ODW Keys To Understanding & Treating Bipolar Disorder in Youth and Young Adults with Eric Youngstrom

ODW Keys To Understanding & Treating Bipolar Disorder in Youth and Young Adults with Eric Youngstrom



This is a 6 hour On Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be available immediately after successful registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on Friday, 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.

Learning Objectives

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.



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

CE Information

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.

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance. 

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • 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

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

Who Should Attend?

This training 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

What level of knowledge the attendee should have in this topic?
– Intermediate/Advanced