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Wednesday Program

Wednesday Thursday  |  FridaySaturday

Symposium Breakfast
6:00am – 7:30am PT | Learn More
Suicide Prevention Training
8:00am – 6:00pm PT | Learn More
Pre-Conference Sessions
8:00am – 10:00am PT | Browse Sessions
10:15am – 12:15pm PT | Browse Sessions
Product Theater Lunch
12:20pm – 1:50pm PT | Learn More
Pre-Conference Sessions
2:00pm – 4:00pm PT  |  Browse Sessions
4:15pm – 6:15pm PT  |  Browse Sessions
Conference Kickoff & Awards Presentation
6:30pm – 7:30pm PT  |  Learn More
Product Theater
8:00pm – 9:30pm PT  |  Learn More


= Sessions also available via virtual livestream.

Suicide Prevention Training*
8:00AM – 6:00PM Pacific

7 Contact Hours


APNA Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Generalist Role – RN

Learn to systematically apply the first suicide prevention competencies for psychiatric-mental health RNs to your practice! This live interactive training will increase your confidence and competence in the nursing skills of suicide assessment, management and prevention. Get evidence-based nursing knowledge and best practices to improve your knowledge, attitudes, skills and critical thinking when caring for persons at risk for suicide.

Presenters: Inga M. Giske MSN, PMHNP-BC; Nicole Monteiro, BSN, RN; Rebecca Puchkors, MSN, RN, PMH-BC; Cheryl A. Puntil, MN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

*Registration for this training is closed as it is now full.

Symposium Breakfast

6:00AM-7:30AM Pacific
Sponsored by CMEology
1 Contact Hour
A Novel Approach to Schizophrenia Treatment: What You Need to Know About TAAR1 Agonists

Sponsored by Medical Education Resources (MER) and CMEology. Supported by an independent educational grant from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. Evaluations and contact hours certificate provided by MER.

Presenters: Mary D. Moller, DNP, PhD(h), ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN; Charles Nguyen, MD, DFAPA


Pre-Conference Sessions

8:00AM-10:00AM Pacific

10:00AM CT  | 11:00AM ET

2 Contact Hours


8:00am – 10:00am Pacific

Treating Individuals with Eating Disorders: Insights & Challenges RN, APRN

This presentation will examine pharmacological and nonpharmacological evidence-based treatments for eating disorders.

Presenter: Karen Jennings Mathis, PhD, APRN-CNP, PMHNP-BC, FAED

This session is eligible for 2 pharmacology contact hours.


8:00am – 10:00am Pacific

The Essentials of Caring for People Who Are Diagnosed with Cluster A Personality Disorders: Clinical Pearls and Case Studies (Part I of III) – RN, APRN

This presentation will review essential information needed to care for people who struggle with symptoms related to a Cluster A Personality Disorder. Clinical pearls will be shared and case studies for Schizotypal, Schizoid and Paranoid Personality Disorders.

Presenters: Diane Esposito, PhD, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC; Ablavi Agomessou, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C


8:00am – 10:00am Pacific

Psychiatric Nurses and Creative Arts Therapists Collaboration to Maximize Mental Healthcare Resources and Clinical Outcomes for Military Service Members – RN, APRN

This interactive presentation engages participants in didactic and experiential learning on the topic of collaborative practice between psychiatric nurses and creative arts therapists in the military healthcare system. Presentation participants will develop a concrete understanding of this innovative co-treatment through engagement in real-time experientials and participation in group discussion.

Presenters: Nicole Moret, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC; Rebecca Vaudreuil, EdM, MT-BC, MSW


8:00am – 10:00am Pacific

Teaching Nurses Competency in Structural Determinants of Health to Address Racism: What Happens When White Nurses Make Room to Hear What BIPOC Nurses Already Know about Health Inequities – RN, APRN

This presentation invites PMHNs to 1) explore mental health and well-being relating to structural racism and white supremacy; 2) examine nursing practices that undermine caring and healing; 3) deepen understanding on how racial trauma is embodied; and 4) build somatic self-care practices and social justice skills.

Presenters: LaTonia Clark Chalmers, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, NC-BC; Kaija Freborg, DNP-TCN, RN


8:00am – 10:00am Pacific

Next Generation NCLEX and Clinical Judgment: What Undergraduate Nurse Educators Need to Know – RN

This session provides undergraduate nurse educators with tangible teaching and assessment strategies that foster clinical judgment, prepare students for the Next Generation NCLEX, and yield graduates prepared for professional practice. Emphasis will be placed on developing clinical judgment abilities and understanding NGN test questions.

Presenters: Cherie R. Rebar, PhD, MBA, RN, CNE, CNEcl, COI, FAADN; Nicole M. Heimgartner, DNP, RN, CNE, CNEcl, COI


8:00am – 10:00am Pacific

Psychiatric Nurses Take the Lead: Implementation of a High-Fidelity Inter-professional Clinical Simulation Project in a Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) using Standardized Patients– RN, APRN

This highly informative and interactive presentation provides the “nuts and bolts” to implementing an inter-professional educational initiative using high-fidelity simulation with standardized patients to address aggression and teamwork in a psychiatric emergency setting. Concepts are transferrable to any clinical setting. Multiple materials and hands-on “next steps” are provided.

Presenters: Nancy M. Bowllan, EdD, MSN, RN; Heather Obrien, MSN, RN; Courtney Blackwood, MS, RN, NE-BC


8:00am – 10:00am Pacific

ADHD Across the Lifespan: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment –APRN

This interactive presentation will emphasize current research and evidence-based practice guidelines to assess and treat children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD. We will also consider the impact of trauma and comorbidities on symptomology and treatment. This evidence will improve psychiatric nurse practitioners’ skills and confidence to provide competent, patient-centered care.

Presenter: Sara Jones, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Pre-Conference Sessions

10:15AM – 12:15PM Pacific

12:15PM CT  |  1:15PM ET

2 Contact Hours


10:15am – 12:15pm Pacific

Telemental Health Updates and Guidelines for Prescribing Across the Lifespan RN, APRN

In this presentation you will hear about changes in telemental health services including prescribing challenges, updates on prescribing protocols, and case-based discussions for managing complex telehealth patients.

Presenters: Joy A. Lauerer DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

The presenter will present this session via Zoom to the in-person audience and is eligible for 2 pharmacology contact hours.


10:15am – 12:15pm Pacific

The Essentials of Caring for People Who Are Diagnosed with Cluster B Personality Disorders: Clinical Pearls and Case Studies (Part II of III) – RN, APRN

This presentation will review essential information needed to care for people who struggle with symptoms related to a Cluster B Personality Disorder. Clinical pearls will be shared and case studies for Antisocial Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Histrionic Personality Disorder, and Narcissistic Personality Disorder will be discussed.

Presenters: Sherry Lindsay, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Pam E. Marcus, RN, APRN, PMH-BC; Deborah A. Salani, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, NE-BC; Maryam A. Adebayo, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, Nita A. Magee, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, MHNP-BC


10:15am – 12:15pm Pacific

How Close Are We to Comprehensive PTSD Treatment Programs? – RN, APRN

This presentation highlights the characteristics of a comprehensive Veteran-focused PTSD treatment program that was allowed to take risks and grow. By combining traditional therapies and non-traditional therapies with research, an unique opportunity was made available for Veterans interested in addressing their PTSD symptoms.

Presenter: Alan M. Ooka, MSN, RN, PMHNP, BC


10:15am – 12:15pm Pacific

Making a Connection: Using Simulation to Challenge Assumptions and Biases about Poverty and Health – RN, APRN

This interactive, experiential presentation provides participants with opportunities to learn more about the experience of living in poverty. Participants will identify and seek out community resources and experience barriers and frustrations faced by families who are attempting to survive in the community.

Presenters: Annette Gary, RN, MSN, PhD, PMHNP-BC; Rebecca Geist, DNP, RN, SAA, PHNA-BC; Valerie Kiper, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC


10:15am – 12:15pm Pacific

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Nurses: Reinforcing DBT Skills in Therapeutic Settings to Promote and Practice Skills for Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Emotion Regulation– RN

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based therapy that is a powerful tool for the management of Borderline Personality Disorder, Emotion Dysregulation, and Problem Behaviors. Attendees will learn how nurses can act as skills coaches to reinforce DBT skills within the therapeutic setting

Presenter: Elizabeth Gylan, MSN, RN-BC


10:15am – 12:15pm Pacific

How to Develop Simulation-based Clinical Experiences for Psychiatric-Mental Health Undergraduate Education– RN, APRN

This session will engage the audience in how to develop a Simulation-based Clinical Experience (SBE) for undergraduate Mental Health Nursing education that incorporates best practices and student engagement. SBE is not just a substitute learning experience during a pandemic, but a valid clinical teaching strategy for all times.

Presenters: Pamela J. Worrell-Carlisle, RN, MA, PhD


10:15am – 12:15pm Pacific

Do You Want to Hurt Yourself? A Review of the Evidence and Practice of Adolescent Non-suicidal Self-injury– RN, APRN

With the isolation from peers and worldwide fear stemming from the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, incidences of NSSI have increased significantly. More well-controlled research might clarify which interventions are most effective or provide guidance to the clinician to new and effective interventions to prevent NSSI and suicide.

Presenter: Brandie M. Smalley, PhD, PMHNP-BC

Product Theater Lunch
12:20pm – 1:50pm Pacific
No Contact Hours Provided

Sponsored by Neurocrine Biosciences
Utilizing the AIMS in Assessing for Tardive Dyskinesia

Presenter: Laura K. Melaro, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Pre-Conference Sessions

4:15PM – 6:15PM Pacific

6:15PM CT  |  7:15PM ET

2 Contact Hours


4:15pm – 6:15pm Pacific

Co-Occurring Chronic Pain and Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders: Neurobiology and Treatment Implications RN, APRN

In this presentation you will explore the clinical interface between chronic pain and substance use disorders and review treatment considerations including pharmacologic and behavioral interventions.

Presenters: Jennifer L. Jones, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, PHN, NCTTP

This session is eligible for 2 pharmacology contact hours.


4:15pm – 6:15pm Pacific

Addressing the Needs of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities on Inpatient Psychiatric Units (Part II of II) – RN, APRN

Addressing the clinical needs of individuals with ASD/ID/DD presents a challenge for inpatient psychiatric units. The ability to differentiate between behaviors associated with ASD/ID/DD and those associated with psychiatric disorders improves care, minimizes escalation events, helps nurses understand self-injurious behaviors, functional behaviors analysis, and avoid prolonged inpatient stays.

Presenters: Kristen Kichefski, MSN, MBA, RN-BC; Alina Z. Levine, Psy.D.


4:15pm – 6:15pm Pacific

Supporting the Frontline: Accessible Mindfulness for All – RN, APRN

This experiential presentation incorporates mindfulness and its many benefits for stress reduction, which is greatly needed as the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented adverse mental health outcomes among healthcare workers. Participants will learn mindfulness skills to be utilized during stressful situations both at home and in the workplace.

Presenters: Jaclyn M. Camardo, MSN, RN; Julia Sarazine, DNP, FNP-C


4:15pm – 6:15pm Pacific

Undergraduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Education: Exploring Teaching Modalities in the Affective Domain to Increase Standardized Test Scores – RN

This dynamic, interactive workshop is power packed with teaching tools for the undergraduate educator! Sharing of best practices will immerse learners into the affective/attitude domain. The presented activities save time and are cost-effective. Participants will leave with a complete set of active-learning strategies that can easily be integrated into psychiatric nursing courses.

Presenters: Nikki Pinney, MSN, RN; DonnaMarie Flumignan, EdD, RN; Diane Rushing, BSN, RN


4:15pm – 6:15pm Pacific

Fighting the Other Pandemic: A Health Systems Approach to Preventing Workplace Violence – RN, APRN

This presentation will review Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) journey in creating a workplace violence prevention program at its hospitals. In 2019, AHN formed a team to address the issue of violence, implementing reporting systems, training programs, and a crisis response team. AHN’s goal is promoting safety for employees and patients.

Presenter: Jamie Elyse Malone, MSN, RN


4:15pm – 6:15pm Pacific

Preparing To Be a Good Peer Reviewer – RN, APRN

This interactive, lively presentation presents the opportunity to learn about peer review as it applies to JAPNA. Participants will have the opportunity to use small groups and exemplars to further improve their reviewing skills while addressing their hesitancies about the process.

Presenters: Geraldine S. Pearson, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Conference Kickoff & Awards Presentation
6:30pm – 7:30pm Pacific

Receive a warm welcome to the conference, hear from APNA leadership, and meet this year’s award-winning psychiatric mental-health nurses and nursing students.


Product Theater Presentation
8:00pm – 9:30pm Pacific
No Contact Hours Provided

Sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

How to Introduce a Long-Acting Injectable with a Longer Dosing Interval for Adult Patients with Schizophrenia Into Your Practice

Presenter: Brooke Kempf, PMHNP-BC