February 19 – 23, 2018
Naples Beach & Golf Hotel, Naples, FL

This 2018 updated course focuses on the latest medical and non-medical approaches and interventions for patients with ADHD, Aggression, the Addictions, and Social disorders, We have included a special section on autism, based on new research and the instructor’s experience with disruptive adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We will also address the uses and dangers of medical marijuana and look at the growing evidence of the clinical usefulness of Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive phytochemical of the hemp plant. In addition to new medications, the course will explore the proven effects of exercise, yoga, play, diet, and other alternative strategies that are shown to be effective in these psychiatric problems.

Special emphasis will be placed on the burgeoning research on exercise and ADHD, with tips on how to integrate exercise prescriptions into your practice. The course will also do a deep dive into the Default Mode Network and how its troubled connectivity within the brain explains ADHD, Autism, and other psychiatric diagnoses better than most models and can point to rational treatments. The course will review the effects of sleep, being in nature, and, movement on brain health in general and specifically with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In addition, the course looks at the growing awareness of the “microbiome” when it comes to diet, and the effect of gluten and probiotics on the gut and brain/behavior connection. To put it all together, the course takes an understandable journey into the brain and the synapse to fully understand these conditions. The important area of diagnosis will also be looked at, covering the controversies and challenges associated with making the right call with psychological disorders: 1. Bipolar or ADHD or both and what this means for treatment; 2. Asperger’s or Autism or Social Dyslexia – does it matter and are there any relevant medications and behavioral interventions for these developmental differences; 3. relevancies of DSM-5 to the real world and the issue of sub-threshold diagnoses or the “Shadow Syndromes”.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the neurobiology of ADHD;
  • Evaluate new neuroscience information to understand and treat ADHD, Aggression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, fatigue, and stress;
  • Utilize our growing understanding of the Default Mode Network and the concept of “functional connectivity” that is important for all our psychiatric diagnoses;
  • Evaluate the latest medications and combinations for ADHD, aggression and social disorders;
  • Utilize knowledge of the effects of a good sleep program as a necessary component of a health promoting lifestyle for caregivers and their patients;
  • Evaluate the efficacy of diet changes, the need for gluten free diets, and the use of probiotics;
  • Utilize the growing knowledge of using medical Marijuana for pain, anorexia, mood, and sleep disorders;
  • Utilize knowledge of the dangers of marijuana and its potential to activate psychosis and produce the amotivational syndrome;
  • Describe the differences between marijuana and Cannabidiol to use them when appropriate;
  • Evaluate the burgeoning evidence of Cannabidiol for seizure control, anxiety, and insomnia;
  • Utilize the principles of exercise science to guide adult and pediatric patients;
  • Negotiate and write an effective exercise prescription for every patient;
  • Utilize exercise as medicine to treat almost all psychiatric disorders;
  • Utilize exercise and play to help the caregiver and their patients prevent cognitive decline and lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Target Audience

The winter seminars are a series of seminars of interest to health professionals in the field of psychiatry, psychology, medicine, surgery, nursing, social work, and counseling.


Monday, February 19, 2018
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Overview: the concept of the “shadow syndromes” and their relevance to psychiatric problems; biology and treatment of ADHD; new data on ADHD; review the effect on simple but consistent lifestyle changes on severely compromised adolescents with autism; new understanding of ADHD and the goal of increasing functional connectivity between the Default Mode Network and the Task Positive Network; Q&A.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Diagnosis of ADHD and bipolar illness: the addictions and how they are often comorbid with so many other psychiatric syndromes; use of the new medications for ADHD. New long-acting stimulant preparation, atomoxetine, and modafinil; contribution of norepinephrine and fatigue to our understanding of the attention system and its clinical implications and directions for treatments. Q&A, case discussions.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Biology and treatment of stress and aggression: how the brain reacts and deals with stress; changing appreciation for stress hormone and its impact on mood, memory, learning, and brain function; aggression and newer concepts in anger management, introducing the microbiome and what we know; the status of gluten and probiotics; best practices in Autism; research from the Center for Discovery targeting the non-medical effects of sleep, diet, movement, being in nature on behavior and connection; Q&A.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Treatment issues I: evidence supporting the effectiveness of physical exercise and movement on the brain and the psyche; neuroscience of exercise; exercise forestalling the aging process; how having our body in tune helps ensure that we remain cognitively and emotionally enabled as we age; evidence about using Medical Marijuana and its dangers and using Cannabidiol for many co-morbid symptoms of these disorders; Q&A, case discussions.
Friday, February 23, 2018
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Treatment issues II: medications and holistic interventions; ‘non-medical treatments and how they impact the brain and psyche; food supplements and humor and their effects on the brain and the psyche; ways to integrate into clinical use; new innovations for the treatment of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and psychological brain health; Q&A.


JOHN J. RATEY, MD is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Ratey has been a leading teacher and researcher on brain and personality and treatment of aggression and the development of disabilities as well as the psychological and cognitive benefits of exercise and play. He has written extensively on Attention Deficit Disorder, learning disabilities, brain differences that affect social skills and has published Shadow Syndromes, a book that has helped broaden our understanding of how the brain affects everyday life. Dr. Ratey is the author of co-author of more than 85 scientific publications and eight books: Mental Retardation: Developing Pharmacotherapies, The Neuropsychiatry of Personality Disorders, Driven to Distraction, Answers to Distraction, Shadow Syndromes, The User’s Guide to the Brain, Spark: The New Revolutionary Science of Exercise and the Brain. His latest book is GO WILD: Free Your Body and Mind From the Afflictions of Civilization.

Other Winter Seminar Courses
Essential Psychopharmacology, 2018
Carl Salzman, MD

Psychopharmacology: A Master Class
Carl Salzman, MD

Meditation and Visualization Practices for Everyday Living
and to Enhance Peak Performance

Daniel Brown, PhD, ABPH


Physicians: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at:

Psychologists: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer Continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. The Week-long programs offers 15.00 CE credits.

Counselors: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEPTM solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. The winter seminar programs meet the criteria for 15.00 clock hours.

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted.

State of New York Social Workers: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an Approved Provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. 15 contact hours have been approved for these programs..

Nurses: This activity has been submitted to ANA Massachusetts for approval to award contact hours. ANA Massachusetts is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. For more information regarding contact hours, please call Jean-Marie Flynn 617-754-1265 or

ABMS/ACGME Competencies

This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education competencies:

  • Patient care and Procedural skills
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism


  Registration Fee
postmarked after 12/15/17*
Physicians and Allied Health Professionals
Additional weeks $750
Residents, Fellows in Training, and Full-time Students $695

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Naples Beach & Golf Hotel
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is an exclusive AAA-four Diamond beach front hotel that is built on a rich tradition of hospitality that began in 1946. Owned and operated by the Watkins family, the Beach Club is Naples’ only beach front resort with a newly reopened spectacular Jack Nicklaus designed golf course on site as well as tennis, spa, and water recreation. The last few years over $50 million has been invested in the resort offering 317-newly remodeled accommodations; new beachside pool complex; retail shopping; restaurants/bars; complimentary Kids Club; and renovated greens & tees. Additional shopping and dining can be found in downtown Naples, just minutes away. The Naples Zoo, Botanical Gardens, and Everglades are other attractions within driving distance.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at Naples Beach & Golf Hotel. For information and reservations, contact 1.800.237.7600 or the RESORT: Please advise them that you are with the Harvard Medical School Conference. Reservations must be made by January 17, 2018 to reserve a reduced room rate. Reservations made after that date are subject to availability. Please do not purchase non-refundable airline ticket(s) until you have received an email from our office confirming your paid registration.

Last update 1.12.2018