Another highlight of the conference was the joint programming made possible by the fact that APA Div. 55 (American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy) was holding its midwinter conference at the same time.

A featured presentation focused on how psychopharmacology training can decrease patients’ medication use and increase referrals for cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Montana Psychological Association President Michael R. Butz, PhD, kicked off the session by announcing that a prescriptive authority bill had made it through the state’s senate. Daniel J. Carlat, MD, publisher of the “Carlat Psychiatry Report” and associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, offered a primer on how the body metabolizes drugs and how drugs can interact with one another. Jeff Matranga, PhD, a psychologist who is trained in clinical psychopharmacology and president-elect of the Maine Psychological Association, explained how to combine medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy to help patients get off medications for insomnia, panic disorder and depression.

—R.A. Clay