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Activity Dates: 10/12/2023 - 07/19/2024

Target Audience

BCPPs desiring an evidence-based focus on an emerging area of practice and contemporary issues in psychiatric pharmacy at the specialist level are the intended audience of this recertification activity. This activity is designed for BCPPs who learn best from didactic presentations, are auditory and visual learners, and/or who learn best from hands-on-learning and dialoguing with specialist faculty and colleagues.


The AAPP Summit content focuses on emerging areas of practice and contemporary issues in psychiatric pharmacy. The Summit offers 10 hours of ACPE- and BCPP- approved programming focused on the integration of primary care and mental health. The goal of the Summit is for participants to leave with knowledge and tools to apply in primary care and mental health practice settings as they provide comprehensive care to those living with mental health disorders.

The curriculum includes:

  • Online access to the recorded speakers' audio presentations synchronized with their slide presentations (presented live during the Virtual Summit, October 12-13, 2023).
  • For pharmacists, 10 hours of ACPE credit and 10 hours of BCPP Recertification credit achieved by successfully completing the online AAPP recertification examination.
  • Access to the AAPP testing center with exam submission due on or before July 12, 2024.

The AAPP Summit 2023 is an application-based continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activity designed to improve competency of partcipants. An application-based CPE activity requires that participants apply the information learned. In an application-based CPE activity, the learning objectives are written at a higher level in order to assess the learners’ ability to use the information that is learned at the current level of practice by Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacists. The examination for this product often features cases requiring that the participant apply the principles learned through the presentations.

Consider making these presentations part of your BPS Continuing Professional Development plan! Please refer to the BPS Psychiatric Pharmacy Content Outline to see how this activity may align.

Course Requirements

To satisfactorily complete the Summit and receive 10 hours of BCPP Recertification and ACPE credit, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Abide by a confidentiality and honesty statement requiring individual completion of the Recertification education.
  2. Complete an online assessment on or before the deadline of July 12, 2024.
  3. Meet the minimum passing score (75%).
  4. Completion of an activity evaluation form.
  5. Partial credit is not available for individual topics within the programming; it is either all 10 hours of credit or none.

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

  • Sign in (or create a FREE account).
  • Register for this course.
  • Complete the pre-test before starting the activity.
  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date.
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity.
  • Wait for the official review of exam questions within 4 weeks following the closing date.
  • Receive a passing grade (75%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by AAPP to CPE Monitor.

Credit is awarded in the calendar year the assessment is completed. AAPP reports continuing credit for ACPE (CPE Monitor) and BCPP Recertification (BPS) within days of successful exam completion.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Debalina Das, MD, MPH, FACP
Laura E. Maphis, PhD
Sarah T. Melton, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP, FASCP
Lacey J. Vann, PharmD, BCPP
Rosana Steavenson, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
Benjamin Chavez, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP
Alberto Augsten, PharmD, MS, BCPP, DABAT
Bridget Bradley, PharmD, BCPP
Rachel L. Bauer, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
Beth Darnall, PhD

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Learning Objectives

Consulting, Coordinating, and Collaborating: Integrating Behavioral Health and
Primary Care

ACPE #: 0284-0000-23-009-H04-P (Application)
Speakers: Debalina Das, MD, MPH, FACP; Laura E. Maphis, PhD; Sarah T. Melton, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP, FASCP

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the advantages, challenges, and implementation of a model of integrated primary and behavioral health care in providing patient-centered care for people with mental illnesses.
  2. Examine the role of each member of the interprofessional team and/or strategies to build a collaborative integrated behavioral health model in the primary care setting.
  3. Select patients who can benefit from integrated behavioral health care in the primary care setting.
  4. Describe practice and patient outcomes that can be used to assess the effect of behavioral health care.

Virtual Care Best Practices 
: 0284-0000-23-010-H04-P (Application)
Speaker: Lacey J. Vann, PharmD, BCPP

Learning Objectives:

  1. Propose techniques to perform physical examinations and mental health screenings during telehealth appointments.
  2. Recommend strategies for managing psychiatric emergencies during telehealth appointments.
  3. Describe telehealth best practice models in treating mental health and substance use disorders.

Lethal Means Safety Counseling: An Integral Component of Suicide Risk Assessment
: 0284-0000-23-012-H99-P (Application)
Speaker: Rosana Steavenson, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify factors that influence suicide risk including warning signs, risk factors, and protective factors.
  2. Assess suicide risk level and whether a person at risk for suicide has access to lethal means.
  3. Design an evidence-based suicide risk mitigation plan that addresses lethal means access based on patient preferences.

Monitoring and Treatment of Depression in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus
:  0284-0000-23-015-H01-P (Application)
Speaker: Benjamin Chavez, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP

Learning Objectives:

  1. Create a diabetes distress or depression screening plan for patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) in the primary care setting.
  2. Recommend strategies to reduce stressors contributing to a patient’s diabetes distress.
  3. Develop a plan to optimize treatment for patients with depression and DM.

Psychiatric Medication Administration in the Outpatient Setting
: 0284-0000-23-013-H04-P (Application)
Speaker: Alberto Augsten, PharmD, MS, BCPP, DABAT

Learning Objectives:

  1. Outline psychiatric medications which can be managed or administered by a pharmacist.
  2. Create a safety and efficacy monitoring plan for psychiatric medications administered or managed by a pharmacist in an outpatient setting.
  3. Assess the role of the pharmacist in psychiatric medication administration or management in the outpatient setting.

Appropriate Monitoring of Psychotropic Medications in Primary Care
: 0284-0000-23-014-H01-P (Application)
Speaker: Bridget Bradley, PharmD, BCPP

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop a monitoring plan for a patient receiving a psychotropic medication. 
  2. Recommend adjustments to psychotropic monitoring plans in special patient populations.
  3. Implement strategies to increase appropriate monitoring of psychiatric medications in primary care settings.

Mental Health Tranistions of Care
ACPE #: 0284-0000-23-011-H99-P (Application)
Speaker: Rachel L. Bauer, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the evidence for mental health transitions of care programs.
  2. Assess the role of psychiatric pharmacists in transitions of care programs.
  3. Recommend strategies to address barriers when transitioning from inpatient mental health services to outpatient primary or mental health care.

Empowered Relief for Chronic Pain Syndromes
: 0284-0000-23-016-H08-P (Application)
Speaker: Beth Darnall, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe elements of the treatment intervention Empowered ReliefTM for pain management.
  2. Explain the impact of Empowered ReliefTM on patient outcomes.
  3. Identify potential applications of Empowered ReliefTM.


Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 10/12/2023 - 07/19/2024
ACPE Contact Hours: 10
ACPE Numbers: 0284-0000-23-009-H04-P (Application), 0284-0000-23-010-H04-P (Application), 0284-0000-23-011-H99-P (Application), 0284-0000-23-012-H99-P (Application), 0284-0000-23-013-H04-P (Application), 0284-0000-23-014-H01-P (Application), 0284-0000-23-015-H01-P (Application), 0284-0000-23-016-H08-P (Application)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPEThe American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Pharmacists can obtain 10 hours of ACPE credit and 10 hours of BCPP Recertification credit by successfully completing the online examination.

The American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists is approved as a Professional Development Provider for the Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) specialty by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS). This course is part of a 10 hour BCPP recertification product earned after successful completion of the associated BCPP recertification examination for the full product.

AAPP reports continuing credit for ACPE (CPE Monitor) and BCPP Recertification (BPS) within days of successful exam completion.

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