Sutherland Seminar Series

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 over 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 in-depth 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:    The Spring 2020 Seminar Series has been cancelled until further notice.

Where:    To be determined

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

*The 8-part series is available for streaming or digital download audio-listening. You can purchase one, some or all of the series. Most sessions include an accompanying handout. $10/session
or $79.99 for the entire set. You can make your donation to listen by visiting

 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: Psychotherapy

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

Treatment: 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.

Downloadable Schedule & FAQ