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 clinical psychologist and Associate 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, 6:30-8:00 pm. Each session stands alone; no commitment or pre-registration required.

Where:    Fellowship Hall at the Longmont Church of Christ 1351 Collyer St. Longmont, CO 80501

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 as an 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 clicking here.

Listen to a 3-minute sample of an audio recording here:


 Date Topic
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.

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?

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.


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.

Treatment Part I: Psychotherapy

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

6- Mar-‘17
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.

Bipolar Disorder and Relationships

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.

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.

Watch this page for information on current/future live seminars.

Download a copy of the information above here:
SSS Audio Information