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Bipolar Disorder Across the Life Cycle

Leo Christie, PhD, LMFT

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Bipolar Disorder Across the Life Cycle is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that provides clinicians with practical guidance in understanding and treating Bipolar disorder (BD).

Bipolar disorder is a major affective disorder marked by severe mood swings (manic or major depressive episodes) and a tendency to remission and recurrence. BD most often appears in late adolescence or early adulthood, although symptoms can begin at any time of life. Left untreated, BD can lead to damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide.

This course will review the diagnostic criteria for the seven types of Bipolar and Related Disorders and provide detailed discussions of each category. It will also examine assessment instruments, suicide risk, differential diagnosis, and pediatric BD. Treatment approaches and modalities, along with evidence-based guidelines for principles of chronic disease management, psychosocial interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy, and pharmacological treatments for the various forms of BD are included. Personal stories are provided throughout the course to illustrate how BD affects the lives of those suffering from it.

Course #31-27 | 2020 | 60 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify diagnostic criteria for the various types of bipolar disorder (BD)
2. Name risk factors for suicidal behavior among individuals with BD
3. List other disorders that must be diagnostically distinguished from BD
4. Identify psychosocial interventions that are important in the treatment of BP
5. List four factors that can complicate pharmacological treatment in BD
6. Identify the primary pharmacological agents used for treating individuals with BD

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion). Professional Development Resources, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists (#PSY-0145).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Leo Christie, PhD, LMFT, is a Florida-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. Past President of the Florida Council on Family Relations, Dr. Christie is a past CEO of Professional Development Resources, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to deliver continuing education credit courses to healthcare professionals throughout the United States. He has more than 20 years' experience in private practice with a specialty in child behavior disorders and as an instructor for over 500 live continuing education seminars for healthcare professionals.

: Receives a salary from Professional Development Resources, Inc.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist. 

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