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The Science of the Mind: An Update for Mental Health Clinicians

The Focus on Mental Health Series with Dr. David Mays returns to cover the latest science on the brain. Learn about the field of epigenetics, new technologies, research findings on genetics, and many more topics. Earn CEUs for this day-long training.

Key Program Information
Categories Professional and Workforce Development | Health Care | Human Services | Education
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Series Focus on Mental Health

Who Should Attend

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, NBCC certified counselors, Social workers, Licensed professional counselors, Licensed marriage and family therapists, School psychologists, Psychiatric nurses and nurse practitioners, Health care providers, Pastoral counselors, Peer specialists, and those working in primary care, human services, schools and community clinics

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Program Description

Continuing education on mental health

Keeping up to date on the latest science behind brain imaging, brain stimulation, neurochemistry, and genetics can be challenging for even the most dedicated mental health professional. Get an explanation on the latest findings in basic and applied science that are driving research and leading to new treatments of the major mental disorders.

You will explore brain anatomy and function as revealed by functional MRI scans, current brain stimulation techniques such as transmagnetic stimulation and deep brain stimulation, the explosive field of epigenetics, and much more. No education degree required to attend, only an interest in the science behind the human mind.

What will be discussed:

  • Genetic markers for the etiology for some of the most puzzling disorders and potential for innovative treatments.
  • Identify a few fundamentals of neuroanatomy relevant for mental health practitioners.
  • Summarize the limitations of imaging the brain, particularly fMRI.
  • Appraise new technologies in brain stimulation.
  • Examine the evidence that the brain actively creates the world we perceive.


Dr. David Mays (MD, Ph.D.) is a forensic psychiatrist and directed the forensic program at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, WI for 13 years. He serves on the clinical faculty at UW–Madison. Dr. Mays is the recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, The Distinguished Service Award from the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Dane County, and the Exceptional Performance Award from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. He has treated patients in hospital and outpatient settings with co-morbid substance use problems for 20 years. He is a seasoned clinician and highly sought-after presenter.

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