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"Bipolar Disorders: Diagnostic and Clinical Considerations"

  • February 12, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Woodland Hills Country Club 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills 91364


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Membership Meeting with 

      Sara Vicendese, LMFT

     Bipolar Disorder: Diagnostic and Clinical Considerations
Assessing and treating bipolar disorder can feel overwhelming for many therapists. When providing case consultation, the following questions typically arise: How do I identify the difference between "normal" mood swings and bipolar disorder? How should I respond when a patient decides not to take their medication? What clinical tools are most effective for treating depressive and manic episodes? And what resources are available to patients in the Los Angeles area?
The goal for this presentation is to help you gain confidence in your ability to work with individuals with a bipolar diagnosis, and know how to locate support and consultation when needed.

Learning Objectives
In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
*Strengthen understanding of diagnostic criteria and common differential diagnoses.*
*Gain insight into the subjective experience of individuals on the bipolar disorder spectrum, and learn how to identify appropriate clinical tools to utilize at varying stages of treatment.*
*Increase awareness of local resources available to patients and families affected by bipolar disorders.*

Course meets the qualifications for 1 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.



Sara Vicendese is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in West Los Angeles. She works with adults, adolescents, children, and with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is trained in both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy, specializing in the treatment of bipolar disorder, depression, adult and pediatric anxiety disorders (including obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobia, panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder) and interpersonal conflict. Her professional experience is diverse and includes supervised training in psychodynamic psychotherapy received from The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills and training in the clinical assessment of mood disorders (specializing in bipolar disorders) received from the UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program (CHAMP) in Westwood, where she held the position of Lead Research Associate. Sara also trained at the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Pediatric Intensive Outpatient Program, working with adolescents diagnosed with severe anxiety disorders and gaining experience with the clinic's specialty in Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), a behavioral treatment approach that is clinically proven to be effective in treating severe anxiety disorders.



Sponsored by

 Steve Unruh, LMFT


 8:30-9:00am - Networking, Registration, & Breakfast 
9-9:30am - 
Membership Meeting & Announcements
9:30-10:30am - Speaker Presentation 
10:30-11:00am - Structured Networking 
11:30 -1pm - Board Meeting ~ All Welcome

Woodland Hills Country Club
21150 Dumetz Road
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(The Country Club does not allow denim; ADA compliant)

$10 member
$20 non-member

(register online by Sunday prior to event 11:59pm,

no phone or email RSVP)
$25 walk-in, regardless of membership

(no cash or check, credit cards only)


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SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for Marriage & Family Therapists. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

CAMFT- approved Continuing Education Provider #62281

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