WSPA 2019 Fall Conference

Interventional Psychiatry: A practical introduction to modern ECT, rTMS, and ketamine antidepressant therapy for established psychiatric providers

Saturday, October 19, 2019
8:00 AM–12:00 PM
Swedish Medical Center–Cherry Hill Campus, James Tower Educational Conference Center
500 17th Ave | Seattle, WA 98122

This training is jointly-provided by the American Psychiatric Association and the Washington State Psychiatric Association.  

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Do you want to grow your knowledge base and skills on the subject of interventional psychiatry? This program seeks to educate general practice psychiatrists in the state of Washington in the current understanding of interventional psychiatry–both well-established treatments like ECT, as well as emerging treatments like TMS and ketamine. It will utilize a large group format, as well as panel discussion. 

The practice of modern Psychiatry continues to evolve with the growing availability of novel pharmacological therapies as well as nonpharmacological, brain stimulation techniques aimed at modulating dysfunctional brain circuitry. Interventional psychiatry (IP) is an emerging subspecialty that includes expertise in novel mechanisms of psychotropic delivery, for example via intravenous or intranasal routes, as well as the use of brain stimulation techniques, such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy (rTMS), for the treatment various neuropsychiatric conditions.  This course will serve as an introductory primer focusing on the fundamental aspects of ECT, rTMS, and ketamine antidepressant therapy for established psychiatric providers.  Through completion of this course, participants will understand how to incorporate these modalities into their treatment planning for patients as well as developed skills around: 

  1. Formulating appropriate referrals,
  2. Providing both accurate and effective pre-treatment counseling in anticipation of referral,
  3. Acknowledging and discussing stigma associated with these treatments towards enhancing openness to referral.

Featured Presenters

Brandon Kitay, MD
Psychiatrist, Director of Education–Interventional Psychiatry Service, Yale-New Haven Hospital/Yale School of Medicine, New Haven CT

Panel Members:

Anna Borsikavaya, MD
Psychiatrist, Director of ECT Service–VA Puget Sound Health Care System (Seattle Division), Seattle WA

Joshua Bess, MD
Psychiatrist, Medical Director–Seattle Neuropsychiatric Treatment Center, Seattle WA

Zachary Fisk, MD
Anesthesiologist, Managing Director–Acute Pain Therapies, Bellevue WA


Time Activity
7:00–8:00 am Registration & Exhibits
8:00–8:15 am Welcome/Introductions
8:15–9:00 am ECT Overview
9:00–10:00 am TMS Overview
10:00–10:15 am Break & Exhibits
10:15–11:00 am Ketamine Overview
11:00–11:15 am Break & Exhibits
11:15–12:00 pm Panel–Clinical Case Discussion


Learning Objectives

  • Define “Interventional Psychiatry” (IP) and understand its role in current clinical psychiatric practice. Participants will be able to describe the attributes of an "Interventional Psychiatry Service (IPS)" that may be adapted to various settings of clinical psychiatric care. 
  • Understand the fundamental mechanistic and technical aspects of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) therapy, and ketamine antidepressant therapy. Participants will become familiar with the current evidence base regarding therapeutic efficacy and the risk/benefit profile for each treatment modality towards understanding appropriate indications for referral. 
  • Describe practical clinical aspects of IP treatments including: pre-procedure counseling/work-up, elements of safe and effective procedure administration, post-procedure evaluation, and the role of the “outpatient psychiatrist” during various phases of treatment. 
  • Discuss the role of outpatient psychiatrists in mitigating stigma around- and enhancing access to- IP treatments.


Members: $105
Non-Member Physicians: $130
Nurses/Non-Physicians: $85
Psychiatry Residents (ID required): Free
Non-Psychiatry Residents (ID required): $25

You may opt to sponsor a resident for an additional $40

Registration Coming Soon

Live vs. Virtual Attendance

Unable to attend in person? Access the meeting virtually via GoToWebinar. Registrants who select the virtual option will be provided with instructions on accessing the meeting prior to October 19. If you have any questions about this option, email the WSPA Office. We strongly suggest only using this option if you are unable to travel to Seattle and are comfortable using the technology.

Cancelation Policy

Cancellations submitted in writing on or before 10/03/2019 will receive a refund less a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 10/03/2019.


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