Mental Health In the Workplace Symposium

Course Overview

According to a recent study*, 22.5% of adults 18 or older have one or more mental disorders.  The vast majority of that group, 20.3% of the population, are employed full time.  That’s 23,737,000 people!

It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway — a person at work with a mental disorder can be a cause for concern.  Depression, anxiety and substance abuse all have the potential of resulting in interpersonal conflict, workplace violence, reduced productivity, lost work time and many other problems.

This symposium will explore:

  • The scope of the problem and its impact
  • Increasing productivity and decreasing absenteeism
  • Promoting successful Return to Work and Stay at Work practices including psychotherapy and psychopharmacology
  • Substance abuse and the impact of new marijuana laws on the workplace


This symposium will:

  • Define the scope and the impact of behavior health conditions in the workplace.
  • Explain the extent to which behavioral health conditions compromise an employee’s productivity, absenteeism, and cost.
  • Discuss the behavioral health conditions that most commonly contribute to issues in the workplace.
  • Evaluate utilization of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in the outlined patient population.
  • Present programs that have been shown to successfully address early, safe return to work, workplace health and safety, and appropriate accommodation.

Symposium Learning Objectives²:

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of behavioral health conditions in the workplace to both the employer and the employee.
  • Recognize behavioral health conditions that commonly limit an employee’s productivity.
  • Summarize available programs shown to increase productivity and decrease absenteeism in employees with these conditions.
  • Review the appropriate treatment that may promote the most appropriate, safe return to work.
  • Formulate workplace accommodations that may facilitate and maintain a successful return to work / stay at work.

Who Should Attend?

This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, industrial hygienists, safety professionals; and accommodations, disability and human resources specialists, employers, supervisors, union representatives and members of health and safety committees.

Symposium Planning Committee

Edward C. Alvino, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, UNUM

Oscar Arias, MD, ScD, Assistant Director, Southern California Education and Research Center, University of California Los Angeles

Catherine, Boomus. MS, MPH Assistant Professor and SCER C Residency Director, Center for Occupational safety and Health, University of California, Irvine

Tori Weeks,  Director, Workforce Solutions, UNUM 


David A. Adler, MD, Professor Of Psychiatry and Medicine, Tufts Univ. School of Medicine; Senior Psychiatrist, Dept. of Psychiatry; Senior Scientist, Institute for Clinical Research, The Center for Health Solutions, Tufts Medical Center

Taha M. Ahmad MD, MPH, FACP, Chief of Service, Occupational Health Services
Kaiser Permanente Panorama City

Marnie Dobson, PhD, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Medicine, UC Irvine

Tess Elconin, UCLA Med Center, Chancellor’s Office of Legal Affairs, University of California Los Angeles

Michael Gitlin, MD. Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles

Stuart Gitlow, M.D., M.P.H.,  Board Certified in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine; Past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine

Leslie Israel, DO, MPH, FACOEM, Medical Director, Dept. of Water & Power, City of Los Angeles

Nanette Levine-Mann, Campus Human Resources, University of California Los Angeles

Adrienne Malka, Assistant Director,  Insurance & Risk Management, University of California Los Angeles

Karen Miotto, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of California Los Angeles; Chair, UCLA Physician Wellness Program and Medical Staff Health Committee

Kathleen Shiroma, Employee Relations Consultant, Campus Human Resources, University of California Los Angeles

Tori Weeks, Director, Workforce Solutions , UNUM


  • Co-Moderators:  Edward C. Alvino and Catherine Boomus
  • 7:30 – 8:00  am  Registration/Refreshments
  • 8:00 – 8:15  am   Welcome, Introductions, Overview — Alvino / Boomus

I. The Scope of Behavioral Health Conditions in the Workplace and their Impact on the Employee and the Employer

  • 8:15 – 9:00  am  The Magnitude of the Problem –  Nanette Levine-Mann, Jorge Cherbosque, and Tess Elconin
  • 9:00 – 9:45 am The Scope of Mental Health Conditions in the Work Place – Michael Gitlin
  • 10:15 – 11:00 am  Managing Behavior Health Disability from An Occupational Medicine Perspective – Taha Ahmad
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Panel Discussion on the Impact of Behavioral Health Conditions in the Workplace to Both the Employer, the Employee, and Employee Representatives –  Leslie Israel, Adrienne Malka, Peter Schnall OR Marnie Dobson, Kathleen Shiroma, Tori Weeks
  • 12:00 – 12:30  pm  Q & A – All morning speakers

II. Increasing Productivity and Decreasing Absenteeism in Employees with Behavioral Health Conditions

  • 12:30 – 2:00 pm  Luncheon Keynote Speaker – David Adler

III. Promoting a Successful Return to Work at the Earliest Time Compatible with Health and Safety for Employees on Disability with Behavioral Health Conditions

  • 2:00 – 2:45 pm  Utilizing Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology to Promote a Timely and Successful Return to Work – TBA
  • 2:45 – 3:30 pm  Addressing Disability from a Medical Standpoint when Chronic Pain becomes the Chief Complaint –  Edward C. Alvino
  • 3:45 – 4:30  pm  Alcoholism, Addiction, and Medical Marijuana in the Workplace – Stuart Gitlow
  • 4:30 – 5:00 pm   Q & A – all afternoon speakers
  • 5:00 – 5:15  pm   Wrap-up/evaluations
* SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration), Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, CBHSQ Data Review, October 2014 

²Each presentation will have its own Learning Objectives which may be found on the event web page.

³Subject to modification

Other Registration Options


Register by phone: 310 206-2304 | Register by fax: 310 794-9317

Mail in: 650 Charles E. Young Dr. South 61-279 Los Angeles, CA 90095

Lodging and Transportation Information

Upon request

Payment Terms

(rev. 11/6/09):

Substitutions may be made without additional charge. Cancellations must be in writing. Refund schedule:

  • Cancellation 15 or more business days before the class 80% of registration fee
  • Cancellation 7-14 business days before the class 50%
  • Cancellation less than 7 days before the class and “no shows” No refund

If course materials such as books have been sent to course participants in advance, the cost of that material will be subtracted from the refund.

UCLA reserves the right to postpone an offering 7 days prior to the course date should minimum enrollment requirements not be met. If a program is canceled, you will be notified and your registration fee will be refunded in full, less the cost of course materials sent in advance if they are not returned in the condition in which they were received. The liability of UCLA is limited to the course fee.


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