Bipolar Disorder: Keys to Understanding and Treating It in Youth & Young Adults

This is a 6-hour on-demand webinar that was originally broadcast live on October 14, 2022.

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Mood problems affect a wide age range of young people and have tremendous impacts on functioning and relationships (Moreira, Van Meter, Genzlinger, & Youngstrom, 2017; Van Meter, Moreira, & Youngstrom, 2011). And good diagnosis and formulation can be challenging, yet often crucial for picking the best treatment (Goldstein et al., 2017).

Most research on bipolar disorder and DMDD has been conducted in the last 10-15 years, meaning training on these issues has been “playing catch-up” to the research.

As a result, the practice community has not had much formal training on the assessment or treatment of bipolar disorder in youth, with poor diagnostic agreement (Jenkins & Youngstrom, 2016; Jenkins, Youngstrom, Washburn, & Youngstrom, 2011; Jensen-Doss, Youngstrom, Youngstrom, Feeny, & Findling, 2014; Rettew, Lynch, Achenbach, Dumenci, & Ivanova, 2009).

This workshop updates assessment strategies for bipolar disorder in youth and young adults, sharing translated and culturally adapted approaches to interviewing and assessment (Youngstrom, Choukas-Bradley, Calhoun, & Jensen-Doss, 2014) and showing you how to stay informed on the science behind different treatment options. You will learn tools and techniques to help determine when a problem is a mood disorder or some other problem (Ong et al., 2016; Jenkins & Youngstrom, 2016; Youngstrom et al., 2014) and improve progress and outcomes (Youngstrom et al., 2017).

We will also review evidence-based pharmacological (Goldstein et al., 2017) and psychosocial and alternative treatments (Fristad & Macpherson, 2014) with information about how to check for updates. This workshop also presents information from recent meta-analyses (Moreira et al., 2017; Youngstrom et al., 2018; Youngstrom, Genzlinger, Egerton, & Van Meter, 2015), practice parameters (McClellan, Kowatch, & Findling, 2007), and reviews (Van Meter, Youngstrom, & Findling, 2012; Youngstrom et al., 2017), to provide clinicians, administrators, and policymakers with practical information that can guide their work.

This workshop also builds on doctoral training in psychology by updating it with the newest research evidence and by adding a cutting-edge framework for interpretation. We do this by merging the strengths of methods from Evidence-Based Medicine (Straus, Glasziou, Richardson, & Haynes, 2011) with traditional psychological assessment (Youngstrom et al., 2017; Youngstrom, Morton, & Murray, 2020) and by using technology and new brief assessments to take a measurement-based care approach to improving mood disorder outcomes (Guo et al., 2015).

The material presented in this workshop is tightly connected to the research literature, all presented by one of the leaders in this field.

At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will be better able to —

  • Articulate what assessment procedures are available to aid in differential diagnosis and measuring response to treatment, and the evidence base for them;
  • Distinguish which symptoms and risk factors are helpful in differentiating bipolar disorder, depression, and externalizing problems;
  • Apply new assessment approaches to improve differential diagnosis and measure treatment response;
  • Recognize how often bipolar and other disorders occur in different settings, such as colleges, outpatient services, forensic settings, and inpatient units;
  • Integrate risk factors and test results to guide next clinical actions for assessment and treatment
  • Demonstrate specific techniques to use with patients with bipolar disorder.


Eric Youngstrom, PhD, is a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also the Acting Director of the Center for Excellence in Research and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder.

Dr. Youngstrom is the first recipient of the Early Career Award from the Society of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology and an elected full member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 5, 12, and 53), the Association for Psychological Science, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Eric also consulted on the 5th Revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). He has chaired the Work Group on Child Diagnosis for the International Society for Bipolar Disorders and the Advocacy Task Force.

Eric Youngstrom earned his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Delaware. He completed his predoctoral internship training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic before joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve University.

Time Topic Covered
10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Lecture; Powerpoint slides; application to case.
  • Contrast the typical presentation of depression and bipolar disorder in youths and adult presentation; discuss DSM-5 vs. ICD-11 revisions
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
  • Lecture; Powerpoint slides; application to additional cases; brief Q & A.
  • Learn about “spectrum” bipolar disorders such as cyclothymia and Other Specified Bipolar and Related Disorders and associated impairment and course
11:45 am – 12:00 pm
  • Q&A
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
  • Lecture; Powerpoint; brief Q&A.
  • Recognize how often bipolar and other disorders occur in different settings, such as colleges, outpatient services, forensic settings, and inpatient units
12:45 pm – 1:30pm
  • Lunch Break
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Lecture; Powerpoint slides; application to additional cases.
  • Use assessment procedures to aid in differential diagnosis and measuring response to treatment
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
  • Lecture; Powerpoint slides; application to additional cases; discussion; demonstration; Question & Answer.
  • Apply new methods for interpreting test results, including methods taking into account clinical settings where we work
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm 
  • Break
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Lecture; demonstration.
  • Learn about free online and assessment tools to improve diagnosis and outcome
4:30 pm – 5:15pm
  • Lecture, question & answer, discussion; visualization of improved outcomes, commit to implementation and group discussion of solutions to barriers; extensive Q & A.
  • Review specific techniques that can be used in session with adolescents with bipolar disorder; visualize and commit to behavioral change

This training offers 6 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

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  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

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This course is an intermediate-advanced level and is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

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