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CANCELLED! Evidence-Based Psychotherapies

  • Friday, March 27, 2020
  • 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043

In accordance with the Santa Clara County Health Dept. recommendations, this event has been cancelled. Please check the website for updates regarding re-scheduling.


Presented by Tom Tarshis, MD, MPH


It has been almost thirty years since the term ‘Evidence-Based Practice’ was first coined, and we often hear this phrase repeated as a justification for many interventions in our society, including mental health treatment. Despite familiarity with the phrase, understanding what comprises evidence-based practices and how to measure the quality of treatments is still subject to confusion among both patients and practitioners with respect to mental health care.

In this talk, we will discuss the definition of evidence-based medicine (EBM), including the different levels of EBM. We will explore the limitations of EBM, but also discuss why efforts should be made to utilize EBM techniques when possible. We will then apply this knowledge to a review of psychotherapeutic treatments for the most commonly treated mental health disorders. We will also discuss how the LACK of evidence is not the same as NEGATIVE evidence regarding specific treatments.

Program Goals

The goal of this program is for participants to learn about the different levels of evidence-based medicine (EBM), therapeutic techniques, and which psychotherapy treatments fall into which categories based on current research.

Learning Objectives

  • Name 3 common psychiatric disorders in children.
  • List psychotherapy treatments that have evidence to support their use.
  • Identify gaps in knowledge for treatment of child psychiatric disorders.

Program Schedule 

11:15AM     Lunch buffet and registration opens
11:45AM     Announcements and introductions
12:00PM     Presentation:

  • What is Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)?
  • Limitations to and criteria for determining levels of EBM
  • EBM treatments for specific disorders: Autism, Tourette’s, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Depression, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety Disorders
  • Take Home Points
  • Questions
1:30PM Presentation Ends

About the Presenter

Dr. Tarshis grew up in San Jose, California, attended UC Berkeley for college and then spent two years at the University of Michigan getting a Master’s degree in Public Health. Dr. Tarshis attended Wayne State University in Detroit for medical school, did adult psychiatry training in Arizona and then completed a three-year National Institutes of Mental Health research fellowship combined with child psychiatry training at Stanford University. Since leaving Stanford, Dr. Tarshis has been working to create a new standard for providing high-quality mental health care while maintaining academic institution standards in the community.

SCV-CAMFT is a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider (CEPA 052466). This course meets the qualifications of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs. SCV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Walk-ins are welcome!

TARGET AUDIENCE: LCSW, LMFT, LPCC

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