2020 NCPS Annual Conference

The NCPS Professional Education Committee, along with our President, met this afternoon and due to the recent developments with the COVID-19 Coronavirus and escalation in recommendations and restrictions put in place by the state, counties and universities, we have decided to postpone our 60th Annual Meeting & Scientific Program scheduled for this weekend, March 13-15, 2020.

Given all that we know, we are putting priority on the health and wellness of our members, speakers, exhibitors, and the public at large by choosing to not hold this in person conference at this time.

We are working with the venue on possible future dates to transfer this conference schedule to and will be in touch once we have more information. We understand that you may not be available for a future date, but it is our hope that it will work out for most of you and we will address this on a case by case basis. If you have already cancelled due to concerns over this heatlh crisis, we will honor your registration rate for a future date once it is determined. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this difficult time and explore contingencies that work to minimize the liability for all involved.

Registration includes:*

  • 60th Annual Celebration Friday Night Welcome Reception
  • Resident Vignette Competition/Extended seated lunch 
  • Cocktail Reception Saturday evening
  • General Session and Panel Presentations on Saturday & Sunday
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday and  Sunday (*Please note you are free to explore Monterey for dinner options)
  • Opportunity to network with exhibitors and colleagues 

Conference Fees

Levels Standard Rate
Feb. 01 - Mar. 12
General Members $375.00
Early Career Psych.'s (ECP's) Members $275.00
Residents & Medical Students $99.00
Retired/Spouse/Guest w/no CME $275.00
Non-Member $525.00

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 info@ncps.org or call (415) 334-2418.  

General Registration Rate
Expires 03/15/2020


Ronald Albucher

Ronald Albucher

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 Bartley

Christopher Bartley

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 Bentzley

Brandon Bentzley

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 Firestone

Marvin Firestone

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...

Adina Fischer

Adina Fischer

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...

Anna Glezer

Anna Glezer

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/...

Rona Hu

Rona Hu

Dr. Hu is Medical Director of the Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit at Stanford Hospital, specializing in the care of those with serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar and depression. She completed medical school and residency in...

Shaili Jain

Shaili Jain

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

James Lake

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...

Descartes Li

Descartes Li

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...

Jose Maldonado

Jose Maldonado

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

Kathy Orellana

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

Tracy Peng

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 Philip

Erin Philip

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

Sudha Prathikanti

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...

James Reich

James Reich

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...

David Spiegel

David Spiegel

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

Gary Tsai

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

9:00-10:00a    TBD

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

Exhibit * Sponsor * Advertise

We are excited about this milestone year event and we have some special things planned for this 60th celebration!

  • Our members are receiving a ‘Member Thank You Promotional Early Bird Rate’ of ONLY $99!
  • We are adding a Family Room with live-streaming presentations for those members attending with young children or infants.
  • We are kicking off the conference with a Friday evening 60th Celebration Welcome Reception with Exhibitors, which will include appetizers, drinks, games, and prizes
  • We are adding Daily Incentive Drawings to visit exhibit booths
These are all sure to boost our early career and general member attendance and provide a festive and accommodating atmosphere.
In addition, we support our resident/fellow members by offering FREE or deeply discounted registration and lodging stipends in order to help them attend.
This flagship event is a wonderful opportunity to connect with our diverse membership and showcase:
  • career opportunities
  • practice support services
  • latest research in treatment modalities or psychopharmacology
We strive to make this as engaging and productive as possible for both attendees and our partner exhibitors and sponsors.
As a reminder, we have other opportunities for partnering throughout the year, such as our Annual Psychiatric Career Symposium in January and our single day Fall Conference and Psychopharmacology Updates in the fall, as well as live webinars and newsletter/social media recognition and advertising. If you think you may participate in more than one event with us in 2020, please consider a 2020 Annual Partnership to bundle your benefits for the greatest value and impact.
CLICK HERE for Annual Meeting Prospectus       
As always, THANK YOU for your continued support of NCPS. We could not offer such quality programs without you.

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay | March 13 - 15, 2020

Room Rates:
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.

  • 42” Energy Star LCD flat-screen television
  • Ceiling fans
  • Data port
  • Hypoallergenic bedding
  • Hair dryers
  • In-Room safe
  • In-Room high-speed wireless or wired Internet access*
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Guest voicemail
  • Keurig® Coffee Maker, featuring coffee & tea services
  • Makeup mirrors
  • On-demand movies*
  • Organic bath amenities
  • Pressed linens
  • Refrigerator
  • Robes
  • Wooden luggage racks
  • Work desks
  • Connecting rooms
  • Pack N' Play
  • Dental kits
  • Dog bed
  • Dog treat
  • Dog bowl
  • Ear plugs
  • Down pillows
  • Feather down
  • Men's & women's toiletries
  • Microwave
  • Rollaway
  • Same-day laundry & dry cleaning service*
  • Shave kits
  • Turn down service


  • THE CLUB ROOM: A standout among breakfast restaurants in Monterey, CA, The Club Room features a European breakfast buffet daily with made to order omelets, assorted pastries, bottomless mimosas and more. Dine in our bustling, fireside dining room or dine al-fresco on our outdoor pet-friendly heated patio. Reserve our wine-inspired private dining room for a special occasion or intimate get together. Learn more about The Club Room.
  • JACKS MONTEREY: Our new restaurant and lobby bar welcomes patrons for lunch and dinner in the redesigned atrium lobby. Enjoy Chef Danny Abbruzzese's “California Cultural Cuisine” which reflects the melting pot of ethnicities that is exemplified in both California and America. The result is a wide-ranging, palate-pleasing menu of different flavor profiles unique to cultures from around the world, all created with sustainably conscious ingredients found throughout Monterey County. Learn more about Jacks Monterey.
  • PETER B’S BREWPUB: Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub is the perfect place for enjoying a cold beer and delicious pub food, relaxing on the pet-friendly patio with fire pits or watching the game on one of our 18 HDTVs. Make new memories with friends and family when you explore Peter B’s Brewpub, a highlight in Monterey dining. Learn more about Peter B's Brewpub.
  • PEET’S COFFEE: Portola Hotel & Spa is proud to offer our guests and locals a Peet's Coffee in downtown Monterey near Fisherman's Wharf. Peet's Coffee sources directly from the world's finest estates, hand-roasting to order in small batches and making sure every cup is brewed as fresh and full-flavored as possible. Our Peet's provides a relaxing environment for our guests to enjoy coffee, tea, artisan pastries, sandwiches and more. Learn more about Peet's Coffee.

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.


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