UW Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences weekly News & Events.
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Friday, December 2, 2016
This week's PsycShot was taken at Forefront's fourth annual suicide awareness dinner where Kate Comtois was recognized for her commitment to providing high quality suicide prevention training. Kate received the Sue Eastgard Training Award which honors the critical role that evidence-based training plays in the public health issue of suicide. For two decades, Kate has offered Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training to UW psychology and psychiatry residents. In response to the 2012 legislative mandate (ESHB 2366), Comtois has been conducting training in Collaborative Assessment and Management for Suicidality (CAMS), a program that helps patients learn to self-manage factors of suicide risk. She is also the principal investigator on clinical trials to improve services to suicidal individuals and evaluates DBT in large healthcare systems such as Harborview Medical Center. L to R: Kate Comtois, Sue Eastgard.

In the News

UW has 29 faculty on list of ‘highly cited researchers’ for 2016
UW Today | November 22, 2016
Brian Saelens, professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was listed as a ‘highly cited researcher’ in the natural and social sciences by Clarivate Analytics. Saelens’ work focuses on the influence of environmental and psychosocial factors on weight-related behaviors.

Good to Know

Required Training: Safeguarding Confidential Information
We've learned that some people did not get an email regarding the required Safeguarding Confidential Information from the UW Medicine compliance office. If you did not receive an email, you still have to complete the training and can do so by launching the UW Medicine Learning Management System at The training takes about 10-15 minutes and must be completed by December 30, 2016. For questions about the training or registration, contact UW Medicine Compliance at

Will it Snow?
This is a reminder to please notify your supervisor if you unable to come in due to weather in the same way you would if you were sick or unable to come in for other reasons. If your job allows you to work from home, make sure to get approval from your supervisor prior to engaging in work from home.

It’s a good idea to sign up for the UW Alert system which notifies you of emergencies or crisis situations that may disrupt the normal operation of the UW, including inclement weather. The UW homepage is another way to get up-to-date information about suspended operations.

For your reference, you may want to review the UW inclement weather and suspended operations policies.

Events & Trainings

UW PACC Training: Bipolar, Suboxone, Collaborative Care
8 AM-12 PM
Hilton Hotel
301 W 6th St, Vancouver, WA 98660

Free case conference-based training for PCPs and mental/behavioral health providers. Breakfast and CME included. Topics include bipolar disorder treatment, suboxone for opioid disorders, and collaborative care.

The National Formerly and Incarcerated Women and Girls
11 AM-3 PM
7728 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98118

The goal of this event is to amplify the collective voices and activism of formerly incarcerated women and girls. Sponsored by the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy.

Getting Organized: Project Planning, Managing Email and Time
8 AM-12 PM
South Campus Center, Room 316

We all struggle with managing our time, drowning in paper and email. Learn tips and strategies from faculty and from an administrator experienced in project management including how to make technology your friend. Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and Faculty Wellness Program. Register by November 29:
Please email with any questions.

Journal Club, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
12 PM
OB 5430, Seattle Children's Hospital, or accessed remotely

Ksenia Voronina, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at Seattle Children’s Hospital, will be presenting “A Case Report: Remission from behavioral dysregulation in a child with PTSD after receiving procedural Ketamine.” Learning Objectives include a review and critique of the presented case report, a review of the sparse literature for the use of Ketamine to address mental and behavioral health targets in children, and a discussion on the implications for the use of Ketamine in the future and necessity for further research. Lunch will be provided and faculty can earn CE. For more information, including how to access the club remotely, please contact Morgan Liddell at

20th Annual King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum
6-8:30 PM
Town Hall Seattle

This annual event brings our community together to celebrate recovery and connect with elected officials about key issues in mental health and substance abuse. The Forum includes:
  • Opportunities for attendees to interact informally with their legislators about issues related to mental health and substance abuse. Newly extended for 2016!
  • Remarks from King County Executive Dow Constantine.
  • Perspective on national trends and opportunities from National Council on Behavioral Health President and CEO Linda Rosenberg. Newly added!
  • Jim Vollendroff, director of King County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Division, sharing King County’s proposed legislative priorities for 2017.
  • The compelling stories of people in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse.
  • The perspectives and priorities of state and federal legislators as well as county council members.
Everyone is welcome! You can use this email or the legislative forum flyer to help spread the word to family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, clients, peers, allies, and advocates. Pre-registration is free and encouraged.

Dec 7
Book Talk: Walking the Medicine Wheel: Healing Trauma & PTSD
7 PM
UW Bookstore, U District

PTSD is a real part of many veterans lives after war—persisting within their nervous systems, making it difficult for them to acclimate back into their daily routines at home. David Kopacz, UW Psychiatry acting assistant professor and a psychiatrist in primary care mental health integration at the VA, and Native American Visionary, Joseph Rael have developed a holistic solution to healing PTSD using the medicine wheel in the book, Walking the Medicine Wheel. Through practical exercises of guided imagery and ceremony, the medicine wheel connects the mind, body, emotion, and spirit to transform energy and allow veterans to find center and feel valued within their families and communities. Learn more about the medicine wheel and its four directions at a book discussion and signing with Kopacz.

DEC 13
Global Mental Health Candidate Lecture
Pamela Collins, MD, MPH
Global Challenges in Mental Health
3 PM
HST T-531

The Search Committee for the Director of the Global Mental Health Program housed jointly in the departments of Global Health and Psychiatry is delighted to present Pamela Collins, MD, MPH, Associate Director for Special Populations at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and director of the Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health and the Office of Rural Mental Health Research. Dr. Collins will be presenting her Candidate Lecture to faculty, staff and students – we highly encourage you to come if you can. More information.

DEC 15
Global Mental Health Candidate Lecture
Deepa Rao, PhD, MA
Listening to, Learning from, and Partnering with the Global South to Engage Communities and Close the Mental Health Gap
4 PM
HST T-531

The Search Committee for the Director of the Global Mental Health Program housed jointly in the departments of Global Health and Psychiatry is delighted to present Deepa Rao, PhD, MA, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Rao will be presenting her Candidate Lecture to faculty, staff and students – we highly encourage you to come if you can. More information.

Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Innovations for Promoting Positive Mental Health in School Settings
8-9:20 AM
Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children's Hospital

Catherine P. Bradshaw, PhD, MEd is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education.

UW Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Emily Trittschuh
12-1 PM
Harborview Medical Center, various satellite, or via Zoom

JAN 23
Research Networking Group, Division of Population Health
3:30-5 PM
Magnuson Health Sciences Center, BB1640

This is a monthly networking group hosted by John Fortney, director of the Division of Population Health. The meeting is designed to explore ideas, provide feedback on research-in-progress, discuss grant proposals, and make connections. It’s a working meeting, not presentations of completed research. Come prepared to contribute!

Meetings are routinely held on the fourth Monday of each month from 3:30-5:00 PM in the UW Health Sciences Building, Room BB1640. If you cannot join the meeting in person, you can join remotely through Adobe Connect. If you would like to join us by phone only, dial 1.800.379.6841 and enter code 791590#. If you would like to present at a future meeting or have questions, please reach out to Tess Grover.

JAN 27
UW Psychiatry Grand Rounds
David Lewis
12-1 PM
Harborview Medical Center, various satellite, or via Zoom
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