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7:00am – 7:30pm


Suicide Prevention Training
8:00am – 6:00pm

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. Discussion of 2019 Joint Commission regulations will be included.

Presenters: Rebecca Deisler Puchkors, BSN, RN-BC; Shirlee Davidson, MSN, RN; Barbara Limandri, PhD, PMHCNS-BC


Pre-Conference Sessions
Block 1:  8:00am – 10:00am
2.0 Contact Hours


1012: Neurobiology Track
8:00am - 10:00am

The Central Autonomic Memory Network: A Theoretical Model for Understanding the Neurobiological Basis of Trauma and Suicidal Behaviors – RN, APRN

This presentation introduces a novel neurobiological substrate for trauma and suicide. The central autonomic memory network model provides an innovative approach to understanding (e.g., reward-aversion interactions) identifying (e.g., sleep-wake physiological disruptions), and treating suicidal-related behaviors from a neurointegrative standpoint. The participant will leave with a new conceptualization of suicide phenomenon. Abstract

Presenter: William Nicholson, PhD, PMHNP-BC

1013: Research Track
8:00am - 10:00am

Implementation of a Trauma-Informed Care Program in Reduction of Crisis Interventions within the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Population – RN, APRN

To be Trauma-informed Care educated means that anyone working with patients whom have been traumatized will have a deeper understanding of the patient’s past trauma and how it can affect their current mental health treatment. Utilizing crisis interventions will increase risk of re-traumatization and interrupt mental health treatment. Abstract

Presenter: Renae Denise Hale, DNP

1014: Substance Use Track
8:00am - 10:00am

Nursing Faculty Training: Nuts and Bolts of Implementing an Integrated Nursing Curriculum on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) – RN, APRN

This presentation will provide an overview of  an integrated nursing curriculum on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral and Treatment, complete with packaged lectures, teaching plans, role plays and online tools. This will be interactive and fun! Abstract

Presenter: Martha "Molly" J Faulkner, PhD, APRN, LCSW

1015: Practice Track
8:00am - 10:00am

Compassion Fatigue in a Forensic State Institution – RN, APRN

This is an experiential training on how to develop and support an educational program on Compassion Fatigue (CF).  It provides assessment tools, interventions to manage symptoms, and ways to measure effectiveness of program.  It will also provide time for participants to assess themselves and come up with a wellness plan. Abstract

Presenter: Joan S. Parker-Dias, MSN, APRN-CNS

1016: Education & Practice Track
8:00am - 10:00am

Using Simulation to Enhance Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing Education – APRN

This interactive presentation provides comprehensive information regarding best practice for creating, presenting, and evaluating simulation for advance practice nursing students. Abstract

Presenters: Lori Mooney, MS, PMHNP-BC; Beth King, PhD, PMHCNS-BC; James Adams, MSN, PMHCNS-BC; Ruth Ifediora, MSed, RN; Elizabeth Hutson, MS, PMHNP-BC

1017: Motivational Interviewing Track
8:00am - 10:00am

Still Up the Behavior Change River without any OARS?: Advancing Your Motivational Interviewing Skills for Challenging Clinical Problems (Part I of II) – RN, APRN

Feel stuck in a communication rut? Paddling up a storm to reach patients, only to feel like two ships passing in the night? This session (Part I of II; not mandatory to attend both) is for YOU! Learn to connect through enhanced communication skills that honors your nursing practice. Abstract

Presenters: Carol Essenmacher, DNP, C-TTS; Susan W. Blaakman, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC


Pre-Conference Sessions
Block 2:  10:15am – 12:15pm
2.0 Contact Hours


1021: Pharmacology Track** Pharmacology
10:15am - 12:15pm

Integrating Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) into Medication Management Visits: Advanced Practice PMH Nurses Leveraging their Psychotherapy Skills as well as their Knowledge of Pharmacology  in 20 - 30 Minute Visits to Optimize Outcomes – RN, APRN

This interactive presentation supports APRNs practicing in their full scope, by demonstrating how to integrate psychotherapeutic interventions with pharmacological treatment even in brief medication management visits. We will outline the evidence supporting CBT for brief visits and demonstrate real practice CBT interventions, strategies and resources applicable for current "med checks". Abstract

Presenters: Pamela Lusk, RN, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP; Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, CPNP, FAAN, FAANP

**One hour of this 2 hour session is eligible for pharmacology contact hours.

1022: Neurobiology Track
10:15am - 12:15pm

A 3rd Nervous System? Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! – RN, APRN

Discovery of the polyvagal system (unmyelinated dorsal/myelinated ventral) within the parasympathetic nervous system revolutionized the understanding and treatment of the fight/flight/freeze fear response. Polyvagal theory explains the physiology of fear/dissociation. Learn interventions to help dysregulated patients gain control of the fear response by activating the physiology of social engagement. Abstract

Presenters: Mary D. Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN; Kathleen Wheeler, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

1023: Research Track
10:15am - 12:15pm

The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Forgiveness on Nurses' Capacity for Compassion Satisfaction – RN, APRN

This interactive presentation introduces the integral need to respond to personal childhood traumas through a lens of self-forgiveness. Implications for education, administration and policy development will be provided, as driven by the findings of abuse prevalence in nurses, as it relates to sustaining compassion satisfaction and healthy work environments. Abstract

Presenter:  Anne D. Troy, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

1024: Substance Use Track
10:15am - 12:15pm

Cannabis and Cannabis Use Disorder: What Nurses Need to Know – RN, APRN

This presentation reviews current demographics related to the use of cannabis in the United States. The presenter will review how manipulation of the substance produces more potent products that increase the risk of medical and psychological harm. Assessment, treatment and future trends related to cannabis will be discussed. Abstract

Presenter: Bari K. Platter, MS, RN, MHCNS-BC, FIAAN

1025: Practice Track
10:15am - 12:15pm

Rediscovery: Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Building Resiliency in the Workplace – RN

This interactive, lively presentation presents the opportunity to discuss, assess, develop, and prioritize the steps needed to  produce a self-directed recovery plan to rediscover your passion for nursing and reduce your compassion fatigue.  Each participant will leave with a foundation plan for taking the first steps to reduce compassion fatigue.

Presenter:  Cheryl M. Miller, MSN RN-BC CCFP

1026: Education & Practice Track
10:15am - 12:15pm

A Deep Dive Into the Process of Reviewing Manuscripts for Publication – RN, APRN

This presentation will build on prior workshops regarding peer review. Participants will have the opportunity to review and analyze segments of manuscripts and will ascertain how to judge quality and acceptability of papers submitted to JAPNA. The workshop will be a combination of didactic discussion and small groups. Abstract

Presenters: Geraldine Pearson, PhD, APRN, FAAN; Janice Goodman, PHD, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

1027: Motivational Interviewing Track
10:15am - 12:15pm

Still Up the Behavior Change River without any OARS?: Advancing Your Motivational Interviewing Skills for Challenging Clinical Problems (Part II) – RN, APRN

Still struggling with patients who can't meet their treatment goals? Wondering who is working harder? Feeling frustrated/perplexed? In this two-part practical, interactive session we'll solidify essential concepts and provide opportunities to practice fundamental and more advanced MI skills using case scenarios. Attendees are encouraged, not required, to attend both sessions. Abstract

Presenters: Susan W. Blaakman, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC; Carol A. Essenmacher, PMHCNS-BC, DNP, CTTS

12:20pm – 1:50pm
No contact hours provided
Sponsoring Company: Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.
This session is available on a first-come, first-served basis and does not require an additional fee.  

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Pre-Conference Sessions
Block 3:  2:00pm – 4:00pm
2.0 Contact Hours


Pharmacology 1031: Pharmacology Track*
2:00pm - 4:00pm

When Less is More: Deprescribing in PMHNP Practice – APRN

This presentation will use interactive, active learning techniques to guide the audience in developing their knowledge surrounding effective deprescribing in PMHNP practice.  Participants will be invited to bring their own cases to discuss and will develop their own practice philosophy in this practice area. Abstract

Presenters:  Lyons Hardy, PMHNP; Kirby Williams, MSN, PMHNP


1032: Psychotherapy Track
2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Ins and Outs of Teaching Selected Essential Graduate Psychotherapy Content  – APRN

This presentation will provide practical instruction on how to educate Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners in the 4th P-Psychotherapy.  This panel of  skilled PMHNP faculty and clinicians will present unique ways to incorporate the teaching of CBT, EMDR, and Existential psychotherapy in PMHNP programs. Abstract

Presenters: Daniel Wesemann, DNP, PMHNP-BC, ARNP; Mary Moller, DNP, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN; Kathleen Wheeler, PhD, PMHNP-BC, APRN, FAAN


1033: Child & Adolescent Track
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Addressing Early Childhood Mental Disorders through the Emerging Practice of Infant Mental Health – RN, APRN

This interactive presentation will provide strategies for addressing early childhood mental health disorders by evaluating relevant case studies on how to incorporate proper screening, assessment and interventions for optimal infant mental health. Abstract

Presenters:  Jessica Gordon, PhD, ARNP, CPNP-PC; Kathy C. Gaffney, MSN, CPNP, PMHS, PMHCNS; Joy A. Lauerer, DNP PMHCNS BC; Hannah Slavitt, RN, BSN, IBCLC


1034: Undergraduate Education Track
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Building Student Resilience: Changing Minds, Changing Lives An Innovative Program to Build Resilience in College-Aged Students in the Increasingly Challenging Collegiate Environment – RN, APRN

Participants are introduced to an innovative intervention program designed to build resilience capacity in college students experiencing unprecedented challenges using a psycho-educational strengths-based approach. Facilitators will utilize an exemplar of a resilience session to allow the opportunity to explore how resilience can be developed through mindfulness, research, writing, and reflection. Abstract

Presenters:  Kristen D. Lambert, PhD, MSN, RN; Genevieve Chandler, PhD, RN


1035: Practice Track
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Preventing Violence with S.E.C.U.R.E Training (Safer Environments via Collaborative, Unified Response to Emergencies) – RN, APRN

Interactive presentation by a nurse and police officer demonstrates how nurses can partner with their own community law enforcement personnel to improve communication, increase collaboration, develop shared strategies to prevent injuries and plan for a unified response to emergencies involving violence and aggression in healthcare settings. Abstract

Presenters:  Diane E. Allen, DNP, PMHRN-BC, NEA-BC, FACHE; Frank N. Harris, LT


1036: Education & Practice Track
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Shame and Self- Criticism – Changing the Emotional Set Point using a Compassionate Focused Approach – RN, APRN

This workshop will present an overview of the framework and foundational mind training practices of Compassion Focused therapy and clinical strategies that facilitate safeness to address underlying shame and self- criticism with clients. Participants will engage in compassion practices used in CFT, self-practice, self- enquiry and small group discussion. Abstract

Presenter:  Maryanne Jones Godbout, DNP, PMHCNS-BC

1037: Therapies Track
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy Empowerment Strategies for Self-injury and Aggression – Building Connection, Developing Aspirations, Strengthening Resiliency, Enabling Purpose – RN, APRN

Presentation will be very energetic, interactive, and lively, covering research, conceptualization, and empowerment strategy for self-injury and aggressive behavior. Participants will develop understanding and skill to be able to apply CT-R to their nursing practice. Abstract

Presenter: Joseph Keifer, Psy.D, BSN, RN; Ellen Inverso, Psy.D; Paul Grant, Ph.D


Pre-Conference Sessions
Block 4:  4:15pm – 6:15pm
2.0 Contact Hours

 1042: Psychotherapy Track
4:15pm - 6:15pm

An Overview of Emotionally Focused Therapy: Application to Individuals, Couples, and Families – APRN

This presentation introduces the exciting practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy, which is based on the theory of attachment. Participants will learn the 3 stages of therapy, which recognizes the important role of emotions within the human experience. These skills promote the expertise of advanced practice nurses who provide counseling services. Abstract

Presenter:  Debbie Steele, MFT, PhD, RN


1043: Child & Adolescent Track
4:15pm - 6:15pm

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners taking a Bottom up Approach in Helping to Heal Anxiety, Inattention and other Common Ailments of Children; Discovering Trauma as a Factor Feeding into their Presentation – APRN

This presentation will engage learners in concepts of trauma focused screening and psychotherapy of the PMHNP. Through the use of videos and photos displaying real live cases, the presenters will activate the learning environment to allow for the visualization of theory to practice using key EMDR concepts to help children. Abstract

Presenters:  Anka Roberto, DNP, PMHNP-BC, APRN, MPH; Pamela Lusk, DNP, RN, FAANP


1044: Undergraduate Education Track
4:15pm - 6:15pm

How Students Perceive Their Psych Clinical Rotation and Why It Matters – RN, APRN

This interactive presentation will display how nurse educators collaborated to create a questionnaire/survey tool  examining student perceptions of the mental health nursing clinical practicums. Participants will be empowered with new knowledge and options for improving nursing student learning and satisfaction relative to the psychiatric mental health clinical experience. Abstract

Presenters:  Todd Hastings, PhD, MS, RN; Mary Justice, PhD, RN, CNE; Paula Harrison, MSN, RN; Janice Sanders, DNP, RNC, CPNP

1045: Practice Track
4:15pm - 6:15pm

More Than Words Can Say: The Impact of Music on Mood, Behavior, and Emotional Resiliency – RN, APRN

This multi-media,  interactive presentation focuses on the impact of popular music on the mental health of patients, and in particular, youth at risk.  Participants will learn how specific musical devices can enhance cognition and mood or be harmful to emotional well-being.  Suggestions for musical care planning will be highlighted. Abstract

Presenters:  David Horvath, PhD, PMHNP


1046: Education & Practice Track
4:15pm - 6:15pm

Critical Reflection in Nursing Practice and Education: An Interactive Workshop for Clinicians and Educators – RN, APRN

This interactive workshop will engage participants in an exploration of verbal and written critical reflection as tools for building self-reflective capacity. We will engage in verbal reflection and use exemplars to review and evaluate written reflection as a learning tool. Materials will be provided for immediate implementation. Abstract

Presenters:  Rosalind De Lisser, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC; Katerina Melino, MS, PMHNP

1047: Therapies Track
4:15pm - 6:15pm

Group 101: A Toolkit of Theory and Skills for Novice Group Leaders – RN, APRN

This presentation identifies essential knowledge and demonstrates key skills necessary to successfully structure and facilitate small groups. A discussion of phases of group development, therapeutic group processes and leader strategies to facilitate effective group process will be combined with a simulated group experience in which effective facilitation skills are modeled. Abstract

Presenters: Bethany J. Phoenix, PhD, RN, CNS; Frannie Pingitore, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CGP


6:30pm – 7:30pm

Kickstart your conference at this event where you’ll get an overview of what you need to know for a superb conference experience and meet the recipients of the 2019 APNA Annual Awards for Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing.


8:00pm – 9:30pm

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Sponsoring Company: Allergan
No contact hours provided 
This session is available on a first-come, first-served basis and does not require an additional fee.  




*This session’s contact hours pertain to pharmacology. Because states' requirements may vary, contact your Board of Nursing for more information.

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