APNA Annual Conference Wednesday Program


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Ongoing throughout Conference
Up to 5.0 Contact Hours
Visit the poster gallery any time Wednesday - Sunday to earn up to 5.0 contact hours as you view and evaluate the more than 175 innovative poster presentations on display.

9:00am ET - 10:00am ET
Join the online chats to get to know and connect with fellow attendees.

9:00am ET- 8:30pm ET
Get information from and engage with industry stakeholders in psychiatric-mental health and nursing.


  Pre-Conference Sessions
10:00am ET – 12:00pm ET
2.0 Contact Hours

1011: Practice & Education   
10:00am ET - 12:00pm ET

Formulating Diagnostic Impressions and The Pitfalls of Self-Report   APRN

The presentation contains a diagnostic approach that is user friendly and will elucidate clinical phenomenon the audience members have experienced. Differentiating subjective from objective data is emphasized and demonstrated. Contains didactics that cover differential diagnoses and ends with several clinical vignettes that illustrate critical points. Abstract 

Presenters: Catherine Carlson, Psy.D. LP

1012: Psychotherapy 
10:00am ET- 12:00pm ET

Combining CBT and Medication Management in Brief Visits: An Evidence- Based Collaborative Approach to Promote Best Outcomes – APRN

This interactive presentation supports APRNs  practicing in their full scope, by demonstrating how to integrate psychotherapeutic interventions with pharmacological treatment in even 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 M. Melnyk, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, CPNP, FAANP, FAAN

1013: Special Populations  
10:00am ET- 12:00pm ET

Promoting Cultural Humility: LGBTQIA+ Safe Zone for the Psychiatric Nurse – RN, APRN

This interactive session covers primary gender identity terms and transgender, intersex, queer, and asexual terminology, as well as sexual orientation terminology, including bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, and queer. The participant will learn how psychiatric nurses can become allies and create a welcoming and inclusive environment for adult and child/adolescent LGBTQIA+ patients. Abstract

Presenters: Lauren Connelly Dorsey, RN-BC, BSN, MSNc; Lexi Robertson, BScN, RN-BC

1014: Practice & Education
10:00am ET - 12:00pm ET

Optimizing Wellness and Resilience; a Trauma Informed Playmakers Program for Clinical Mental Health Staff and Educators Working with Children & Families. –RN, APRN

This interactive presentation will allow participants to be immersed in portions of the playmakers training while learning about the research findings throughout the presentation. Learners will explore their inner child and learn ways to connect with the children they serve as they explore the playmakers model with one another. 

Presenters: Anka Roberto, DNP, PMHNP-BC, APRN, MPH; Josalin Hunter-Jones, PhD, MSW, MPH; Cara Johnson, BSN Student; Haley Ormand, MSW student

1015: Substance Use
10:00am ET - 12:00pm ET

What you Measure, Motivates: Advancements in a Vulnerable Population's Care, Using Evidence-Based Practice to Improve Outcomes in Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome, A.W.S-related Psychosis, and A.W.S.-related Delirium.  – RN

Uniquely developed, this exciting, dynamic and informative presentation engages you through thought-provoking and inspiring evidence-based, advanced information regarding Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome, Delirium Tremens, and Delirium during AWS. Education regarding AWS, Delirium and Delirium Tremens empowers you to develop sophisticated, evidence-based assessment skills, providing ample opportunities to improve patient outcomes. Abstract

Presenter: Carrie A. Hartung, BSN, BS, RN (MSN-C)

1016: Nursing Professional Development 
10:00am ET - 12:00pm ET

Behind the Curtain: Insights into the JAPNA Manuscript Review Process for Authors and Reviewers  – RN, APRN

Disseminating PMH nursing knowledge, expertise, and ideas is critical to the profession and necessary for continuing advancements that promote optimal nursing care. This workshop will demystify the peer review/publishing process and provide aspiring authors and reviewers with practical tips and expert advice to facilitate writing, reviewing, and publishing success.

Presenter: Janice Goodman, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC; Geraldine Pearson, PhD, PMH-CNS, APRN, FAAN

1017: Practice
10:00pm ET - 12:00pm ET

Supporting Growth of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Colleagues through APNA's "Mentor Connection" Journey & Beyond – RN, APRN

The presentation will define mentor, mentee within the context of the APNA Mentor Connection and other programs. Discussion includes essentials such as establish rapport, boundaries, clear outcome creation, outcome attainment/measurement and management of stuck points. Discussion includes creating, attaining a healthy thriving and rewarding dyadic mentoring relationship. Abstract

Presenter: Kathleen T. McCoy, DNSc PMHNP-BC PMHCNS-BC FNP-BC FAANP


  Pre-Conference Sessions
12:10pm ET – 2:10pm ET
2.0 Contact Hours

1021: Group Therapy
12:10pm ET - 2:10pm ET

Group Therapy for PMHRNs: Let's Get Started!  – RN, APRN

This lively, interactive and experiential session will impart group concepts and motivational interviewing and will allow participants to practice these through group scenarios. Participants will gain skills to immediately benefit consumers in the inpatient setting or various settings where PMHRNs practice. Abstract

Presenters: Leslie G. Oleck, MSN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, LMFT; Victoria G. Shull, BSN, RN

1022: Psychotherapy
12:10pm ET- 2:10pm ET

Group Leader Toolkit I: Overview of Group Theory and Principles, Planning a Group and Opening Strategies – APRN

First of two related workshops identifies essential knowledge and demonstrates key skills to successfully structure and facilitate small groups. Discussion of group development phases, group processes and leader strategies to facilitate effective group process combine with a simulated experience of a group's opening phase where leaders model effective facilitation skills. Abstract

Presenter: Bethany J. Phoenix, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN

1023: Special Populations  
12:10pm ET- 2:10pm ET

Queers and Christians Sharing the Closet:  Exploring Nursing's Role in Spirituality as the Access Point to Healing Marginalized Communities – RN, APRN

Despite the societal incompatibility of being Christian and queer, most LGBTQ+ people were raised in a religious home and continue to practice faith even when exiled from their church. This presentation will assist the psychiatric nurse in connecting LGBTQ+ patients to their spiritual roots as an access point to recovery. Abstract

Presenters: Lindsey Schweiger, DNP, PMHNP, RN; Tori Kelly, RN

1024: Pharmacology
12:10pm ET- 2:10pm ET

"Not Just a Little Here and a Little There". Optimizing Best Practice Strategies For the Safe Cross-Titration and Tapering of Psychotropic Medications in Children and Adolescents.  –  APRN

This interactive presentation will integrate key principles of cross-titration and tapering of psychotropic medications with specific case studies. The participant will gain a  better understanding of things to consider and safe principles for both the cross-titration and tapering of psychotropic agents to prevent destabilization of target symptoms and possible hospitalization. Abstract

Presenters: Nancy Noyes, PPCNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC; Meredith McCauley, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

1025: Practice: Inpatient
12:10pm ET - 2:10pm ET 

Patient Safety 2.0: Using Technology to Enhance Patient Safety Practices – RN, APRN

This interactive presentation will provide opportunity to review several different examples of how technology is enhancing patient safety interventions across hospital departments.  We will also examine the use of evidence based assessment tools and interventions that allow  nurses to optimally engage with patients to provide appropriate care. Abstract

Presenters: Tina Aown, MSN, RN-BC, CNML; Robyn Welch, MSN; Amy Rushton, DNP, APRN; Jennifer Bush, RN; Deborah Parker, MSN, RN-BC

1026: Education
12:10pm ET - 2:10pm ET

Psychotherapy Training Using Simulation  –  APRN

This interactive session will engage participants in the fundamentals of designing, conducting and evaluating psychotherapy training sessions for PMHNP students. Participants will leave the session with templates and examples of the components necessary to incorporate nested, evolving psychotherapy training events into their simulation center curricula. Abstract

Presenter: Michael Terry, DNP, FNP, PMHNP


2:10pm ET – 3:10pm ET
1.0 contact hours 
This activity is provided by Neuroscience Education Institute.
Antipsychotics in Practice: The When, Why, and How of Using LAIs
Presenter: Jonathan M. Meyer, MD
Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.


Pre-registration is required. Please click here for more information. - See more at: https://www.apna.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=3880#sthash.Vre737U2.dpuf
  Pre-Conference Sessions
3:20pm ET – 5:20pm ET
2.0 Contact Hours


Pharmacology 1031: Pharmacology*
*1.0 of this session's 2.0 contact hours is eligible for pharmacology contact hours.
3:20pm ET - 5:20pm ET

No More Fear: How to Select Medications for use During Pregnancy and Lactation – APRN

This presentation provides an introduction and overview of a process that can be used to select psychotropic medications for patients who are pregnant or lactating. Abstract

Presenter: Lyons Hardy, APRN

1032: Psychotherapy
3:20pm ET - 5:20pm ET

Group Leader Toolkit II:  The Working and Ending Phases of Group and Strategies to Manage Challenging Behaviors – RN, APRN

This workshop, a continuation of Group Toolkit I, will focus on the practical and theoretical components of the working and ending phases of groups. Strategies to manage challenging behaviors of group members will be presented and demonstrated in an experiential group simulation of the working and ending phases of groups. Abstract

Presenter: Bethany J. Phoenix, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN

1033: Special Populations
3:20pm ET - 5:20pm ET

Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Male Survivors: A Gender-Cultural Competence Approach  –  RN, APRN

This educational workshop introduces mental health providers to a gender-cultural competence approach that will improve their ability to connect with and treat male survivors of sexual victimization. Participants will leave with improved awareness, knowledge, and skills in conducting psychotherapy that is gender-responsive, culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed. Abstract

Presenter: Andrew M. Walker, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

1034: Child & Adolescent*  Pharmacology
*0.5 of this session's 2.0 contact hours is eligible for pharmacology contact hours.
3:20pm ET - 5:20pm ET 

Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Where Are They and How We Care for Them  – RN, APRN

This dynamic and informative presentation will explore the controversial disorder of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder as it applies to PMHNP practice.  The participants will leave with an understanding of how qualitative and quantitative data can assist providers in identifying and caring for this at risk population. Abstract

Presenter: Daniel Wesemann, DNP, PMHNP-BC, ARNP

1035: Group Therapy
3:20pm ET- 5:20pm ET

Complicated Grief Group Therapy for Community-residing Persons with Serious Mental Illness – RN, APRN

This presentation will include the theoretical underpinings, research evidence and practical application of Complicated Grief Group Therapy, a specialized multi-modal group psychotherapy treatment of complicated grief. All CGGT intervention treatment elements will be presented with video and practice. Feasibility, participant retention and treatment adherence across practice settings will be discussed. Abstract

Presenters: Katherine Supiano, PhD, LCSW, F-GSA, FT, APHSW-C; Colin Riley, RN

3:20pm ET- 5:20pm ET

Antipsychotic Reduction in Nursing Homes: An Evidence Based Practice Protocol – RN, APRN

This presentation describes the federal regulations on psychotropic medications in LTC facilities and introduces an evidence based practice clinical protocol which can guide clinicians away from prescribing antipsychotic medications in the treatment of dementia behaviors. Abstract

Presenter: Nancy M. Birtley, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

1037: Practice: Inpatient  
3:20pm ET - 5:20pm ET

An Overview of Safewards: an Exciting New Evidence-Based Psychiatric Nursing Model Designed to Reduce Conflict and Containment in Acute Care Settings     – RN, APRN

Safewards, a new psychiatric nursing model, is a comprehensive conflict and containment reduction approach for inpatient psychiatric settings. It has proved to be highly effective in numerous international implementation and efficacy studies. Our objective is to educate and inspire other nurses to consider utilizing this model in their organizations. Abstract

Presenters: Suzie Marriott, MS, BSN, RN-BC; Jessica Marangio, MSN, RN-BC


  Pre-Conference Sessions
      5:30pm ET – 7:30pm ET
2.0 Contact Hours

1041: Practice
5:30pm ET - 7:30pm ET 
Private Practice 101: A Risk Management Perspective  – RN, APRN

This interactive, didactic presentation provides risk management best practices to reduce patient complaints, investigations, and/or patient lawsuits related to high risk challenges in office practice. Participants will leave knowing risk mitigation strategies for the "what," "when," and "how" if terminating the patient relationship, releasing records, obtaining informed consent, and documenting. Abstract

Presenters: Anne Huben-Kearney, RN, BSN, MPA, CPHQ, CPHRM, DFASHRM; Allison Funicelli, MPA, CCLA, ARM, CPHRM

 1042: Psychotherapy
5:30pm ET - 7:30pm ET

Nursing: Caring Science meets Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy for Depression and PTSD  – RN, APRN

Research into psychedelic assisted psychotherapy, using MDMA (PTSD) or psilocybin(depression), was recently given breakthrough drug therapy status by the FDA. This preconference session, led by two study therapist nurses, will equip psychiatric nurses to understand the risks and benefits of this groundbreaking treatment and the implications for future. Abstract

Presenter: Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, CNS; Bruce Poulter, RN, MPH

1043: Special Populations
5:30pm ET- 7:30pm ET

Cultivating Mindfulness to Enhance Mental Health and Physical Well-being – RN, APRN

This presentation discusses mindfulness and its many benefits for physical and emotional well-being. It addresses research supporting mindfulness practices. Types of mindfulness practices will be discussed and practiced by participants. Practical points, challenges and ways to maintain the practices will also be discussed. This is an interactive and experiential presentation. Abstract

Presenter: Nasrin Falsafi, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, AHN-BC

1044: Practice: Inpatient
5:30pm ET- 7:30pm ET

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

Addressing the clinical needs of individuals with mild to moderate presentations ASD or ID/DD presents a challenge for nurses on inpatient psychiatric units.   Nurses need tools to differentiate between behaviors associated with ASD/ID/DD and those associated with psychiatric disorders to improve care, minimize escalation events, and avoid prolonged inpatient stays. Abstract

Presenter: Kristen Kichefski, MSN, MBA, NC-BC


7:30pm ET – 8:30pm ET
Keep the Body in Mind: Looking at the Pathophysiology and Comorbidities Associated with Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia
Presenter: Dawn I. Velligan, Ph.D.

Sponsored by: Alkermes
No contact hours provided.
Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.




*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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