News Release

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043 or

Seminar for Medical, Mental Health and School Professionals

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Clinical Presentation, Assessment Strategies and Treatment Planning

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — A seminar for medical, mental health and school professionals entitled “Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents” will be held October 17, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Doubletree Hotel, 1900 Pavilion Drive, Virginia Beach.

The program will highlight key issues in assessment and treatment of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents, including: how the condition manifests clinically, how it appears different in children versus adults, how to use specialized self-report and parent-report measures to aid in differential diagnosis, and how to use cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to address the specific needs of children and adolescents dealing with bipolar disorder. The presentation will include recent innovations in assessment and treatment developed by some of the leading research groups investigating the condition.

Featured presenter is Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D., a teacher, researcher, licensed psychologist and parent. He currently is associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Youngstrom specializes in the relationship of emotions and psycho-pathology and the clinical assessment of children and families. He also is the principal investigator on a five-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

The seminar is co-presented by CHKD, The Barry Robinson Center and Eastern Virginia Medical School’s department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. All participants will receive a continuing education certificate for 5.5 hours.

There is a $45 registration fee, which includes morning coffee/tea and lunch. For more information or to register, call Elliott Levin, CHKD, (757) 668-7932 or register online at