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Sutherland Seminar Series

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Monday, February 25, 2019
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Longmont Church of Christ, 1351 Collyer St., Longmont CO 80501

The Sutherland Seminar Series is an eight-part series that covers in-depth topics related to bipolar disorders. Geared toward adults with a bipolar disorder, family and friends, mental health professionals, and anyone wanting to comprehend the challenges and complications of bipolar disorders, seminars are applicable, rooted in evidence-based research, and cover a wide range of subjects. The speaker is Dr. Alisha Brosse, the Director of the Sutherland Bipolar Center at CU and a licensed clinical psychologist with 15 years of experience treating bipolar disorders. Seminars are free, drop-in, and stand alone (weekly attendance and pre-registration not required). $10 suggested for donations. Mondays 6:30pm – 8pm in the Fellowship Hall at the Longmont Church of Christ, 1351 Collyer Street Longmont, CO 80501 Jan. 28 - March 18, 2019.

Diagnosis Part I: Bipolar Disorders
Monday, Jan. 28, 6:30 - 8pm
Fellowship Hall at the Longmont Church of Christ, 1351 Collyer Street Longmont, CO 80501
A review of the formal criteria for bipolar disorders, including the differences between bipolar I vs. bipolar II. We also will discuss how bipolar disorders are diagnosed.

Diagnosis Part II: Bipolar Disorders (continued)
Monday, Feb. 4, 6:30 - 8pm
Fellowship Hall at the Longmont Church of Christ, 1351 Collyer Street Longmont, CO 80501
“Close Cousins” and Substance Use. "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?

Mood Charts, Regular Daily Routines, Exercise, & Nutrition
Monday, Feb. 11, 6:30 - 8pm
Fellowship Hall at the Longmont Church of Christ, 1351 Collyer Street Longmont, CO 80501
A review of lifestyle choices that may impact current symptoms and risk for relapses, and specific tools to help facilitate behavioral changes.

Sleep!
Monday, Feb. 18, 6:30 - 8pm
Fellowship Hall at the Longmont Church of Christ, 1351 Collyer Street Longmont, CO 80501
Good sleep can help to stabilize mood, while poor sleep can be both a trigger and a symptom of mood episodes. We will discuss research-supported strategies for improving sleep.

Treatment: Psychotherapy
Monday, Feb. 25, 6:30 - 8pm
Fellowship Hall at the Longmont Church of Christ, 1351 Collyer Street Longmont, CO 80501
What role does psychotherapy play in treating bipolar disorder? What kinds of psychotherapy are there? How do you shop for a therapist?

Treatment: Pharmacotherapy (Medications)
Monday, March 4, 6:30 - 8pm
Fellowship Hall at the Longmont Church of Christ, 1351 Collyer Street Longmont, CO 80501
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.

Bipolar Disorder and Relationships
Monday, March 11, 6:30 - 8pm
Fellowship Hall at the Longmont Church of Christ, 1351 Collyer Street Longmont, CO 80501
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. 

Wellness/Relapse Prevention Plans and Crisis Management
Monday, March 18, 6:30 - 8pm
Fellowship Hall at the Longmont Church of Christ, 1351 Collyer Street Longmont, CO 80501
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.