Under Diagnosed, Under Treated, Under Discussion

NOTICE: Due to poor ecomonic conditions all events in 2008 are cancelled

dbh NeuroScience Seminars is proud to present future seminars, to be announced in 2009 on this website.  This event will be held at convenient locations, close to an airport.  History has shown that our attendees come from all over the country to attend this seminar.  We will make every effort to accommodate all attendees, provide new information, in a relaxing environment, with the ease of traveling.   

This unique 2-day presentation will provide attendees a rare opportunity for quality fully accredited, continuing education.  


Demitri Papolos, MD and Janice Papolos
Authors of "The Bipolar Child"

Demitri Papolos, MD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Program in Behavioral Genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He is a graduate of Harvard, New York Medical College, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Dr. Papolos is the Director of Research for the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation, and has published research in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the American Journal of Human Genetics, the Journal of Affective Disorders, and in Molecular Psychiatry.  He is also the co-author with his wife, Janice, of The Bipolar Child.  Janice and Demitri have been featured on ABC News’s 20/20, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and National Public Radio’s "The Infinite Mind."  Dr. Papolos is the keynote speaker for Friday's seminar, addressing the clinical aspects and controversies surrounding diagnosis, treatment, and research of juvenile bipolar disorder.  On Saturday, he will join the afternoon panel, moderated by Janice Papolos.

Janice Papolos is the co-author of The Bipolar Child, now in its 3rd edition, and will be available at this seminar, along with a personal autograph time by the authors.   The Bipolar Child is considered definitive in its field, with multiple printings and translations.  Janice is co-founder of the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF).  She currently serves on the board of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation (JBRF) and publishes The Bipolar Child Newsletter, which is subscribed to by over 20,000 parents and professionals across the country and abroad.  She continues to remain a powerful advocate for families of children with Bipolar Disorder, having appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Infinite Mind, and on television and radio shows throughout the country in order to bring attention to this disorder in children and youth.  Janice is the keynote speaker for Saturday’s seminar, addressing the educational needs and learning challenges of the bipolar student. She will be joined by an expert educational panel discussing the cognitive struggles these students face.

Janice recently completed a new DVD titled  "24: A Day in the Life of Bipolar Children and Their Families"

From Papolos Productions, filmed live at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA at the 2006 dbh Neuroscience Seminars' Juvenile-Onset Bipolar Disorder symposium.  Delivered with the compassion and humor her audiences have come to expect, Janice Papolos paints a revealing picture of a day in the life of children and adolescents suffering with bipolar disorder, and of those who love them.  This DVD will be available at the conference for purchase. 


         By attending this seminar the participants will enhance their understanding of:


The psychological dynamics and behavioral manifestations of juvenile bipolar disorder


Comorbid conditions, the diverse spectrum of symptoms, and differential diagnostic concerns


The genetic, neurobiological, and environmental influences affecting individuals across the lifespan 


The special educational needs of this population, and associated challenges to academic success


Family-focused clinical and educational interventions, as well as effective support systems for clients and family members

 Event Tuition
This is a two-day seminar from 8:30am to 4:30pm each day. The tuition is as follows:

2-Day Seminar

Licensed Professionals

Students with proof of enrollment

Parents of special needs children

Featured Panelists and Presenters

William J Shryer, DCSW, LCSW  Clinical Director of Diablo Behavioral Healthcare in Danville, CA and the Program Director of dbh Neuroscience Seminars.  He earned his B.A. degree in sociology at California State University in Hayward and received his M.S.W. from the University of California at Berkeley specializing in children and families.  Mr. Shryer has been in private practice since 1981, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders,and Mood Disorders in adults, children, and their families.  Mr. Shryer has lectured frequently to college classes and professionals.  He currently manages two behavioral clinics with a staff of psychiatrists, clinical & educational psychologists, and speech and occupational therapists.  Mr. Shryer has been Contra Costa TV's moderator for “Mental Health Perspectives” and “With the Family in Mind.”  With topics such as Asperger’s Disorder, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children and adults, it remains the most requested series five years after its original airing.  He is an advocate for children with special needs in both the public and private sectors. 

 David Miklowitz, PhD Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the 
 University of Colorado. Dr. Miklowitz completed his undergraduate work at Brandeis University and his doctoral and postdoctoral work at UCLA. His research focuses on family environmental factors and family psychoeducational treatments for adult-onset and childhood-onset bipolar disorder.
David J. Miklowitz, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Colorado. Dr. Miklowitz completed his undergraduate work at Brandeis University and his doctoral and postdoctoral work at UCLA. His research focuses on family environmental factors and family psychoeducational treatments for adult-onset and childhood-onset bipolar disorder.  Dr. Miklowitz has published more than 100 research articles and book chapters on bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. His articles have appeared in the Archives of General Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Biological Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Journal of Abnormal Psychology. His book with Michael Goldstein, Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach (Guilford), won the 1998 Outstanding Research Publication Award from the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy. His latest book (2002), also with Guilford, is titled The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide.

Steven Mattis, PhD, A.B.P.P   is Clinical Professor of Neurology (Neuropsychology) at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Adjunct Professor of Neurology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at New York University. He serves as Director of Neuropsychology Post-Doctoral Training in the Department of Neurology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and is a partner in the Mattis & Luck Center for Neuropsychological Services, LLP.  Dr. Mattis is a Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist (American Board of Professional Psychology) and Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is past-president of the Neuropsychology Division (Division 40) of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, and immediate past-president of the American Board of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Mattis’ research activities in learning disabilities in children and the effects of brain damage on cognition have more recently centered on the neuropsychology of affective disorders. In collaboration with Dr. Demitri Papolos, he is currently investigating the neuropsychological status and variability in status of children with juvenile-onset bipolar disorder.