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The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy is proud to be hosting the 26th Annual Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Update, October 2015 in Austin, Texas.  This educational conference is presented by:

UT College of Pharmacy Psychiatric Pharmacy Program
UT Austin College of Pharmacy Continuing Pharmacy Education Office

The University of Texas Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Update celebrates our 26th Anniversary this year. What began as a meeting for the psychiatric pharmacists in Texas has expanded to a multidisciplinary meeting with attendees from across the United States and Canada. We have maintained our focus on evidence-based pharmacotherapy and holistic care of patients psychiatric disorders. I believe that our ongoing success reflects that we are meeting the needs and exceeding the expectations of our attendees.

- Stephen R. Saklad, Pharm.D., BCPP, Conference Chair, Director of Psychiatric Pharmacy Program, The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy

The Annual Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Update supports the interdisciplinary approach to mental healthcare by inviting multiple disciplines to participate in a shared learning experience:

• Pharmacists • Psychiatrists • Physicians • Nurses • Psychologists • Social Workers •

This interdisciplinary, shared learning format facilitates an appreciation amongst the attendees for all of the contributions that must be made for a mental health treatment plan to be successful.  Whether attending as an individual or with a team of colleagues from your practice site, all invited disciplines can expect to take away evidence-based information that will help improve outcomes for patients with psychiatric disorders.  

Quick Facts

 Dates  October 2015 • Dates TBA
 Location  TBA
 Start Time  Programming begins at 7:30 AM CT on first day
 Ending  Last session will conclude around 4:00 PM CT on second day
 Attendance  300 expected
 Attire  Business casual
 Lunch & Breaks  Includes continental breakfast and working lunch (box) both days.
 Lodging  TBA
 Nearest Airport  Austin-Bergstrom International Airport • AUS
 Registration Fee  See Registration Page

Content Description

The content of this conference is based on practice gaps identified by surveying past participants and by analyzing practice trends.  Participants receive 2 days of evidence-based clinical information that is relevant to current psychiatric practice (see Agenda).  Speakers, who have been recommended by the planning committee as outstanding presenters and experts in their practice, will deliver the featured presentations.  

Each presentation is formatted with a didactic component, opportunities for active learning, and a Q&A discussion to allow audience members to ask specific questions for individualized learning.  This year, the agenda also features a panel discussion that gives practitioners of different disciplines the opportunity to take on challenging patient cases to demonstrate how varying viewpoints may approach patient care.   The information delivered at this conference is intended to be in-depth, yet practical enough that it can be utilized immediately upon return to practice, to implement individualized, comprehensive and evidence-based treatment plans for patients.  

This conference is a regional program for the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) organization, whose members are dedicated to the promotion of rational pharmacotherapy and care for patients with central nervous system (CNS) disorders.  Our conference is developed in collaboration with key members of CPNP, to ensure our psychiatric conference addresses the disparity between current pharmacotherapy practices and evidence-based best practices.

Who Should Register

Pharmacists, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, psychologists and social workers who specialize in or have an interest in neuropsychiatric disorders and wish to enhance their awareness and knowledge of the most recent advances impacting contemporary practice.  Social workers, please see the agenda to identify which sessions (*) have been designated as information that will meet your specific educational needs, and offer social work-specific continuing education credit.  Please feel free to register for the entire conference if you wish to participate in the non-accredited sessions for your own professional development.

Conference Goal

To provide pharmacists, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, psychologists and social workers with timely and clinically useful information about applying neuroscience principles and evidence-based approaches to the management of selected psychiatric and neurologic disorders.

2015 Conference Committee

Stephen R. Saklad, Pharm.D. – Conference Chair
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas at Austin

Director, Psychiatric Pharmacy Program
Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Center
UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Adjoint Associate Professor
School of Medicine
UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Laura Avila, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Health Psychology Fellowship Program
Behavioral Medicine/Internal Medicine
Brooke Army Medical Center

Emilie A. Becker, M.D.
Texas Medicaid Chip Mental Health Medical Director
Texas Health and Human Services Commission

James H. Bray, PhD
Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine

Frances Holland, BSN
Head of Nursing Education Department
San Antonio State Hospital

Angela Hughes Campbell, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPP
Clinical Psychiatric Pharmacist
Austin State Hospital

Rania Kattura, PharmD, MSPhr, BCPP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
University of Texas at Austin

Cynthia Mascarenas, Pharm.D, M.S., BCPP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Psychiatry
South Texas Veterans Health Care System

Troy Moore, Pharm.D., M.S. Pharm., BCPP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Veterans Administration

Maria DeConsuelo Ostrander, RN, MSN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
San Antonio State Hospital

Ann L. Richards, Pharm.D., BCPP
Pharmacy Director
San Antonio State Hospital

John Roach, PhD
Deputy Chair for Research and Chief of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Addiction
Department of Psychiatry
UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Ramona Rogers, MD
Rio Grande State Center

Tawny Smith, Pharm.D., BCPP
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
UT Southwestern at Austin Seton Healthcare Family

Glen Baumgart, Ph.D. - Conference Coordinator
Director Pharmacy Continuing Education
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas at Austin

Jennifer Bosworth, Pharm.D.
Assistant Director Pharmacy Continuing Education
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas at Austin


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Last Reviewed: October 29, 2014

ACPE The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
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