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Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) - A Light in the Darkness

Oct 05, 2013 09:00am -
Oct 05, 2013 12:00pm

Event Description

Steve Seiner, MD, Cynthia Piltch, Ph.D. and Katharine (Kitty) D. Dukakis, MS, MSW, instructors

Electro-convulsive therapy, ECT, is an effective treatment for various forms of seriously debilitating depression.  This fact has been proven countless times, restoring desperately ill patients to worthwhile, active lives.  However, there are misconceptions about the treatment and its effects.  These false ideas and related fears can undermine the consideration of ECT when a diagnosis may indicates ECT as an appropriate therapy.  With a wider opportunity for informing professionals and educating the public, it is likely that more individuals would understand the benefits of ECT, resulting in the relief of suffering and a return to a meaningful, healthy life.  The presentation acknowledges the role of prescription drugs, psychotherapy and other therapeutic modalities as effective treatments for all levels of depression.  However, the presentation will enable participants to more effectively assess the potential value of having ECT in their professional toolboxes.

Upon completion of the program the student will be able to:

·         Explore the history, development and application of ECT as an effective therapy

·         Examine current research related to how ECT affects the brain and nervous system, resulting in positive outcomes for the patient.

·         Review the available and appropriate therapies that professionals can discuss with patients and when appropriate refer them for treatment.

·         Discuss when it is most appropriate to use ECT

Program Code: ECT13 
3 CE Credits
Location: at MSPP, Newton

Steve Seiner, MD, has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of Washington University Medical School.  He completed a psychiatry residency at Harvard’s McLean Hospital, and is a fellowship trained Geriatric Psychiatrist.  Dr. Seiner is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Director of Residency Training for the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. Clinically, Dr. Seiner is the Director of McLean’s Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program, which includes Electroconvulsive Therapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.   McLean’s ECT service now performs close to 6000 treatments a year, making it one of the largest ECT centers in the country.

Cynthia Piltch, Ph.D., MPH, LCMT, is a Reiki Master, educator, consultant and clinical practitioner trained in a variety of integrative healing modalities including therapeutic massage, Reiki, reflexology and craniosacral therapy.  Dr. Piltch conducted her dissertation research on a gender comparison of the causes and consequences of stress in an industrial sample of workers.  She received her Ph.D. from Boston University and her MPH from the University of Michigan, her diploma in massage from the Muscular Therapy Institute and her Reiki Master training from Arlington Reiki Associates. In addition, Dr. Piltch maintains a private clinical practice in Lexington, Massachusetts and is on the teaching faculty of the Center for Community Health and the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in Boston, MA.  She has also co-authored a quarterly research column for the Massage Therapy Journal and taught numerous courses in stress management/resiliency, research methods and Reiki in academic and community settings. Dr. Piltch came to her stress and resiliency work through both her research background and her own efforts to heal injuries sustained in two automobile accidents and other health challenges. Her educational efforts focus on teaching people concrete and useful tools (e.g., reiki, self-massage, reflexology, creative visualization, mindfulness)  that can help them cope effectively with stress and thereby support their resiliency. 

Katharine (Kitty) D. Dukakis, MS, MSW, is concerned with women’s rights, human rights, the arts, the environment, her community and family which are mirrored in the numerous activities and organizations that have characterized both her public and private life. Appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, she then became a founding member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. On November 9th 2010, she was sworn in after President Obama’s appointment as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council. Mrs. Dukakis has worked extensively on issues related to the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and contemporary human rights issues. She has served on the board of directors of several refugee groups. In 1985 she participated in a fact finding tour of refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border and established the Refugees International/Cambodian Crisis Fund to bring about humanitarian changes in the processing of southeast Asians with families in the United States. She also organized a Task Force on Cambodian Children which included a mission to Thailand in 1981 to work for the release of orphaned Cambodian minors. From 1985 to 1989 she was the director of the Program on Public Space Partnerships, a joint program between the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. The program developed demonstration projects and research models for the design, management and funding of public spaces. Mrs. Dukakis was greatly influenced by her parents’ appreciation of the arts. Her late father was a member of the first violin section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, associate conductor of the Boston Pops, director of the Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall, and conductor of the Boston Classical Orchestra. Mrs. Dukakis taught modern dance for many years at the Dittmar School of Dance in State College, Pennsylvania, Lesley University and the Brookline Center for the Arts. She now serves on the Board of Directors of Refuge Point, a refugee foundation whose purpose is to alleviate human suffering in Africa, and on the advisory council of the New England Center for Children, a school for autistic children in Southborough, Massachusetts, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the new Saks Institute for Mental Health, Law, Policy and Ethics at the University of Southern California. She is the author of two books: Now You Know, the story of her battle with addiction and depression, and Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy, co-authored with Larry Tye, which describes how ECT proved to be the one treatment that dealt effectively with her recurring cycles of depression. Mrs. Dukakis attended Pennsylvania State University and received a B.A. in Education from Lesley University; an M.S. in Broadcast and Film from the Boston University School of Communications; and an M.S.W from the Boston University School of Social Work. She and her husband, Michael S. Dukakis, the former Massachusetts governor and currently Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and Visiting Professor of Public Policy at UCLA, live in their hometown of Brookline, Massachusetts except during the months of January, February and March, when they are at UCLA  in Los Angeles.

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Counseling & Psychotherapy
Early registration ends on Jul 29, 2013.
Regular registration starts on Jul 30, 2013 and ends on Sep 24, 2013.
Late registration starts on Sep 25, 2013.



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