We are excited to bring you the 60th Annual Meeting and Scientific Program in Monterey, California at the Portola Hotel & Spa. We look forward to a great meeting in 2020, as we plan our lineup of topics and speakers and networking opportunities.
Come be part of this milestone year experience with us. We look forward to your participation at our 60th year event.
Friday, March 13 - Saturday, March 15, 2020
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
2 Portola Plaza
Monterey, California 93940
Feb. 01 - Mar. 12
|Early Career Psych.'s (ECP's) Members||$275.00|
|Residents & Medical Students||$99.00|
|Retired/Spouse/Guest w/no CME||$275.00|
To register now, CLICK HERE
Please note that online registration will be closed on March 11, 2020. All registrations after March 11 will only be accepted onsite.
Conference registration cancellations must be received in writing on or before February 28, 2020 to receive a full refund minus a $35.00 administration fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after February 28.
If you have any questions regarding your registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 334-2418.
General Registration Rate
Dr. Ronald Albucher is the former Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Stanford University Medical School’ s Department of Psychiatry. His undergraduate training was at University...
Christopher M. Bartley graduated cum laude from the Yale School of Medicine M.D./Ph.D. program in 2015 with a doctorate in neurobiology. After joining UCSF’s general adult psychiatry training program, he was awarded the Outstanding Resident Award by...
Brandon received his bachelors in physics from The College of New Jersey. Upon graduating he spent a year conducting plasma physics research in a joint project between Princeton University and NASA. Brandon then turned his interests to addiction...
Marvin H. Firestone, MD, JD, FCLM, is a Past President of the American College of Legal Medicine and a board certified specialist in Medical Jurisprudence by the American Board of Law in Medicine. He is a frequent lecturer at national medical law...
Dr. Fischer is a Clinical Instructor and Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University. She completed her psychiatry residency within the Research Track at Stanford after earning her MD and PhD at Dartmouth. Her doctoral research examined the acute...
Dr. Glezer began her training at Harvard and then transitioned to the University of California, San Francisco, where she has been a practicing physician on faculty with joint appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Obstetrics/...
Dr. Jain serves as Medical Director for Integrated Care & Section Chief for Outpatient Mental Health at the VA Palo Alto HealthCare System. She is a Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford...
James Lake is a Board-certified psychiatrist practicing on the central California coast, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at University of Arizona School of Medicine, and the author of 5 textbooks and 10 self-help books on integrative...
Dr. Descartes Li is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, Weill Institute for Neurosciences. He is the Director of the UCSF Bipolar Program and has many years of experience in working with individuals with...
Dr. Maldonado is Medical Director of Psychosomatic Medicine and Chief of Psychiatric Emergency Services and Transplant Psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Forensic...
Kathy Orellana is a Regional Director in the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Department of Government Relations. In this role, she helps APA’s district branches in the Northeast and on the West Coast influence state policy to improve the...
Tracy Peng, MD has been an integrative psychiatrist at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine since 2005. She has special interest in using meditation and mindfulness-based approaches in psychotherapy with patients with anxiety and depression....
Erin Berry Philp is the Director of State Government Relations at the American Psychiatric Association. She is an attorney with experience in both legislative matters and political law. Her background includes drafting and analyzing state and...
Sudha Prathikanti, MD, is Board-certified in Adult Psychiatry, a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, and a certified Ayurvedic practitioner. At the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, she founded both the...
After many years working in various universities I returned to my home in San Francisco. I still do teaching at UCSF (Clinical Professor) and Stanford (Consulting Professor) but I earn my living in the outpatient treatment of anxiety and depressive...
Dr. David Spiegel is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine,...
Gary Tsai, M.D. is the Interim Director, Medical Director and Science Officer for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Control, a division of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. In this role, he is responsible for leading a full...
Please see the tentative schedule below. More details will be added as they are finalized.
Friday, March 13, 2020
1:00-1:45p Executive Council Meeting (Closed)
1:45-2:45p General Council Meeting (open to members, please RSVP)
3:00p Registration Opens
5:00 - 7:00p Welcome Reception ~ Celebrating Our Milestone 60th Annual Conference
Saturday, March 14, 2020
7:30a Registration Opens & Breakfast
8:30-9:00a Welcome & Conference Introduction ~ Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH
10:00-11:00a Management of Bipolar Disorder ~ Descartes Li, MD
11:00-11:30p Morning Break & Visit with Exhibitors
11:30-12:30p Keynote Speaker
Psychopharmacological Emergencies: When Prescribing Side Effects May be Lethal ~ Jose Maldonado, MD, FAPM
12:30-2:00p Box Lunch Documentary Viewing with Q&A Discussion ~ Gary Tsai, MD
Voices: an award-winning documentary that features the stark and intimate portraits of three very different individuals and their stuggle with severe mental illness in America
2:00-2:30p Afternoon Break & Visit with Exhibitors
2:30p-2:45p Exhibitor Bingo Drawings (must be present to win)
2:45-4:00p Integrative Psychiatry Panel:
Intro to Theory & Clinical Practical Issues ~ James Lake, MD
Investigating Ayurveda in the Genomics Era: A Brief Research Review ~ Sudra Prathikanti, MD
Practical Cases in Integrative Psychiatry ~ Tracy Peng, MD
4:00-5:00p Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy ~ Ronald Albucher, MD
5:00-6:00p Networking Reception & Visit with Exhibitors
Sunday, March 15, 2020
7:30-8:30a Breakfast Buffet & Caucus Table Meetings
8:30 -10:00a Research Frontiers in Psychiatry:
Autoantibody Discovery in Psychotic Disorders: Then and Now ~ Christopher Bartley, MD, PhD
Problematic Cannabis in Youth/Young Adults ~ Adina Fischer, MD, PhD
SAINT: Rapid and Highly Effective Remission from Depression ~ Brandon Bentzley, MD, PhD
10:00-11:00a The Future of PTSD Treatment ~ Shaili Jain, MD
11:00-11:30a Morning Break & Visit with Exhibitors
11:30a - 12:30p Keynote Speaker
Tranceformations: Hypnosis in Brain and Body ~ David Spiegel, MD
12:30–2:00p Seated Lunch/Resident Vignette Competition
2:00–3:00p Why Legislators Need to Hear From Psychiatrists: Evoking Change at the State & Local Level
Erin Berry Philip, MA, JD ~ APA Director, State Government Relations
Kathy Orellana ~ APA Regional Advocacy Director
3:00–3:30p Afternoon Break & Visit with Exhibitors
3:30–3:45p Exhibitor Bingo Drawings (must be present to win)
3:45–5:00p The Bad and the Good: Empirical Findings of What Gets Psychiatrists in Trouble with Regulators and the Law and Good Practice Suggestions
Anna Glezer, MD ~ Panelist
James Reich, MD ~ Panelist
Marv Firestone, MD, JD ~ Moderator
5:00-5:15p Closing remarks
* Schedule subject to change
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We are excited about this milestone year event and we have some special things planned for this 60th celebration!
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay | March 13 - 15, 2020
Standard room: $229.00 per night plus fees and taxes
To reserve your room, please click here https://book.passkey.com/go/NorthernCaPsychiatricSociety
You may also book directly with the hotel or for questions, please call: 1-888-222-5851 and mention the Northern California Psychiatric Society event for the group rate.
If the Portola Hotel & Spa room block is full, please see below for other nearby lodging options:
Monterey Marriott - 0.1 mile from venue – montereymarriott.com
Hotel Pacific – 0.2 miles from venue – hotelpacific.com
Merritt House Inn - 0.2 miles from venue – merritthouseinn.com
The Monterey Hotel - 0.2 miles from venue – montereyhotel.com
Colton Inn - 0.6 miles from venue – coltoninn.com
Monterey Bay Inn - 0.9 miles from venue – montereybayinn.com
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa – 1.0 mile from venue – montereyplazahotel.com
About Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
The Portola Hotel & Spa, a unique nautical-inspired Monterey Bay hotel, is surrounded by sought-after shopping and fine dining destinations, spectacular coastal trails and beaches, and the rich historical setting of Old Monterey. Our waterfront hotel overlooking Monterey Bay boasts an ideal location near Carmel by the Sea, Big Sur, Carmel Valley, 17-Mile Drive, and the world-class Pebble Beach Golf Links.
|HOTEL AMENITIES||AMENITIES UPON REQUEST:|
Thank You to Our 2020 Annual Meeting & Scientific Program Sponsors and Exhibitors
American Professional Agency, Inc
California Correctional Health Care Services
California Department of State Hospitals
Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc
NeuroStar Advanced Therapy
Professional Risk Management Services
Traditions Behavioral Health
Beauty Along the Coast
Conjuring up images of crashing surf, verdant wine valleys, charming seaside shops and buzzing street cafes, Monterey Bay has a classic, enduring appeal. Home to some of the world’s most spectacular coastline, vibrant streets of historic Cannery Row, scenic hiking trails, driving routes, glorious wine country, and pristine golf courses – Monterey is an unmatched California escape. Monterey Bay engages travelers in endless ways. And when the road beckons, visitors can take the beautiful coastal drive to neighboring destinations, such as Big Sur and Carmel, all within close proximity of the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Discover why the Monterey Bay Aquarium is consistently ranked #1 in the United States for its innovative exhibits and unsurpassed visitor experience. With a mission to inspire conservation of the oceans, the aquarium is a stunning showcase for the habitats and sea life of one of the world’s richest marine regions.
Cannery Row: Our luxury Monterey Resort is located on Historic Cannery Row. These once gritty dockside streets have been transformed into a vibrant modern, boulevard, alive with chic boutiques, upscale galleries, and over 25 restaurants and wine tasting rooms.
Adventures by the Sea: Right next door to our hotel, hotel guests enjoy complimentary bikes and can also rent kayaks, paddle boards or join an adventure tour of the area.
California's Finest Wine Tasting: As one of California’s premier wine-producing regions, wine lovers will delight in exclusive tasting rooms right on Cannery Row. Enjoy a day of wine tasting in Monterey’s Wine Country, home to over 85 vintners and growers including the nearby Carmel Valley.
Whale Watching: We’re part of a protected marine sanctuary, home to a rich marine life. Enjoy close sightings of blue, gray and humpback whales as well as dolphins and orcas in season. Visitors can enjoy whale sightings close to shore as they come to feed in the deep Monterey Submarine Canyon.
Old Fisherman's Wharf: Old Fisherman's Wharf is bustling marina at the heart of the area’s fishing industry. Sample a hot cup of clam chowder from one of the many restaurants, watch trawlers haul in the day’s catch and view the sea lions and otters frolicking in the calm inner harbor waters.
Scenic Day Trips: Explore the incredibly scenic ride along 17-Mile Drive, sojourn to charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, or visit the Big Sur, known for its epic scenery.
A Treasure Trove of History: Monterey's natural beauty has been the inspiration for artists, poets and novelists alike. Made famous by author and former resident John Steinbeck, in his famous book Cannery Row in 1945, there is a treasure trove of history to be discovered.
World's Top Golf Destination: The Monterey Peninsula is ranked the number-one golf destination in the world by Golf Digest Magazine. From the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links to the oldest golf course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi, Monterey County entices golf aficionados with some of the finest fairways in the world.
Hike the Valleys: Plan a day trip to Jacks Peak in Monterey or Garland Park in Carmel Valley, where you can explore dense forests, open meadows and paths alongside the Carmel River. Or head out to Big Sur, where meandering trails wind enticingly along the coast.
Beachfront Bike Trails: Bicyclists adore Monterey Bay, with miles of bike lanes, waterfront trails and off-road tracks. We offer complimentary bicycles, perfect to cruise along the scenic Monterey Coastal Recreation Trail, stretching 18 miles from Castroville to Pacific Grove. Along the way, you can stop for a bite to eat at Fisherman’s Wharf, or visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.