Friday, April 24, 2020
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Adelphi University – Hauppauge Center
, 55 Kennedy Drive

Hauppauge, NY


9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.





Depressed, Borderline, or Bipolar? Treatment and Diagnosis Workshop

Patients who remain mired in depression, despite treatment with multiple medications, often have undiagnosed bipolar illness. This seminar will provide clinicians with a method to distinguish bipolar patients from those with depression, borderline personality, and ADHD. Clinicians will learn why, despite widespread use, antidepressants and antipsychotics should not form the foundation of treatment for bipolar illness. Dr. Quinn will discuss empirically-tested psychosocial therapies and potent non-pharmacologic treatments for those with bipolar disorder. Clinicians will learn how to recognize patients at the greatest risk of completing suicide and how to intervene to reduce that risk.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn the two most important signs for identifying past episodes of hypomania
  • To learn the four lines of clinical evidence that need to be assessed to make an accurate diagnosis
  • To learn strategies derived from empirically tested psychotherapies for helping patients with bipolar illness and their families
  • To become familiar with the evidence showing why mood stabilizers and not antidepressants should form the foundation of treatment for bipolar depression

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About the Speaker

Brian Quinn, LCSW, PhD, author of Wiley Concise Guides to Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder and The Depression Sourcebook, 2nd ed., is a clinical social worker in private practice in Huntington, New York. 

He earned his master’s degree in social work at the University of Chicago and his PhD in clinical social work at New York University. He has a post-graduate certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center.

Dr. Quinn has given seminars on depression and bipolar disorder at hospitals, graduate schools of social work, state societies for clinical social work, and to hundreds of clinicians in the United States.


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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