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Psychiatry in the Mountains

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About the Conference: A one day conference for physicians, nurses, psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals on the diagnosis and treatment of autism and anxiety disorders in adults and children.

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Recognition of the diagnosis and treatment of autism is an issue receiving much attention in the field of healthcare. Many insurance providers still do not provide coverage for its treatment. In April of this year a number of states passed legislation affecting the treatment options for autism. The rate of autism in the United States has risen over 50% in the last four years. Many providers have concerns about how to recognize, diagnose and treat autism. There is a lack of relevant research statistics regarding the treatment of autism in TN and VA; however, there is an obvious increase in its prevalence in both states throughout the past decade. This conference will shed new light on how to deal with all aspects of the disorder, from the initial diagnosis and treatment, to the social issues that arise during treatment.

The spectrum of anxiety disorders includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder as well as others. Anxiety disorder is the most common mental illness in the United States and affects adults and children. There is increased concern in the region about the number of veterans from all periods of combat being diagnosed with and treated for PTSD. The conference will address the need for the above as well as cover treatment of anxiety in children and the pharmacological aspects of anxiety disorder treatment.

Target Audience: Physicians (Psychiatrists, Family Physicians, Pediatricians, and Internal Medicine), Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Physician Assistants, Psychologists, Therapists, School Counselors, Medical Residents and Students, and others with an interest in the topic

To Register: Click here to register online, or call us at (423) 439-8027.

Date and Time: October 21, 2011: 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM

Location: Millennium Centre, 2001 Millennium Place, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423) 232-2001

  • Before October 7: Physicians $175; All other providers $140
  • October 7 and after: Physicians $200; All other providers $165
  • Group rates available. Call (423) 439-8027
  • ETSU Residents & Medical Students: No Charge - However, space is limited so pre-registration is required"

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize autism spectrum disorders.
  • Describe current theories on etiology of autism.
  • Develop understanding of educational interventions for children with autism.
  • Identify treatments for autism.
  • Diagnose anxiety disorders.
  • Develop strategies for psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic treatment of anxiety disorders.
  • Describe autism spectrum disorders, possible causes and differential diagnosis
  • Describe speech and language characteristics of young children and ASD, identifying intervention approaches
  • List service available to families and children with ASD
  • Summarize research findings regarding autism interventions
  • Describe the etiology, presenting symptoms, therapeutic task for PTSD
  • Using practice guidelines, develop a pharmacotherapy plan, including dosing and duration of therapy and nonpharmacologic treatments for a patient with anxiety disorders

Activity Director: Merry Miller, M.D., Professor & Chair, ETSU Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


  AACME Accreditation: Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, is   accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

CME Credit: Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM . Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit: 7.0 Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours. East Tennessee State University College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

ACPE Credit: The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Successful completion of this knowledge-based program will provide a statement for (7.0) live contact hours credit (0.7 CEUs) and will be mailed within 3 weeks following the program. Successful completion includes attending the session, signing the attendance sheet, and completion of the program evaluation form. ACPE Program Number: 0064-9999-11-041-L01-P

AAFP Credit: This live activity, Psychiatry in the Mountains: Autism & Anxiety Disorder Spectrums, with a beginning date of October 21, 2011, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 7.0 prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  APA Credit: Frontier Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Frontier Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Frontier Health is also an approved educational provider for NAADC #683. Seven hours of credit is available. Full attendance is required to receive credit; variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the APA guidelines.

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