Medical History in Psychological Evaluations CEU Event in Burlingame, CA (November 7th)

Medical History in Psychological Evaluations CEU Event in Burlingame, CA (November 7th)

San Mateo County Psychological Association Presents  

Medical History in Psychological Evaluations

Presenter:  Earl Sutherland, Ph.D., M.A. (CSPP ’08 Alumnus)

​​November 7th, 2015, 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, 1501 Trousdale Drive, Auditorium 1 North, Burlingame

4 Cont. Ed. Hours (pending) will be available to Psychologists,

EdDs, LCSWs, LMFTs and Nurses, granted through the California Psychological Association

Advance registration recommended and discounted. Register today and pay in advance by clicking:

Don’t miss additional discount.  For questions, call Annette Taylor 408-757-7720.

Registrants & Fees

Member SMCPA-CPA-Local Chapter  $50.00 (After 10/26, $60.00)                     Non Member  $70.00  (After 10/26,  $80.00)

Mills-Peninsula Hospital Staff  $50.00 (After 10/26,  $60.00)                             Student:  $20.00 (After 10/26,  $30.00)

Course Description

Psychologists are typically well-trained in assessing current psychological functioning and relevant psychological and family histories.  Sometimes psychologists also ask questions about current and past use of psychoactive medications, and, less frequently, about non-psychiatric medications.  Most psychologists, however, could benefit from additional information on what lab tests patients should have had, what are the psychological side effects of common non-psychiatric medications, as well as the benefits and potential dangers of herbal and other nutritional supplements. We should also know how psychological symptoms are also affected by food, by pain, by hydration, and by a number of other medical/physical factors.

This 4-hour CE course will provide an overview of areas outside the typical psychological intake that could be relevant to treatment.  Questions of when to ask patients to request further medical evaluation and how psychologists can work with he patient’s physicians will also be covered. Particular attention will be given to assessing and treating polypharmacy (in collaboration with the patient’s physicians).


  • Introduction: Responsibilities and guidelines for psychologists in assessing medical topics. Importance of informed consent
  • Medical conditions that influence psychological problems, e.g., thyroid, testosterone, vitamin deficiencies
  • Common prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and nutritional supplements that can create or exacerbate psychological symptoms.
  • Nutrition and psychological symptoms, including those related to caffeine, inadequate hydration, etc.
  • Polypharmacy/Chronic Pain:  Causes and treatment
  • Collaborating with patients’ physicians: What works and what does not work

​Cases will be used for illustration, and references will be provided for participants who want further information.  Ample time will be left for questions and discussion.  There will be one 15-minute break.


The presenter is Earl Sutherland, PhD, MS, Licensed Prescribing Psychologist.  Dr. Sutherland is Medical Director of the Big Horn Valley Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Hardin, Montana. He is administrative supervisor for primary care and behavioral health providers, and Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee. Dr. Sutherland is a Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Psychology.  His PhD is from the University of Virginia, and his Postdoctoral Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology is from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least one medical condition that causes or contributes to psychological symptoms.
  2. Identify at least one vitamin, over-the-counter product, or dietary supplement that can increase or decrease psychological symptoms.
  3. Identify at least one commonly prescribed non-psychiatric medication that can have psychological consequences.
  4. Identify at least one lab test that a depressed patient should have had within a year of starting therapy.


Jacobson, S.A. (2012). Laboratory Medicine in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing.

Marieb, E.N. & Hoehn, K.N.  (2012) Human Anatomy and Physiology (9th ed.).  York, New York: Pearson Education.

McCance, K.L. & Huether, S.E. (2014) Pathophysiology: The Biological Basis for Disease in Adults and Children (7th ed.). St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Mosby.

Morrison, J. (2015) When Psychological Problems Mask Medical Disorders: A Guide for Psychotherapists (2nd ed.). New York, New York: Guilford Press

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The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. ​Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 4 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.