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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) was first introduced in Italy in 1938. Since its inception, ECT has evolved and has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for a variety of mental health conditions. Despite its efficacy and safety, stigma remains the largest impediment to ECT use. Stigma exists within the general population and can even be found amongst health care professionals. Improved education can lead to better understanding of the applications and effectiveness of ECT. Please join us to learn more.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Brief history of ECT and changes in its treatment parameters
  • Indications, benefits, and risks of ECT treatment
  • Treatment course

Free for RPA Members, $25 for Non-Members. 1 CE credit will be offered for purchase at check out for $15 , plus a processing fee of $2.55 from Eventbrite.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Briefly explain the ECT procedure.
  2. List mental health conditions appropriate for ECT treatment.
  3. Describe at least three benefits and at least two risks of ECT treatment.

About the Presenter

Seth Judd, DO, MA, is a board certified clinical and forensic psychiatrist. He completed his medical training at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, psychiatry residency training at Indiana University School of Medicine, and forensic fellowship at Palmetto Health/South Carolina University School of Medicine. After he completed his training he moved to California. Since 2018 he has been working at Napa State Hospital (NSH) as a Senior Forensic Psychiatrist Specialist. At NSH, Dr. Judd also provides ECT treatment and is a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Drug Utilization Evaluation Committee, and Electroconvulsive Therapy Committee. In 2020 he opened up a private practice, Personal Psychiatry and Forensic Consulting Inc

Other Information

The Redwood Psychological Association, a chapter of the California Psychological Association (CPA)*, is an organization for psychologists. We are located in Sonoma County, serving Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties and the Redwood Empire.

*CPA is co-sponsoring this event with the Redwood Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The BBS also recognizes CPA CE credit for their licenses.

Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive the designated number of continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop (for online workshops: video camera must be ON). Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Refunds will be credited to original payment method (minus fees) up to 1 day prior to event.

For questions or more information regarding this policy, please contact RPA: (707) 595-0490.

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