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Continuing Education

On October 26th 2012, The Society held it's first annual PMH-APN Professional Ed Day. The goal of the conference was to provide psychiatric advance practiced nurses with the most up-to-date information on psychotherapy and psychopharma-cology. Discussion included contemporary developments in evidence-based psychotherapy practice, and new knowledge in genetics and psychopharmacology. 

 Kathleen Wheeler, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN set the tone for a mind opening day with her a compelling  keynote address on Psychotherapy Practice: What Does the Future Hold  for Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses? 

Candice Knight, PhD, EdD, APN, PMHNP/CNS-BC, PMHCNJ presented an engaging talk on, "Beyond Rogers, Perls, Maslow, & May: New Frontiers in Humanistic-Existential Psychotherapy" 

 Richard Pessagno, DNP, APN, PMHNP/CNS- BC  drew a hearty applause with his affable delivery of "Let’s Re-Group: Evolving Trends in Group Psychotherapy   for Psychiatric APNs" 

Laura Leahy, MS, APN, PMHNP/CNS-BC gave an interesting and informative presentation on Personalized Psychotropic Regimens: Matching Receptors, Genotypes, and Symptoms

 Dorothy Borresen, PhD, APN, PMHNP/CNS-BC            presented a wonderful  primer on the love / hate    relationship we have with Benzodiazepines

Deborah Drumm, MS, APN, PMHNP-BC helped us to increase our understanding about the essentials of managing Metabolic Syndrome

The well attended conference concluded with overwhelmingly positive feedback for the scholarly presentations and praise for our talented and learned colleague/presenters. 

The Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA


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