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Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast Series


Medical professionals and professional therapists teamed up to create a series of podcast episodes and articles summarizing research and practical experience about psychiatry and psychotherapy. 

These episodes can be found on all the podcasts, and on the websites linked below:

Link to show on: iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, PlayerFM, PodBean, TuneIn, Podtail, Blubrry, Podfanatic

Target Audience

This activity was developed for mental health professionals and those who work with patients with mental illness including: MD, NP, PA, OT, RN, PsyD, MFT, and social workers.


●      Review evidence-based medicine surrounding psychiatry and psychotherapy topics

●      Learn about the mind/body connection

●      Improve interpersonal connectedness or therapeutic alliance with patients

●      Learn practical psychotherapy techniques

●      Reduce stigma both for patients and providers seeking treatment

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and Emotion Connection LLC. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, designates this enduring material for a maximum of *1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per hour. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their engagement in the activity.

California Assembly Bill 1195

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195, which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. For specific information regarding Bill 1195 and definitions of cultural and linguistic competency, please visit the CME website at

Faculty List

Below in the episode selection is a list of presenters.  Click here for a full list of reviewers, content direction team, presenters, and collaborators. 

UCI OCME requires that the content of CME activities and related materials provide balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. Planning must be free of the influence or control of a commercial entity, and promote improvements or quality in healthcare. It is the policy of the UCI Office of Continuing Medical Education to insure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its educational activities. All faculty participating in UCI provided CME programs are expected to disclose to the activity participants any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of the continuing medical education activity. This pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the activity content. The intent of this policy is identifying potential conflicts of interest so participants can form their own judgments with full disclosure of the facts.  It remains for the participants to determine whether the speaker’s outside interests reflect a possible bias in either the exposition or the conclusions presented.

All of the presenters and planners have indicated they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and Emotion Connection LLC.

001: The Basics of the Psychiatric Interview Part 1: mp3, handout, quiz

002: Cognitive Distortions and Practicing Truth mp3/article, journal, quiz

003: Psychopathy with Michael A. Cummings M.D.: mp3, quiz

004: Inpatient Child and Adolescent Suicidality, “Culture of death”, “13 Reasons Why” with Dr. Britt: mp3/article, quiz

005: A Journey Learning Psychotherapy, with Randy Stinnett, Psy.D: mp3/article, quiz

006: Sensorium: Total Brain Function Optimization Part 1: mp3/article, quiz

007: Physicians Receiving Treatment, with Dr. Trenkle: mp3, quiz

008: Schizophrenia with Dr. Cummings: Controversies, Brain Science, Crime, History, Exercise, Successful Treatment: mp3/notes, quiz

009: Diet on Cognitive Function, Brain Optimization, Sensorium Part 2: mp3, handout, quiz

010: Exercise as a Prescription for Depression, Anxiety, Chronic Stress (like Diabetes) and Sensorium: mp3, handout, quiz

011: Sensorium: Medications, Drugs (THC, Alcohol), Medical Issues, Sleep, and Free Will: mp3, handout, quiz

012: Performance Enhancement with Dr. MaryEllen Eller: mp3/article, handout, quiz

013: Postpartum Depression with Dr. Pereau: mp3/article, quiz

014: Do Hormonal Contraceptives Cause Depression?  How Do Estrogen and Progesterone Influence Behavior: mp3/article, quiz

015: Microexpressions to Make Microconnections Part 1, mp3/article, handout, quiz

016: Microexpressions: Fear, Surprise, Disgust, Empathy, and Creating Connection Part 2: mp3/article, handout, quiz

017: Using Microexpressions in Psychotherapy: mp3/article, handout, quiz

018: Prescribing Strength Training for Depression: mp3/article, quiz

019: How Psychiatric Medications Work with Dr. Cummings, mp3/article, handout, quiz

020: The History and Use of Antipsychotics with Dr. Cummings: mp3/article, handout, quiz

021: Dealing with Emotional Detachment: mp3/article, quiz

022: The Psychology of Procrastination: mp3/article, quiz

023: Fight, Flight, or Shut Down. Understanding Polyvagal Theory: mp3/article, quiz

024: The History, Mechanism and Use of Antidepressants: mp3/article, quiz

025: The History and Nuances of Bipolar Illness: mp3/article, quiz

026: Setting Boundaries in Relationships: mp3/article, quiz

027: How to Treat Emotional Trauma: mp3/article, quiz

028: Therapeutic Alliance Part 1: mp3/article, quiz

029: What is Psychodynamic Theory with Allison Maxwell-Johnson: mp3/article, quiz

030: Ketamine and Psychedelics with Dr. Michael Cummings: mp3/article, quiz

031: Psychiatric Approach to Delirium with Dr. Timothy Lee, mp3/article, quiz

032: Therapeutic Alliance Part 2: Meaning and Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy: mp3/article, quiz

033: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder with Kelly Rivinius: mp3/article, quiz

034: Understanding Placebo with Mark Ard, M.D.: mp3/article, quiz

035: ADHD: Diagnosis, Symptoms & Treatment: mp3/article, quiz

036: How Empathy Works and How To Improve It: mp3/article, quiz

037: How to Treat Violent and Aggressive Patients: mp3/article, quiz

038: The Dark Triad (Psychopathy, Narcissism, Machiavellianism), sexually violent predators, Ted Bundy, and Porn: mp3/article, extra blog, quiz

039: Depression and Anxiety in Geriatric Patients: mp3/article, quiz

040: Reducing Inpatient Violence in a Psychiatric Hospital: mp3/article, quiz

041: What is Transference and Countertransference? Session 4 of Therapeutic Alliance: mp3/article, quiz

042: The Science Behind Forgiveness and How it Affects Our Mental Health: mp3/article, quiz

043: How to Help Patients with Sexual Abuse: mp3/article, quiz

044: Marijuana and Mental Health: mp3/article, quiz

045: Schizophrenia in Film and History: mp3/article, quiz

046: Do I have Schizophrenia: mp3/article, quiz

047: Diagnosing Schizophrenia with Dr. Ariana Cunningham: mp3/article, quiz

048: The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontline of PTSD Science with Dr. Shaili Jain: mp3/article, quiz

049: Clozapine for Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia: mp3/article, extra constipation handout, side effect handout, quiz

050: The Process of Grief with Maris Loeffler, LMFT: mp3/article, quiz

051: An Inside Look At Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, & Orthorexia: mp3/article, quiz

052: An Introduction to Psychodermatology: “The Mind-Skin Connection:” mp3/article, quiz

053: Frontal Lobe Damage: Treating Patients through Grief, Acceptance and Growth: mp3/article, quiz

054: Suicide Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Treatments: mp3/article, quiz

055: How to Pick a Good Therapist: mp3/article, quiz

056: Is Elon Musk’s Neuralink A Science Fiction Horror Show or The Salvation of Humanity? mp3/article, quiz

057: Why Lithium is a Great Option for Treating Bipolar, with Dr. Walter A. Brown: mp3/article, quiz

058: Lithium Indications, Mechanism, Monitoring, & Side Effects: mp3/article, quiz

059: Which Foods are Good for Mental Health?: mp3/article, quiz

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