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Adding an Ounce of Prevention: Applying Prevention Principles to Modern Psychiatry

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 8/20/2015

Expiration Date: 8/20/2018

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 2
  • Participation: 2

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Central to advancing the prevention paradigm within psychiatry are the concepts of mental illness prevention and mental health promotion. Preventive interventions that are focused on mental illnesses work by reducing risk factors and enhancing protective factors in order to decrease the incidence and prevalence of various illnesses; prevent or delay recurrences of mental illnesses; and alleviate the impact of such illnesses on affected persons, their families, and society. Thus, mental illness prevention encompasses the clinical, community, and policy strategies designed to reduce the burden of mental illnesses by intervening preferably well before illness onset. Mental health promotion aims to impact determinants of mental health so as to increase positive mental health, reduce inequalities, build social capital, create health gain, and narrow the gap in health expectancy among regions and cultural groups. Mental health promotion includes the strategies developed to support resiliency, enhance psychosocial functioning, and protect against the development of mental illnesses. This course will provide psychiatrists with an overview of prevention principles and how they can be applied in psychiatric practice settings. The presenters are members of the Prevention Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) and will draw from their work in developing the Clinical Manual of Prevention in Mental Health (American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., 2010). The series of courses will provide a survey of the recent literature on several timely prevention topics for practicing clinical psychiatrists, including what is currently known about applying prevention principles to schizophrenia, suicide prevention, and alcohol and drug abuse prevention.

**This content was captured at the 2014 APA Annual Meeting


  • General Member - $25.00
  • Resident-Fellow Member - Free
  • Medical Student Member - $25.00
  • Non-Member - $50.00

Educational Objectives

  • Define psychiatric examples of universal, selective, and indicated preventive interventions 
  • List five risk factors for suicide that can be incorporated into routine psychiatric interviews 
  • Describe three universal preventive interventions developed to reduce the incidence of alcohol and/or drug abuse and dependence 

Target Audience

Residents/Fellows and Psychiatrists

Estimated Time to Complete

2 Hours

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. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 60% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate showing the date of completion and hours earned. 


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H., The George Washington University | Disclosure: Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests


  • Ruth Shim, M.D., M.P.H., North Shore-LIJ Health System | Disclosure: Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • Frederick Langheim, M.D., Ph.D., Dean Clinic | Disclosure: Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H., The George Washington University | Disclosure: Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • Rebecca A. Powers, M.D., M.P.H., Stanford University Medical Center | Disclosure: Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests   

Program Planners:

  • Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association | Disclsoure: Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • Ricardo Juarez, Associate Director, Office of International Affairs, American Psychiatric Association | Disclosure: Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests

Hardware/Software Requirements

Hardware/Software Specifications:
This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. 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 Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:
Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:
Windows PC:
500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit

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