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William Young, MD & Ronald Kaiser, PhD, ABPP - Migraine from the physician's and psychologist's perspective: What do mental health professionals need to know?

  • 06/22/2015
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Mitchell Auditorium, Drexel University - Bossone Research Center, 3120-24 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Migraine is the seventh most disabling medical condition. It affects approximately 12 percent of the population. Chronic migraine is a form of migraine with headaches that occur more than half the days, often daily and sometimes continuously. It occurs in about 2% of the population and is in general much more disabling than episodic migraine. Both types of migraine are co- morbidly associated with various medical and psychological disorders, including anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. Mental health professionals are likely to see clients with migraine, or may be referred migraine patients to better control their migraines or manage their comorbid psychiatric disorders. Some migraine patients may benefit from biofeedback, CBT, and other treatment modalities.

CE Objectives

After attending this workshop the learner will be able to:

  1. Explain to clients how migraine is diagnosed, describe common myths about the causes of migraines, list ways to coordinate care with medical professionals through the collection of prospective data useful for differential diagnosis and treatment planning
  2. Identify comorbid psychological and medical conditions associated with migraines
  3. Explain the ways that migraine is a stigmatized condition that can be a barrier to healthcare and describe the factors that determine the extent of the stigma
  4. List the evidence-based psychological treatments for migraine, and describe ways and resources to help their clients’ manage their migraine disease

About Dr. Young

William B. Young, MD, FAHS, FAAN is a board-certified neurologist. He is Professor of Neurology, Director of the In-Patient Program at the Jefferson Headache Center and member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Young is a graduate of Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He interned at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and completed a residency in neurology at Tufts University School of Medicine and The New England School of Medicine in Boston. Dr. Young is a fellow of the American Headache Society, American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He is President of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy. He is a graduate of the Palatucci Advocacy program of the American Academy of Neurology. He is also a peer reviewer for Cephalalgia, Headache, and Neurology. Dr. Young’s publications include many peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and miscellaneous publications. His special interests include posttraumatic headache, treatment of intractable migraine, migraine stigma, and migraine phenomenology.

About Dr. Kaiser

Ronald S. Kaiser, Ph.D., ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Thomas Jefferson University. He is Chief Psychologist at the Jefferson Headache Center where he also has his private practice. Dr. Kaiser earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. is in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been president of three professional organizations in Pennsylvania and was the first Chairman of the Behavioral Issues section of the American Headache Society. Dr. Kaiser is listed in the National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology and is board-certified in Forensic Psychology. He has given workshops locally, nationally, and internationally in the fields of headache, positive psychology, and the psychological and vocational impact of physical injury. Dr. Kaiser is author or co-author of many peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in books and online publications. His work at the Jefferson Headache Center has led to the development of Goal-Achieving Psychotherapy, a practical approach to using positive psychology concepts in helping patients develop strategies for overcoming the impairing effects of headaches and other disorders.

Target Audience

This presentation is intended for mental health professionals, researchers, and graduate students. The instructional level of this presentation is introductory.

Continuing Education

Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This program provides two (2) hours of CE credits. PBTA is also an authorized provider for CE credits for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.

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