Susan Marie

Susan Marie, Ph.D., PMHNP, CARN-AP, BC, licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and certified in Addictions, brings over 30 years of clinical experience treating adults with diverse mental illnesses, specializing in serious mental illness, trauma and substance use disorders. She is noted for her “pitfalls” and “pearls” of psychopharmacology. Her passiSons are “radical respect” for people with serious mental illnesses and addictions, excellence in psychopharmacology, and integrating psychotherapeutic interventions for clients with PTSD, addictions and chronic pain.

Dr. Marie is an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University where she teaches graduate psychiatric mental health nursing students. She is the Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Old Town Clinic, in Portland, Oregon where she maintains a practice specializing in diagnostic evaluation, psychopharmacology for complex patients and psychopharmacology consultation to other professionals. Dr. Marie’s work developing integrated behavioral health within primary care settings was noted in the Robert Wood Johnson LEAP initiative and awarded by the Oregon Primary Care Association in 2013.

Act Against Suicide: For Nurses – Suicide assessment, prevention, and intervention is a topic relevant to all nursing care providers. Research shows that most people who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental and/or substance use disorder. This program will explore the critical elements of assessing for suicide risk in the general population and special populations including military/veterans, adolescents, elderly, and LGBT.  It will review key strategies in providing effective suicide prevention and provide hands on application of evidence-based intervention tools. This course has been approved by the Washington State Department of Health to meet the WA requirement for 6.0 contact hours in suicide assessment, prevention, and management for registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses (TRNG.TG.60717225-SUIC).

Psychotropic Medications: Essentials for Practice – Psychotropic medications, ubiquitous in all areas of nursing care, are powerful agents that save and improve lives, but also can have serious and dangerous adverse effects. This two-day program is designed for nurse practitioners and registered nurses wanting a greater understanding of the common pitfalls in prescribing and managing psychotropic medications, and the adverse reactions that critically require nursing assessment and intervention. This conference will provide the latest information regarding the role of inflammation in psychiatric disorders and why this is important, the best evidence-based strategies for treating anxiety, mood, psychotic and other disorders, for effectively tapering patients off benzodiazepines while improving collaboration, managing adverse metabolic impacts of antipsychotic medications, and utilizing complementary agents for various psychiatric and emotional conditions. This information is set within the context of holistic care and evidenced based strategies that improve patient outcomes.