New England
Educational Institute
A Leader in Continuing Education
for Mental Health Professionals
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Santa Fe, NM
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New England
Educational Institute

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25th Annual Santa Fe Symposia

Becoming a Master Clinician: Diagnosis, Drugs, and Existential Psychotherapy

- S. Nassir Ghaemi, M.D., M.P.H.
October 27 - 29, 2017, Santa Fe, NM

Program & Presenter

S. Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, Director of the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center and a Clinical Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He is Founding Editor of the monthly newsletter, The Psychiatry Letter, and author of many books and scientific articles, including A First-Rate Madness, a New York Times Best Seller, The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model, and A Clinician’s Guide to Statistics and Epidemiology in Mental Health. His main expertise is in depression and bipolar illness, psychopharmacology, and philosophy.

Symposium Description

In this course, participants will learn advanced clinical approaches to diagnosing and differentiating clinical presentations of anxiety, depression, bipolar, and personality disorders. Differential diagnosis will be emphasized, and decision-making about treatment with medications and/or psychotherapies, and which specific ones, will be discussed in detail. The presentation will be very interactive, and consistently clinical and related to concrete cases. Emphasis will be placed on a little understood and used approach: the existential/humanistic methods of psychotherapy. The overall approach will be an integrated way of thinking about mental health practice that goes beyond simplicities of DSM definitions, FDA-indication based use of drugs and eclectic psychotherapies. A more integrative approach will be offered that is scientific without being reductionistic and humanistic without being vague.

Symposium Schedule


  • Diagnosis: History, weakness and strength of DSM-based diagnosis/Drugs: Common approaches to drug treatment of anxiety, mood, and personality


  • Existential and other psychotherapies: An existential/humanistic approach to psychotherapies will be explored in detail/Advanced clinical case discussion about different approaches to psychotherapies of anxiety, mood, and personality


  • Concepts of mental health and illness: Critique of reductionistic approaches (biological and psychological) as well as eclectic approaches (e.g. biopsychosocial model)