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Leading, Creating and Working in Interdisciplinary Psychiatric Teams

Available: 07/01/2023 - 07/01/2026


This course is free to members for the month of July. On August 1, 2023, the course will be available for purchase.


The growing shortage of psychiatrists has exacerbated problems with access to psychiatric care in America. An important aspect of addressing this shortage is to focus on expanding the number of psychiatrists being trained in United Sates. However, to meet the psychiatric care needs of the population, it will also be necessary to utilize other trained professionals, including psychiatric advanced practice nurses (APNs), physician assistants (PAs) and other mental health professionals. Increasingly, psychiatrists will need to work effectively in teams with APNs and PAs, which requires mutual understanding of training, roles, and scope of practice. Given the psychiatric workforce shortage, it is important that each practitioner be able to fully utilize their education, skills, knowledge, and expertise. In this workshop, participants will build understanding of the training and skill set of the various mental health disciplines with focus on psychiatric APNs. Understanding the educational background of APNs is an important first step for psychiatrists seeking such partnership and for leaders in psychiatry who are hiring. The workshop will also highlight and discuss noteworthy differences between APN training and psychiatrists training and the practical implications for workplace settings. We hope that better understanding each other’s educational background will allow the participants to brainstorm models of effective collaboration that optimize the health and well-being of our patients while minimizing unnecessary costs.


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity.

This presentation was recorded at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting 2022.

Learning Objectives

  • Appreciate the scope of the problem of the psychiatrist shortage in the US
  • Describe the training models for other mental health professionals especially psychiatric APNs
  • List 2 practical differences in training for APNs and psychiatrists
  • Identify 2 practical implications of differences in training

Target Audience


Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 90 minutes
Begin Date: July 1, 2023
End Date: July 1, 2026

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

Program Presenters

  • Rashi Aggarwal. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Kari Wolf. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Rebecca Lundquist. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Lindsey Pershern. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Planners

  • Jacqueline Maus Feldman, M.D., Chairperson, Scientific Program Committee, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Robert O. Cotes, M.D., Vice-Chairperson, Scientific Program Committee, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Uchenna Okeye, M.D., Vice-Chairperson, Scientific Program Committee, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

The American Psychiatric Association is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website to people with disabilities. If you have trouble accessing any of APA’s online resources, please contact us at 202-559-3900 for assistance.

Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Jul 01, 2026
Cost: Member: $18.75
Non-Member: $37.50
Medical Student: $0.00
Resident Fellow Member: $0.00
Credit Offered:
1.5 CME Credits
1.5 COP Credits
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