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Bi-Polar Disorder is Topic for College's Human Services Professional Institute Speaker Series

The Human Services Professional Institute (HSPI) at Montgomery College, which is designed to provide continuing education opportunities and develop partnerships with area human services agencies, will offer a seminar on Friday, October 26, focusing on bi-polar disorder.

HSPI complements the college's current human services program, which includes a two-year associate's degree and certificates for students seeking a career in social services.

During 2007-08, HSPI will offer a monthly seminar series covering a variety of relevant topics for today's human services professional. The October 26 seminar is titled “Surviving the Ups and Downs: Bi-Polar Disorder in Children, Adolescents and Adults--Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment.” Bi-Polar disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health problems In America today, impacting both children as well as adults. This seminar will address the characteristic symptoms of this mood disorder, as well as what recent research tells us about both the potential causes as well as the treatment methods found to be most effective.

The presenter is Sheri Gaines, MD, a licensed psychiatrist practicing in the Huntsville area. Gaines received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.

Objectives for this seminar include:

  • Discuss characteristic symptoms of this mood disorder
  • Describe treatment methods found to be most effective
  • Identify the issues facing practitioners in treating this mood disorder

The $38 course runs from 9 a.m.-noon, and includes a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. (when registration/check-in begins). Future seminars are in development and will be announced soon. All of the seminars will be offered at the Lone Star College System's Training and Development Center, which is located at 5000 Research Forest Drive, in The Woodlands.

CEUs offered by Montgomery College are recognized by the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals, the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Licensed Professional Counselors and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists.

For more information about HSPI and the seminar series, visit http://hspi.montgomery-college.com/. The Web site includes information about how to register for the individual seminars. Phone registration is available by calling (936) 273-7446. Interested persons may also contact Vianney Jenson, program manager, at (936) 273-7283 or e-mail Vianney.jenson@lonestar.edu.

For more information about Montgomery College, visit montgomery.lonestar.edu, or call (936) 273-7000. Montgomery College is located at 3200 College Park Drive, approximately one-quarter mile west of I-45 between Conroe and The Woodlands.

North Harris Montgomery Community College District, among the largest and fastest-growing community colleges in Texas, comprises North Harris College, Kingwood College, Tomball College, Montgomery College, Cy-Fair College, six satellite centers and The University Center.