2018 Psychiatry & Psychopharmacology

Las Vegas, NV • October 18 - 20, 2018

We welcome Physicians, Nurses, Case Managers, Family Therapists, Social Workers and PAs to this one of a kind conference focusing on cutting edge treatments for depression, anxiety, PTSD, panic, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, insomnia, ADHD, and psychosis.

Conference Details

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Conference Chair
Stephen V. Sobel, MD

Alan P. Agins, PhD

Program Manager
Sylvia Ortega-Jones
Contemporary Forums

Conference Objectives

By attending this conference, you will learn pearls, pearls, and more pearls about what you need to know now about how to:

  • Apply the 7 keys of successful psychopharmacology.
  • Understand how to successfully end suicidal thinking.
  • Identify the essential psychopharmacology of antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anxiolytics, antipsychotics and more.
  • Successfully utilize cutting edge treatments for depression, anxiety, PTSD, panic, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, insomnia, and psychosis.
  • Develop strategies to deal with the physical and psychological aspects of eating disorders.
  • Recognize the key symptoms and successfully treat ADD and ADHD.
  • Use cognitive behavioral therapy modified for primary care appointments.

Why You Should Attend

  • Listen to nationally-renowned speakers, Alan P. Agins, PhD, the “teaching” pharmacologist, and Stephen V. Sobel, MD, an award-winning, full-time practicing psychiatrist treating patients on the front line.
  • Receive a complimentary copy of the critically acclaimed best seller, Successful Psychopharmacology: Evidence-Based Treatment Solutions for Achieving Remission by Stephen V. Sobel, MD.
  • Engage with highly knowledgeable experts who “walk the talk” and enthusiastically invite interaction and discussion to enhance your learning experience. Interesting cases and clinical challenges will offer insight into possible approaches and fresh perspectives.
  • Advance your knowledge through a variety of learning formats, including didactic lectures, interactive sessions, faculty Q&A panels, and lively case study discussions.
  • A chance to engage your colleagues by networking and socializing throughout your conference stay.

Who Should Attend?

We invite all primary care providers including:

  • Physicians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical Psychotherapists
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers

Conference Faculty

Stephen V. Sobel, MD
Conference Chair
Clinical Instructor, University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Author of Successful Psychopharmacology: Evidence-Based Treatment Solutions for Achieving Remission
Private Practice of Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry
Carlsbad, California

Stephen V. Sobel, M.D. graduated with Honors from Duke University and Vanderbilt University Medical School, and completed an Internship in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University prior to moving to San Diego, where he completed a Residency in Psychiatry at UC San Diego. Dr. Sobel is in the private practice of Psychiatry in Carlsbad, CA with special interests in the treatment of Depression, Mania, Anxiety Disorders, Self-Esteem Issues, OCD, PTSD, Eating Disorders, and ADD/ADHD. Dr. Sobel also has an interest in Sports Psychiatry He has been asked to serve as a Consulting Psychiatrist for the NFL, the San Diego Chargers, Major League Baseball, the San Diego Padres, and the American Hockey League San Diego Gulls. Dr. Sobel is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Supervising Psychiatrist for the award winning UCSD Free Clinic for the Homeless. Due to his expertise and experience, Dr. Sobel is asked to teach across the United States, Canada, and Europe and has lectured to tens of thousands of physicians and therapists about the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Psychopharmacology, Behavioral Medicine, and Suicide. Dr. Sobel has been honored by the United States Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress as Teacher of the Year, the only clinician ever so honored. He is the author of the highly acclaimed, Successful Psychopharmacology: Evidence-Based Treatment Solutions for Achieving Remission.

Rave Reviews:

• Dr. Sobel’s knowledge and mastery of the subject is excellent! He is clearly an expert in his field and a leader in Medicine with the ability to bring research to clinical level medicine.”

• “Dr. Sobel is a gifted educator, the best at this conference! I rearranged my whole schedule just to be able to hear him again.”

• “Dr. Sobel has a remarkable ability to describe neurobiology and the mechanisms of action of medications and he makes it clear how to achieve his stated goal of remission for mental health disorders. With straightforward, un-common sense and evident compassion for his patients, he provides templates for using medications so those who prescribe can find their way through the maze of choices to serve the patient most effectively.”

• “This excellent book demonstrates why Dr. Sobel is so highly regarded in professional circles. It paves a solid pathway through which to regain that functional state that would otherwise elude the individual suffering from this medical problem.”

• This is the most well written and useful psychopharmacology text I have read. This book itself acts as an anxiolytic calming my own doubts and fortifying my confidence and knowledge. While user friendly, it is not an overnight read. It is a manual to refer to over and over. It helped turn some of my apprehension into fun.

Alan P. Agins, PhD
President: PRN Associates, Ltd.
Continuing Healthcare Education
Tucson, Arizona

Dr. Alan P. Agins received a Masters in Pharmacology & Toxicology and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. He has held faculty appointments at Brown University Medical School, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy and University of Virginia School of Nursing. During his tenure at Brown, Dr. Agins was the recipient of the Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for five consecutive years. Over the past twenty-two years, Dr. Agins has lectured nationally on all topics of pharmacology to more than 88,000 advanced practice clinicians and allied healthcare professionals. He has authored three books, co-authored textbook chapters and has served as primary reviewer for various journals, CE monographs, textbooks and newsletters, and has presented more than 300 live CE webinars to pharmacists for AMN Healthcare over the past 9 years. Dr. Agins recently developed and launched a continuing education website, Pharmacology One-on-One (pharm1on1.com) featuring engaging studio-produced, high def streaming videos on various pharmacology topics. 

The “take-home-message” that Dr. Agins attempts to instill is to adopt a profound respect for, but also cautious attitude about drugs - what they can do…and what their limitations are.  After many years “on the road” and every conceivable pharmacology question from his audiences, Dr. Agins maintains a great sense of humor and wit, as well as a unique talent for breathing life into dry or difficult subject matter.  His goal is to make this course memorable, informative and enjoyable for everyone who attends.

Rave Reviews:

• Amazingly knowledgeable and up to date information! Dr. Alan Agins was very informative and entertaining! He made it fun to learn! Kevin Harriger, APRN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC Gering, Nebraska

• Excellent faculty. Great combination of clinical knowledge paired with pharmacology. Presented in a very understandable format. What a great conference delivered by excellent speakers. I may not practice each subject we learned every day, but it was a great refresher course. Looking forward to attending the other days I missed in the future. -Maritess Morales, FNP-c, Berkeley, Ca.

• I have been in practice for over 20 years. I have attended many sessions on pharmacology for advanced practice clinicians in the past. Dr. Agins is terrific. Excellent conference!” Dr. Corranda Kosciolek, MSN, FNP-BC, DHA Temecula, CA

• I had been looking for a well-rounded comprehensive pharm review and this course exceeded my expectations. I'm already looking forward to repeating their course in a few years - there is that much information!! I've been an NP for 12-years and cannot get over how much I (re)learned!! LaNora Cook MSN, FNP, Visalia, CA.

• The best information on pharmacology in a conference format and the most entertaining. You won't be disappointed. Laura Schwartz, MSN, FNP El Sobrante, CA

Sylvia Ortega-Jones
Program and Conference Manager
Contemporary Forums

Host City: Las Vegas, Nevada

Dazzling Location                     

Viva Las Vegas!  It’s impossible to resist the excitement of the neon lights, the shrieks of delight from jackpot winners, and the glitz and glamour of the hotels on the strip. A Disneyland for adults? You bet … and Las Vegas is so much more and constantly evolving. Dine at restaurants inspired by the world’s greatest collection of chefs--Wolfgang Puck, Guy Fieri, Gordon Ramsey, Bobby Flay and Nobu Matsuhisa, just to name a few. Treat yourself to a world-class show, including a choice of Cirque du Soleil productions, Absinthe, a can't-miss circus-style spectacular, the Blue Man Group or an ever-changing variety of celebrity performers at Caesars Palace, MGM Resorts, Hard Rock Café, Pearl Concert Theater and T-Mobile Arena.

Discover a transformative experience at the Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa, a non-gaming, non-smoking hotel. The outstanding location, just one block from the famous strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, enables you to be as close to (or as far from) the action as you'd like to be. Settle in to your refined, intuitively designed guest room, which offers modern amenities and the signature Westin Heavenly® Bed. Enjoy a delicious meal at Jake & Eli, maintain your healthy lifestyle with a visit to the WestinWORKOUT® fitness studio, a treatment at Hibiscus Spa and Salon, or take time to explore the strip and the surrounding area; the hotel is steps away from some of the most exciting things to do in Las Vegas!

You’ll want to take in Las Vegas’ newest attraction, the LINQ Promenade.  This dining, shopping and entertainment complex features a 550 foot observation wheel right in the heart of the Strip.  The views of the Las Vegas valley are spectacular! The LINQ is the first Las Vegas destination resort designed to appeal to the socially motivated traveler, with direct access to unique and authentic attractions, shopping and dining experiences all encompassed in one urban entertainment district. Highlights include the famed restaurants Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, Hash House A-Go-Go and the Nook Café. The LINQ has the largest and finest collection of antique, classic, muscle, race, exotic and special interest automobiles in the world—$100 million worth—and most are for sale!

World-class dining, internationally-known boutiques, award-winning golf courses, savvy nightclubs and European-style spas are calling you to this glittering city, known as “Vegas!”  Join your colleagues for our Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology conference and enjoy all of the fun in the city that never sleeps.  For more information, call the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at (702) 892-7575 or go online to www.visitlasvegas.com.


  • The conference will be held at the The Westin Las Vegas, 160 East Flamingo Road Las Vegas, NV, 89109. A limited block of rooms is being held for you and your guests at special group rates which will be in effect, based on room availability, from October 18 through October 20, 2018 for those wishing to extend their stay to enjoy area activities or qualify for discount airfares.
  • Rates: $ 139.00 single/double
  • Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.
    Daily Resort fee of $29 – see Hotel website for what this includes.
  • Attendees will make reservations directly with the Hotel via a direct web link or the telephone call center. Attendees may call the Hotel at 866-837-4215 on or before the cut-off date. Individuals must identify themselves as part of the Contemporary Forums 2018 Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology Conference to receive the special Group rate. If reservation is guaranteed to a credit card, the first night’s guestroom and tax charge, per guestroom, will be billed immediately to the cardholder’s account.
  • All reservations made via the Telephone Call Center will be assessed a fee of $15 per reservation. This fee will NOT apply to reservations made via the internet.
  • To reserve your room please click here
  • To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation before September 20, 2018. Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservation now. After the release date, call the hotel as rooms and group rates may no longer be available.
  • Contact the hotel regarding cancellation policy. For arrivals after 3 p.m., call the hotel on the day of travel to reconfirm reservations.
  • For additional hotel information, call the hotel at (702) 836-5900.

Travel Discounts

Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public. To obtain these special conference fares visit www.united.com or (800) 426-1122 insert Offer Code ZEFA851558Ticketing and payment can be done directly by you or through your travel agent. To ensure the best flights and times, since seats are limited, make your reservations early. Fares are guaranteed at the time of the ticket purchase.

Hertz is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference as well as one week before and after. For special rates and reservations, call HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 or (405) 749-4434, or go online at www.hertz.com and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000265. 

What's Vegas without great entertainment? We are pleased to offer exclusive savings for Contemporary Forums attendees on select Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group performances. You can access discounted Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group tickets through the links below. Through these links, discounts will be automatically applied to qualifying seats. There is no need to enter a discount or promo code.

Cirque du Soleil – www.cirk.me/cforums

Blue Man Group – www.cirk.me/bmg40 

CLICK HERE for qualifying Cirque du Soleil performances. 

Contemporary Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team


This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive up to 16 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.




Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Main Conference: 16 ANCC/ 19.2 CA BRN contact hours
Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516.
(CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes)

ANCC Certified NPs and CNSs
This course provides a maximum 12.5 pharmacotherapeutic hours toward the required 25 hours needed for ANCC recertification.

Main Conference: 16 hours
The Continuing Education Committee of the American College of Nurse-Midwives grants reciprocity status to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for Category 1 offerings, providing the program is relevant to nurse-midwifery. Nurse-Midwives may report up to the listed hours of credit.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
Main Conference: Up to 16 hours available
Rx indicates pharmacology content. Because states’ requirements vary, contact your Board of Nursing for more information.

Main Conference: 16 credits
Contemporary Forums designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 19.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.


Physician Assistants
Main Conference: 16 hours
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of the listed hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Main Conference: 16 hours
Contemporary Forums is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Contemporary Forums maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers/Marriage, Family & Child Counselors
Main Conference: 16 hours
This conference has been approved by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Provider #1975-148.

Other Professionals
Main Conference: 16 hours
You will receive a Certificate of Completion verifying your attendance at this course. Please comply with the guidelines of the appropriate boards, organizations or agencies in registering your credit.

Joint accreditation is the leading model of interprofessional collaboration that helps improve healthcare through continuing education for the team by the team.

Exhibit with contemporary forums and reach your target audience at the 2018 Psychiatry & Psychopharmacology conference.

Exhibiting at a contemporary forums conference will cost-effectively increase your brand and product visibility with your targeted customers. Your resources will be focused on an optimal, attentive, engaged audience. Contact the contemporary forums exhibit team today to learn how one of our events can help you achieve your sales and branding objectives.


  • Enhance the profile of your organization by supporting a premier healthcare conference.
  • Interact with a target audience of top healthcare specialists from around the country.
  • Create marketing and sales opportunities for both your national affiliates and global operation.

For more information about exhibit space or sponsorship, please contact exhibit@cforums.com or call (949) 398-2363 for details.

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Registration Information: 2018 Psychiatry & Psychopharmacology

Reserve your spot now! Only a $75 refundable deposit necessary. The deposit becomes non-refundable and non-transferable if balance is not paid in full at least 30 days prior to the start of conference. To guarantee Early Registration pricing, attendee must make deposit prior to the Early Registration deadline and pay balance in full at least 30 days prior to the start of conference; thereafter, Early Registration pricing will be forfeited. All other cancellation terms apply.

Registrations faxed without deposit or payment will not be processed. Conference communications are sent via email. When registering please provide attendee’s best email address as some emails are filtered and blocked. Since conference registration and hotel rooms are limited, early registration is advised.

Register Online, or by Phone, Fax or Mail (Deposit or full payment t is required to register)
Register only ONCE, online at www.ContemporaryForums.com, by mail or fax (800) 329-9923, or call (800) 377-7707, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Pacific Time). Before calling, complete all registration information.

Your tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Certificate of Completion and online access to posted presentation handouts before and after the conference.

  • To qualify for Early Registration discounts your registration must be postmarked or submitted via phone/fax/online and fees received on/before August 23, 2018.
  • Residents: To qualify, submit facility verification of status with registration.
  • New Grads (graduated 2015 or after): To qualify, submit proof of graduation date with registration.

Method of Tuition Payment
Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Purchase Order. A $30 fee is charged for any returned check. Personal checks are NOT accepted at the conference. Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, contact name, email address and phone number.

Attendance Rules
Out of consideration to registrants, children of any age and spouses may not attend the sessions. Registration may not be shared. Audio recording, video recording and livestreaming of speakers, sessions and/or attendees is strictly prohibited. Medical information presented at this conference is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.

Group Discounts (Mail, fax or call in together. Online registration is not available)
Tuition discounts are given to groups of 3 or more registering for the complete Main Conference. Discounts do not apply to the Preconference or New Grads. To qualify for the group discount, all registration information must be complete for all group members, payment included and forms sent together. If faxing, list all group members on cover sheet. Subtract the discount from the tuition fee. Groups may not be formed after individual registrations are received.
$25 per person discount for 3 or 4 in a group
$45 per person discount for 5 or more in a group

Partial Attendance (Online registration is not available)
To register, call Contemporary Forums for tuition and CE credit for individual days. Group discounts do not apply.

All cancellations will be assessed a $75 processing fee (“Fee”). Cancellations must be made in writing to info@cforums.com prior to Conference start date. Only cancellations received at least 30 days from Conference start date are eligible for refund. Attendees may use non-refunded tuition, less the Fee, towards ONE Contemporary Forums conference occurring within 12 months of original conference. ENTIRE TUITION FORFEITED FOR NO-SHOWS.

Force Majeure
Should this conference be cancelled for any reason, including but not limited to, acts of God, labor strikes, civil unrest, or acts of terrorism, Contemporary Forums’ liability is strictly limited to full refund of registration fees paid.

Program Changes
Contemporary Forums reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most current program can be found on our website.

Contact Contemporary Forums at (800) 377-7707, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Pacific Time) or email info@cforums.com.

ADA Needs and Special Requests
If you require special arrangements at this conference, call (800) 377-7707, at least 30 days prior to the conference.

Host City: Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas! It’s impossible to resist the excitement of the neon lights, the shrieks of delight from jackpot winners, and the glitz and glamour of the hotels on the strip. A Disneyland for adults? You bet … and Las Vegas is so much more and constantly evolving.


Nurses, PAs, Residents^, Others Physician New Graduate
Early Reg. Fee
(On or before August 23, 2018)
$649.00 $749.00 $425.00
Regular Reg. Fee
(After August 23, 2018)
$749.00 $849.00 $425.00