Caring for patients can be lonely at times, particularly when one enters your office with a complicated mental health issue you are unsure how to approach.
Clinicians who have wished for a team to consult on-the-spot, say about a rare condition or the pros and cons of a treatment approach, may benefit from a collaborative case-solving workshop at Elevate by Psych Congress in Boston, Massachusetts, March 8-10, 2019. During the 90-minute session, attendees will work in groups to solve complex scenarios involving a variety of patients and disorders.
“The workshop will help mental health professionals recognize that they are not alone in having difficult cases, there is benefit in collaboration, and they will have an idea of how to manage similar cases they might encounter in the future,” said session moderator Danielle Johnson, MD, FAPA. “It will be relevant for all mental health professionals involved in direct patient care.”
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The chief of adult psychiatry at the Lindner Center of HOPE, Mason, Ohio, Dr. Johnson has provided inpatient and outpatient care to men and women for 14 years. As the director of the women’s mental health program, she has a particular expertise in the latter.
“Leading the collaborative case conference is an opportunity to present a unique women's mental health case that some people might not otherwise be exposed to,” said Dr. Johnson, also an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry for the University of Cincinnati.
The scenario she plans to present will involve postpartum psychosis, the least common perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. Although the condition may be rare (Postpartum Support International puts its prevalence at 0.1-0.2% of births), postpartum psychosis can be life-threatening and therefore requires appropriate management.
“Many mental health professionals feel uncomfortable treating pregnant and postpartum women,” she reflected. “I hope they leave the session with an increased comfort level in doing so.”
In addition to Dr. Johnson’s scenario, the workshop will feature a handful of other clinical cases presented by fellow experts. But instead of leaving attendees stumped, the collaboration and expert consultation is geared to equip providers with the necessary know-how to confidently treat patients once back in their practice settings.
“There will be the opportunity to ask questions about the cases presented,” Dr. Johnson added, “to further increase knowledge.”