The Sutherland Seminar Series is an 8-part series that covers in-depth topics related to bipolar disorders.

The seminars are primarily designed for adults with a bipolar disorder, their family and friends who want to support and understand them, mental health professionals, and anyone who wants to better comprehend the complications, challenges, and implications of the illness. The speaker, Dr. Alisha Brosse, is a licensed psychologist and Director of the Sutherland Bipolar Center. With almost 15 years of experience treating clients with bipolar disorder, she covers a wide range of subjects that are applicable, practical, and rooted in evidence-based research and proven treatment.

What:    Weekly seminars on topics related to bipolar disorders.

Who:    Designed for adults with a bipolar disorder and their family and friends; open to anyone in the community who wishes to better understand bipolar disorders.

When:    Mondays from 6:00-7:30pm starting March 5th through April 30th (no Seminar on March 26th due to Spring Break). Each session stands alone; no commitment or pre-registration required. Audio versions also available ($10 donation per segment)

Where:    Atonement Lutheran Church, main sanctuary, 685 Inca Parkway, Boulder, CO 80303. Please enter through the south entrance glass doors.

Cost:    No fee is required, but a $10 per person donation is greatly appreciated.

*In addition to the live seminar series, the 8-part series is available for streaming or digital download audio-recording. You can purchase one, some or all of the series. Most sessions include an accompanying handout. $10/session or $80 for the entire set. You can make your purchase by visiting

 Date Topic
March 5, 2018
Diagnosis Part I: Bipolar Disorders

A review of the formal criteria for bipolar disorders, including the differences between bipolar I vs. bipolar II. We also will discuss how bipolar disorders are diagnosed.

March 12, 2018
Diagnosis Part II: Bipolar Disorders (continued), “Close Cousins” and Substance Use

Soft bipolar disorder” and the “bipolar spectrum.” What disorders commonly co-occur or are confused with bipolar? How does this impact treatment? How are alcohol and recreational drug use related?

March 19, 2018
Mood Charts, Regular Daily Routines, Exercise, & Nutrition

A review of lifestyle choices that may impact current symptoms and risk for relapses, and specific tools to help facilitate behavioral changes.

April 2, 2018

Good sleep can help to stabilize mood, while poor sleep can be both a trigger and a symptom of mood episodes. We will discuss research-supported strategies for improving sleep.

April 9, 2018
Treatment Part II:Pharmacotherapy (Medications)

A review of general principles to help you: (1) better understand medications and how to take them, (2) shop for a psychiatrist, and (3) make the most of (often) brief appointments.

April 16, 2018
Treatment Part I: Psychotherapy [Guest Presenter Emily Carol, MA] 

What role does psychotherapy play in treating bipolar disorder? What kinds of psychotherapy are there? How do you shop for a therapist?

April 23, 2018
Bipolar Disorder and Relationships [Guest Presenter Emily Carol, MA]

What you can do to help a family member with bipolar disorder and/or what you can do to nurture relationships impacted by your bipolar disorder.

April 30, 2018
Wellness/Relapse Prevention Plans and Crisis Management

Powerful tools for detecting early warning signs of an impending mood episode, short-circuiting the episode, and/or limiting the amount of damage caused by the episode. Strategies and resources for acute crisis management.

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