Moving Treatment Planning

February 5, 2021 at 12:45 PM

Gordon Harper, MD, will present a virtual Grand Rounds on February 5, 2021.Virtual  Grand Rounds  with  Gordon Harper, MD 

  February 5, 2021 – 12:50 - 1:50 p.m.

NOTE: This is s a VIRTUAL event and requires advance registration.   

Grand Rounds are designed for mental health professionals, offered free of charge, and provide 1.0 continuing education credit (see details below).   

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Treatment planning, though central to psychiatric care, is rarely analyzed and discussed. Training programs and the professional literature seem to assume that categorical diagnoses suffice, or that a multidisciplinary plan, in satisfying accreditors and payors, will sufficiently guide care, or that a formulation–even if it is not operational and does not promote consensus–will suffice. In this Grand Rounds, the shortcomings of these approaches–in particular, their missing of context, development, and the person of the patient–will be discussed and an alternative approach suggested. 

Gordon Harper, MD, trained as a pediatrician, psychiatrist, and child psychiatrist in Boston. He worked in acute hospital care for several decades and then in public-sector child mental health in the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, providing consultations in mental health and to the child protection system in Massachusetts. He has also served as treasurer of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). He holds academic appointment as associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has written on inpatient treatment, medical education, healthcare policy, care planning, and managing the ambiguities of child protection.  

For questions or additional information, please contact Erikson Institute Education Coordinator and Events Assistant, Kathleen Young at: kathleen.young@austenriggs.net / 413.931.5230.    

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  • Learn to recognize the approaches to planning treatment currently used in psychiatry 
  • Learn the limitations of each – hindering our ability to use person-centered care to promote recovery 
  • Learn an alternative approach, presented with an illustrative case 

Pending for: Physicians, Psychologists, Social Work, LMHC, and Nursing   

The Austen Riggs Center designates this live interactive webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.     

The Austen Riggs Center is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.    

The Austen Riggs Center also designates this live interactive webinar for 1.0 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology.    

The Austen Riggs Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. For additional information about this program, please call the Erikson Institute Education Coordinator, at 413.931.5230.    

The Austen Riggs Center, #1344, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider Approval Period: 02/02/2020-2/2/2023. Social workers completing this live interactive webinar will receive 1.0 continuing education credit(s).     

For a listing of jurisdictions that accept ACE, please visit www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/.    

This live interactive webinar program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at 244 CMR 5.00 for (1) contact hour(s).        

This live interactive webinar meets the requirements of the MaMHCA, authorization # TBD for 1.0 category 1 continuing education credit(s).    

The Austen Riggs Center follows all state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). In accordance with the ADA, the Austen Riggs Center is committed to accessibility. If you need accommodations for your course, please contact info@austenriggs.net.   

For information about our accreditation, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/accreditation-educational-activities.     

Attendees who wish to receive CE credit should note:      

After the conclusion of the event, you will receive an email with a link to complete the evaluation and claim your credits.   



1 Hour