Psychopharmacology Update: Adults and Older Adolescents (IN-PERSON)

IMPORTANT: If you are a BCPA Member, please LOGIN to your account before clicking on the Register button below.

IN-PERSON attendance is now SOLD OUT
If you want to attend the WEBCAST workshop please click HERE.



Workshop presented by Dr. John Preston

Sponsored by Chuck Jung Associates

Date: Friday, November 17th, 2017
Time: 9:00AM-4:30PM
Location: Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre (711 West Broadway, Vanouver, BC V5Z 3Y2)

Registration Deadline: November 13th, 2017

After November 13th, 2017 you can still register by calling BCPA at 604-730-0501.

This workshop is in conjunction with the BCPA Annual Genereal Meeting, which will take place during lunch break (12PM - 1PM). If you are interested in attending the AGM only, please register here. 


How to Register:

Method #1: Credit Card (RECOMMENDED)
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Register Now". Please log in before completing the registration form. You must also complete this online survey (mandatory).

Method #2: Cheque
Complete this FORM, and mail it to BCPA with a cheque (not post-dated).

Method #3: Phone
Please call 604-730-0501 with your credit card information ready. 

* Cheques must be received by BCPA by November 13th, 2017. Seating is very limited and we highly recommended registering online to ensure your seat.


About the Workshop:

DSM-5 (a) avoids defining addiction (referring only to
the generic “Substance Use Disorders”), (b) includes the
following degrees of such disorders — mild, moderate, and
severe, (c) expands the “addiction” umbrella for the first time
to include non-substance (behavioral) addictions, beginning
with gambling, (d) suggests the likelihood that other such
addictions will soon be added (e.g., Internet, videos, sex,
eating/obesity), (e) fields claims from important psychiatric
figures that this document is not sufficiently rooted in
neuroscience. Psychologists must be prepared for a new
— but shifting — concept of addiction, so as to be true
to psychological theory and evidence-based techniques,
responsive to the range of clinical addictive problems clients
may present, and make use of the soundest scientific
concepts. Stanton Peele’s workshop will address these

Significant new developments as well as controversies have taken place in psychopharmacology during the past few years. Medical students choosing psychiatry as a specialty have dropped by 50% in the past 10 years; with fewer psychiatrists, more prescribing now occurs in primary care. This necessitates more training in this area for both non-prescribing psychological and health care professionals to facilitate collaboration with both psychiatrists and primary care prescribers. 

This workshop addresses: 

  • "What the drug companies don’t want you to know" – pluses and minuses of the role played by “Big Pharma”
  • Cannabis pros and cons
  • Potential problems with suicidality in children, teenagers and young adults treated with antidepressants
  • New problems identified with the use of melatonin
  • New diagnostic criteria for bipolar spectrum disorders (DSM-5 and ICD-10/11)
  • Empirically derived treatment guidelines for major depression
  • Experimental treatments for PTSD
  • New studies on over-the-counter products such as St. John’s Wort, Omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, melatonin, chamomile and SAM-e
  • The role of psychotropic drugs in protecting and healing the brain (neuro-protection)

Learning Objectives:

Following this session, participants will be able to…

  1. Develop better skills related to diagnosing psychiatric disorders and understand the five major factors that commonly derail treatment
  2. Become familiar with new approaches to the medication treatments of common disorders
  3. To appreciate the limitations of pharmacologic treatments and the need for integrated approaches (combined use of medications and psychotherapy)
  4. To understand the use of over-the-counter products and their limitations

About the Presenter:

John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP is professor emeritus with Alliant International University; Sacramento campus. He has also taught on the faculty of UC Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Preston is a psychotherapist but has also taught psychopharmacology and neuroscience classes for the past 37 years. He is the author or co-author of twenty-two books, five of which are psychopharmacology texts. He is the  recipient of the California Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Psychology Award and the Mental Health Association’s President’s Award. Dr. Preston has lectured in the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe, and Russia. States, Canada, Africa, Europe, and Russia.

This course is worth 6 CPA Continuing Education Credits.


Important Information for Attendees:

  • Workshop fee includes handouts, morning & afternoon coffee, and lunch.
  • Remember to sign out to obtain CE credits for this course.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing by November 13th, 2017. A 20% administration fee will be deducted from all refunds. No refunds will be given after November 13th, 2017.


Mandatory for Online Registrants:

Mandatory: those who are registering online must also complete this survey as part of their registration - 

November 17th, 2017 9:00 AM   through   4:30 PM
Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre
711 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2
Registration Fee:
BCPA Members/Affiliates ($197.40 including GST) $ 188.00
Non-Members ($270.90 including GST) $ 258.00