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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Recertification and Program committees, I am happy to announce the 2013 CPNP Annual Meeting, Elevating to New Heights in Neuropsychiatric Pharmacy to be held April 21–24 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Your planning committees have been hard at work developing a vibrant program offering cutting-edge topics in psychiatry and neurology to impact the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders well into the future.

The Pre-Meeting Workshop on Sunday, April 21, is focused on one of the most challenging issues of our day— suicide. This half-day workshop entitled The Delicate Art of Uncovering Suicidal Ideation and Intent will help you develop the state of the art skills necessary to tackle some of the most difficult and critical tasks in suicide risk assessment. In this hands-on training, Shawn Shea, MD, will guide you in implementing an innovative interviewing strategy for eliciting suicidal ideation, behaviors, and intent—the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (the CASE Approach).

Continuing on to provide the first keynote of the meeting, Dr. Shea will present The Medication Interest Model (MIM): Innovative Interviewing Techniques for Improving Medication Adherence. This session presents specific interviewing techniques and strategies designed to help you to build alliances with patients. Other sessions delivered by practitioners in the field include Rewriting the Psychiatric Bible: the DSM-5 and its Implications presented by Abraham Nussbaum, MD, MTS; Trends in Synthetic Drugs of Abuse presented by Omar Manejwala, MD, MBA, FAPA; and Pharmacogenetics of Bipolar Disorder: Clinical Application and Drug Response presented by John Kelsoe, MD.

Concurrent programming throughout the meeting includes platform presentations and sessions on delirium, dementia, neurologic disorders, treatment of PTSD and PTSD related sleep disorders, and much more. The popular Networking Roundtables and Clinical Pearls sessions, mainstays of the Annual Meeting, provide the audience with practical tips that can be applied in everyday practice.

True to the transformation theme, the Annual Meeting closes with two sessions focused on planning for a new future. Atul Butte, MD, PhD, will present Transforming 300 Billion Points of Data into Diagnostics, Therapeutics, and New Insights into Disease, followed by a social media and technology focused session delivered by Kevin Clauson, PharmD, on Leveraging mHealth to Enhance Patient Engagement and Outcomes.

On behalf of the Board and your peers serving on the Recertification and Program committees, I invite you to attend what is sure to be a diverse and educational 2013 Annual Meeting. We hope to see you in beautiful Colorado Springs!

Jodie Malhotra, PharmD
2013 CPNP Program Chair