CME Office: 
Series date: 
01/01/2018 - 1:00pm PST to 12/31/2018 - 1:00pm PST


4th Thursday of the Month


  • Betsy Lieberman, MA, LMFT, Adult Psychiatry
  • Poorvi Saini, LMFT

Planning Committee:

  • Jake Roth, MD
  • Rochelle Woods, MD

Desired Practice: 

The Psychiatry CME program is focused on improving patient care and outcomes through increased competence, and improved performance regarding the understanding of psychiatric disorders,including dually- diagnosed patients, particularly as they are re-defined in the new diagnostic manual, called the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM 5), increasing the skills of the healthcare delivery team in utilizing this manual effectively and accurately, as well as increased skills in performing psychiatric assessments, risk management, triage of care, interdepartmental referral and consultation and consistently diagnosing patients accurately. 

The focus will be on several key issues related to improved patient care and include focusing on:
1.) the reduction of psychiatric symptoms, as documented on the Patient Health Outcomes Questionnaire (PHQ9) scores and patient informed feedback care on each patient visit,  reaching the target goal of 50% or greater reduction for more than 40% of patients in the goal. 
2.)  training in working with our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) patients, as well as transgendered patients and patients who are involved in completing gender reassignment surgery, will be highlighted. 
3.) Domestic violence - increased Identification Rate Among Women Who Visited Dept between the ages of 18 and 65
4. ) Reduction in the amount of disability and FMLA given to patients who are treatment non-compliant and/or no longer meet the criteria for a psychiatric disability or FMLA. 
Improved competence will result in follow up in the reduction of the  Adult Outpatient Questionnaire (AOQ) scores for depression symptoms as well  as the percentage of patients which warrant the diagnosis of domestic violence, consistently reaching the target goal  of  20 %  of the estimated prevalence for making accurate  domestic violence diagnoses in women between the ages of 18-65.

Additionally, our focus will be on strengthening our tracking of treatment outcomes, utilizing these ratings as measured in return PHQ  9 scores  after 6 months  of treatment, increased competence in making accurate psychiatric diagnoses, as well as identifying and diagnosing  domestic violence when appropriate and following up with patients to ensure that they are being offered appropriate levels of treatment. 


  1. Demonstrate knowledge and competence in the ability to provide responsible, timely, and effective triage, assessment and psychotherapeutic interventions to all psychiatry patients.
  2. Apply clinical knowledge and competence regarding the standardization of effective and accurate utilization of the DSM5, providing appropriate psychiatric treatment based on corresponding psychiatric symptoms and diagnoses.
  3. Promote a high level of professionalism and integrity in all aspects of patient care.  A commitment to ensure the well-being and safety of all patients, including timely risk assessments and the completion of mandated reporting through a 51- 50, pertaining to patient risk to self, others or grave disability, and mandated CPS REPORTING pertaining to child abuse and neglect, when appropriate to do so.