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Mind Altering and Abusable Drugs as Antidepressants: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Presented by Alan Schatzberg, MD

Presenter Bio

Alan F. Schatzberg, MD, received his MD from NYU in 1968. He completed his psychiatric residency at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and a clinical fellowship in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. After serving in the United States Air Force, he joined the staff at McLean Hospital and served in several leadership positions there. He became clinical director of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, while continuing his research program at McLean Hospital on the biology and treatment of depression. In 1991, Dr. Schatzberg became the Kenneth T. Norris, Jr., Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where he served as chair until 2010. He now directs the Stanford Mood Disorders Center. Dr. Schatzberg has been an active investigator in the biology and psychopharmacology of depressive disorders. He has authored over 700 publications and abstracts, co-edited the Textbook of Psychopharmacology (now in its Fifth Edition), and is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Psychiatric Research. He has been president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), and the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP). He has received numerous awards for excellence and leadership from the APA, ACNP, SOBP, Max Planck Psychiatric Institute, Brain and Behavior Foundation, Anna Monika Foundation, U. Pennsylvania, Weill Cornell Medical College, etc. He has three honorary doctorates and has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

The talk will review recent data on potential drugs of abuse and mind-altering drugs as antidepressants.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the risks and benefits of ketamine and esketamine
  2. Identify the risks and benefits of psilocybin
  3. Describe how MoA’s affect these considerations

Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.

Instructional Methodology

On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.

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