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Nuts and Bolts of Psychiatry

Format Workshop
Presenters Dr Basil Buntting
Description 08:30 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:30 Workshop
10:30 - 10:50 Morning Tea
10:50 - 12:30 Workshop
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 15:00 Workshop
15:00 - 15:15 Afternoon Tea
15:15 - 17:00 Workshop

The course is highly inter-active with a relaxed atmosphere of fun and laughter. It uses DSM-IV-TR criteria and
clinical management guidelines.
This seminar will provide you with the understanding and tools to...
 Have essential practical psychiatric knowledge (what to know), for everyday mental health practice.
 To gain practical "how to'' skills (what to do) of psychiatry and includes assessment, formulation and management of psychiatric conditions within the time constraints of a busy mental health practice.
 Reduce your stress by enabling you to easily and quickly assess , and manage such conditions as psychotic conditions, mood disorders, personality disorders and other psychiatric conditions.
 Improve your confidence in working with psychiatric patients.
 Interact more directly with primary care and psychiatry colleagues based on your new understanding.

Specific Objectives
To teach you to:
 Quickly, easily and accurately identify the symptoms of mental health problems and mental disorders by using a quick single approach for each group of conditions e.g. A quick single approach in assessment of psychotic conditions.
 Use the DSM diagnostic classification systems in determining diagnosis, prognosis and specific treatments.
 Use the bio-psycho-social approach of mental health for evaluation, and treatment including risk assessment and management
 Easily formulate patients and confidently write a mental health care plan which always considers risk.
 Be able to assess and manage comorbity such as disabilities, drugs and alcohol and medical conditions.
 Be up to date with medication options in the treatment mental disorders. E.g. antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anxiety, and other psychiatric medications. B) counselling and psychotherapy using a simple method that draws from different psychotherapy schools, including supportive psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodynamic and mindfulness.
 Build on existing knowledge and learn new knowledge with high practice relevance.
 Stress the need for the mental health worker to educate and involve both consumers and carers in management e.g. improve their ability to identify early warning signs to assist in relapse prevention and to use self help strategies and the clinician has to be always aware of the consumer and carers' perspectives

Practical how to assess and manage:
1st Session
1) Psychotic conditions
2) Personality disorders
3) Mood Disorders
4) Anxiety Disorders
5) Somatoform disorders

2nd Session
1) Mental disorders due to Medical conditions and substances
2) Medical Treatment in Psychiatry
3) Counselling and Psychotherapy
4) Formulations and Mental Health Plan
5) Consumer and carer perspectives

Learning Outcomes
Content Area: Mental Health Assessment
1: demonstrate an understanding of the epidemiology and aetiology of common mental health conditions
2: demonstrate an appreciation of the complexities of comorbidity (e.g. substance misuse, impaired cognition, physical comorbidities)
3: be able to detect the common, disabling and treatable mental health disorders in general practice and community
4: be able to undertake a systematic mental health assessment, including interview skills, the fundamentals of psychiatric history taking, mental status assessment, risk assessment and comorbidity
5: be able to use appropriate psychometric instruments to aid assessment and to identify change
6: be able to reassess people in their care with a known mental disorder.

Content Area: Mental Health Treatment Plans
1: be able to negotiate a shared understanding of a mental health problem with consumers that culminates in an agreed care plan
2: demonstrate an understanding of the importance of consumer and carer psycho education and access to accurate and consumer friendly educational materials
3: demonstrate increased knowledge of local mental health care providers and their referral pathways in the public and private systems, and of relevant non government organisations
4: demonstrate an understanding of the rationale for the appropriate use of effective pharmacological and psychological therapies (alone or in combination) for treatment the of common mental disorders
5: be able to introduce consumer and carer self help strategies.

Content area: Mental health review
1: demonstrate an understanding or the need for systematic monitoring of the effectiveness of the mental health treatment plan
2: be able to assist consumers to develop self-monitoring strategies to identify recurrence and to increase proactive steps in response to early warning signs
3: be able to assist a consumer and carer to develop a personal relapse prevention plan.

Content area: Additional learning objectives
1: demonstrate a greater understanding of practice systems (and other issues) which decrease or safeguard patient safety in providing mental health care
2: demonstrate a greater understanding of the experience of mental disorder from the perspective of consumers and their families, friends and/or other carers
3: demonstrate a working knowledge of the Medicare Benefits Schedule items relating to provision of mental health care by a GP. (NB This applies to general practitioners and some mental health nurses and psychologists. )

"I initially attended this course to test my boundaries of what I already know. Now at the completion of the course I have not only tested my boundaries of knowledge, but have taken on a new way of assessing my clients. The steps that were taught were easy and practical to use. I had originally thought that this would be the same process as all other professionals teach; fortunately that is NOT the case. Thank-you Basil for testing my current knowledge and expanding my skills."
Gayle Thomas
Psychologist- Centrelink

"This course put the subject of psychiatry into a down to earth manageable framework. I believe it will improve my own abilities and practices. I would recommend it to others."
Leanne Small
Cleveland Youth Detention Centre

"A well rounded presentation that allowed me to asses my current knowledge base. I t allowed me to examine the process I follow in making a formulation and offered different techniques, strategies and thoughts to consider in my future practice."
Katie Mandall
Centrelink Psychologist
North Queensland
About the presenter(s) MBChB, MMed (Psych) MD, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine (formerly known as University of Natal)
Basil Bunting has worked as Clinical Lead & Assistant/Professor at Bond University, and trains medical students from Bond and Griffith Universities. He has worked in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. He currently works as a consultant psychiatrist at Tweed Heads Hospital, NSW. He is the author of "Psychiatry in easy steps" and the new book "Nuts and Bolts of Psychiatry Handbook" Each student who attends the workshop will receive a FREE ''Psychiatry in easy steps" text book.
Dr Buntting also has developed CPD accredited mental health training workshops for mental health workers including general medical practitioners and psychologists. He has also developed an online course. Early this year at the end of April 2012 he had a workshop for the Gold Coast Branch of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) at Radissons Hotel at the Gold Coast.
See what the Gold Coast psychologists had to say about this training at the website Click the heading "About" to see the video testimonials.
Location NSW Metro, Australia
Venue Dundas Sports and Recreation Club
9 Elder Road,, Dundas NSW 2117

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 26 Nov 2012
Time 9 am- 5.00 pm (Registration at 8.30am)
Cost Early bird before 21st Nov APS Members $295.00; APS Students $210.00; Non-APS Members $350.00 after 21st everyone $360
Notes Dr Basil Buntting introduces participants to a lucid and accessible framework for thinking about and categorizing the major DSM 4TR psychiatric disorders. This is followed by evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. His relaxed and engaging style makes for an enjoyable as well as informative experience. This interactive workshop has been highly rated and regarded by previous participants from a variety of professional backgrounds, over a 15 year period. With its practical, applied focus, the workshop will be of particular relevance to psychologists (especially those in private practice) and other workers. DSM 4TR conditions covered include: Psychotic conditions, Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and much more. Management follows evidence-based clinical guidelines and includes medical treatments in psychiatry and psychotherapy. This training is accompanied by a FREE textbook "Psychiatry in easy steps" . CPD training Accredited by ACRRM & is R
Organiser Nuts and Bolts of Psychiatry
Contact Name Basil Buntting
Telephone (07) 55067300
Fax (07) 55067303
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