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Light Therapy: Treatment Indications and Proper Management

Broadcast Date: December 12, 2012
Course Code: A0


Dorothy Sit, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Program Description:

This videoconference will first address the appropriate use of light therapy for mood disorders diagnostic indications which include seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and major depressive disorder. Other possible indications such as antenatal depression and delayed sleep phase will be discussed. Diagnostic challenges such as Bipolar Disorder, mixed episodes, rapid cycling will be highlighted and important contraindications of light therapy will be reviewed. Time permitting, the role of light and wake therapy may be covered.

Secondly, an optimal approach to managing patients with light therapy will be discussed. Management issues will include light therapy dosing, timing, how to initiate treatment and monitor for response. Also reviewed will be early identification of adverse or intolerable effects; strategies to reduce adverse effects; effective ways to monitor, detect and manage treatment emergent symptoms; how to choose an appropriate light box; and use of simple, helpful assessment tools to guide clinical care.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Assess and properly diagnose SAD and major mood disorders.

  2. Identify appropriate patients, prescribe light therapy and properly monitor clinical response.

  3. Educate patients and their family members on the possible benefits and risks of light therapy.

Target Audience:

All clinical and research professionals, students, and trainees as well as interested family members and consumers

Continuing Education Credits:

ACT 48 2.0

CADC 2.0


CPRP 2.0


NBCC 2.0


PCHA 2.0

Psychologist 2.0

SW 2.0

CEU 0.2

We are pleased to offer Act 48, CADC,  CPRP, NBCC, PCHA, Psychologist, Social Work and CEU credits for this webcast.  Please download the test and application form before viewing the webcast:  (Adobe PDF); (MS-Word)

For ACT 48--Please download the packet here.

If you have questions, please contact
Jennifer Lichok at lichokjl@upmc.edu

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Continuing Education Credit

Each program is offered for the designated number of continuing education credits



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer continuing education credits under Act 48 guidelines. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the Act 48 Continuing Education Guidelines.



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Office of Education and Regional Programming is certified by the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board (PCACB) to provide Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) continuing education credits for those participants attending the entire program. 



The announced credit hours for each program can be applied to your training hours for the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRP).



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines.



The indicated number of clock hours are approved by the Department of Public Welfare Bureau of Adult Residential Licensing. These clock hours may count towards the 24 hours of annual training for administrators required in 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2600 (relating to personal care homes).



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents. These programs are being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits.



The indicated number of credit hours of continuing education is provided through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LCSW renewal. For information of social work continuing education, call (412) 624-3711.



Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded the designated number of Continuing Education Units (CEU). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attendance at this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming the indicated hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible in completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for bi-annual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.


For Technical Support: email connellp@upmc.edu  or call Patrick Connell at 412-802-6906 

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