Services

All individuals are encouraged to participate. To request disability arrangements, please contact Carol Wahl at least 14 days prior to the date of this program. Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof.


CLICK HERE for a copy of the course brochure (Under Construction)

Registration Fees

1. UofL Physician/Faculty/Nurse  $0
2. UofL Student/Resident/Fellow  $0
3. All Others                                    $125

Note: 10 scholarships have been made available for each co-sponsor. Please contact Carol Wahl to determine your eligibility.

Advance registration is now closed. You may still attend the event by registering as a walk-in at the welcome desk the day of the program.

Map and Venue Directions
To view a map to the Second Presbyterian Church (Fellowship Hall), 3701 Old Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY 40207 and receive directions CLICK HERE

To view a map to the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 North Sixth Street, Louisville, KY 40202 CLICK HERE

Refund Policy
Requests for cancellation must be submitted to on or before Friday, October 25, 2019. Requests received on or before Friday, October 25, 2019 will receive a full refund less a $25 processing fee. No refund will be given for requests received after Friday, October 25, 2019.


We thank our supporting and exhibiting companies for their participation in the "Depression Center Conference 2019: Is There a Better Way? Explorations in Mental Health Treatment" conference!

A final listing of supporters and exhibitors will be available at the meeting.