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Harmonious Collaboration with a Psychiatrist

Presented by Donna Ehlers, MD 2 CE Hours

Workshop Description:
This presentation will engage each participant in learning the basics of choosing a psychiatrist with whom to collaborate. The tools of discernment will be clarified. The therapist will become acculturated to the psychiatrist’s expectations therefore creating a vibrant, harmonious, collaborative effort to offer each client holistic care at the highest level.
This learning seminar will include best practices and didactic presentation as well as experiential opportunities. The latter will include modeling of communication techniques, review of important boundary issues, documentation vignettes and risk determination.

Participants will feel increased confidence with enhanced education and examples, learning to dialogue with psychiatrists in a mutually beneficial manner to enhance client care. Each participant will be able to present his/her clients for collaboration in a succinct and professional outline. In addition, we will discuss a very brief introduction to psychopharmacology.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify qualities of an excellent psychiatrist and use this information to help discern the professional that you choose to collaborate with to achieve the best outcome for each client.
2. Observe how to present your client to the psychiatrist in a manner that enhances the best understanding of the client’s needs as well as address your concerns.
3. Observe and apply through practice important issues regarding boundaries and documentation so that a respectful, trusting and synergistic relationship can develop between therapist and psychiatrist.