2019 ECT Certificate Course

The 29th Annual ISEN Conference will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Union Square in San Francisco, CA May 18 - 19, 2019.

2019 ISEN Annual Meeting & Course Brochure (1.6 MB .pdf)

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ECT Certificate Course

Saturday, May 18, 2019
This one-day certificate course on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) consists of didactic and “hands on” practicum experiences, and includes a certification exam.


Annual Meeting

Sunday, May 19, 2019
The Annual Meeting of the ISEN is a one-day conference that includes plenary presentations by leading experts in the fields of ECT, TMS, and other novel brain stimulation therapies, as well as a poster session for abstract submissions.



7:00 - 7:45 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:45 - 8:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks [Richard Jaffe, MD]
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Patient Selection, Preparation and Management in ECT
[Richard Jaffe, MD]
8:45 - 9:30 a.m. ECT Adverse Effects and Their Management [Richard D. Weiner, MD, PhD]
9:30 - 9:50 a.m. Break
9:50 - 10:35 a.m. The Use of Anesthesia in ECT [Georgios Petrides, MD]
10:35 - 11:15 a.m. Decisions in the Course of ECT [Robert M. Greenberg, MD]
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Question and Answer Session
11:45 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (Lunch Provided; Faculty Roundtable Discussions)
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Practicum Session One
  • Consists of 3 Skill Stations. Each skill station is allotted 45 minutes.
  • Station A - ECT Devices [C. Edward Coffey, MD; Joan Prudic, MD]
  • Station B - Patient Preparation [Charles H. Kellner, MD]
  • Station C - Patient Monitoring [W. Vaughn McCall, MD, MS]
1:45 - 1:50 p.m. Rotate Skill Stations
1:50 - 2:35 p.m. Practicum Session Two
2:35 - 2:50 p.m. Break & Rotate Skill Stations
2:50 - 3:35 p.m. Practicum Session Three
3:35 - 4:00 p.m. Question and Answer Session
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Examination


Registration will be available starting February 1, 2019

For your convenience, this meeting has been arranged to coincide with the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. It is recommended that hotel reservations be made well in advance. The registration fees include course materials, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch and Continuing Education Credits. Seating for the ECT Certificate Course is limited. Registrations will be accepted in the order received. A copy of current medical license must be included with registration.

*Note: Food and beverage can only be guaranteed for those who are preregistered.

Registration Fees

  • ISEN Physician Members $945
  • ISEN Other Clinician Members $945
  • ISEN Nurse Members $545
  • ISEN Resident/Trainee Members* $545
  • ISEN Student Members* $345
  • Non-Member Physicians $1,345
  • Non-Member Other Clinicians $1,345
  • Non-Member Nurses $745
  • Non-Member Residents/Trainees* $745
  • Non-Member Students* $445

*Requires Program Director letter

All registrations must include a copy of medical license. Please e-mail a copy of your current medical license, and Program Director letter if required, to Kelly Coffey at meetings@isen-ect.org.

If you require assistance with hearing, vision or mobility to make this conference accessible to you, please contact Kelly Coffey via phone, 631.678.6276 or email, meetings@isen-ect.org at least three weeks prior to the conference date.

Digital Materials

In lieu of paper printed programs, all event and course materials will be available in digital format. Registrants will have access to program information, including slide sets received from speakers in advance of the meeting, via a password protected page on the ISEN website. Registrants will be able to download materials, and if they wish, print paper copies. Registered attendees: To access materials, first log in to your ISEN account used to register for the event. Then, simply click your name in the upper right hand corner of the site page to view your profile. Links to the slides can be found on your profile page under your Account Information.

Registration Deadline

Friday, May 3, 2019. (Registrations will be taken after the deadline date based on space availability.)

Refund Policy for Meeting & Courses

A refund of the registration fee, less an $85 processing fee, will be made when a written request followed by a written confirmation is received prior to May 3, 2019. After this date, refunds cannot be made. Fees will not be refunded for failure to attend. The sponsors of the course reserve the right to cancel or postpone any conference because of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. In the event of such cancellations, full tuition will be refunded.

Intended Audience

Since its development in 1938, electroconvulsive therapy has remained a crucial part of the psychiatrist’s armamentarium in the treatment of major mental illness. Continued research has resulted in numerous refinements in treatment technique. Recommendations in the last decade regarding optimal practice have included important new ideas regarding patient selection, stimulus dose titration and outpatient maintenance strategies. The International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation (ISEN), in accordance with its mission to promote the safe and effective use of ECT, commissioned a task force in 1997 to study the training and credentialing of clinicians in this treatment modality. As a result of this task force, this full-day course on ECT, with exam, was developed. This course has been developed for psychiatrists, other physicians, and nurses involved in the administration of ECT. ISEN reserves the right to refuse registration, or refund registration fees, to any person whose presence has the potential to be disruptive and/or not consistent with the mission and goals of the organization.


At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • identify the indications for electroconvulsive therapy and appropriateness of patients.
  • evaluate patients to determine appropriateness for unilateral or bilateral treatment.
  • understand stimulus settings for present ECT devices.
  • identify and manage common ECT complications.
  • develop effective continuation and maintenance treatment strategies for patients with recurrent illness.


Practicum sessions will give attendees sufficient time to complete the course objectives. However, as a sponsor of the course, Professional Education Services Group (PESG) and the International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation do not certify the competency of any individual.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of PESG and ISEN. This activity will provide continuing education for physicians and psychologists, as well as a general participation CE certificate for other attendees. This activity is approved for up to 6.25 hours of continuing education.

Professional Education Services Group is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Physicians should only claim credit to the extent of their participation. The American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. PESG is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESG maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Venue & Accommodations

Venue Information

San Francisco Marriott Union Square 480 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

For your convenience, this meeting has been arranged to coincide with the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. ISEN attendees will appreciate this venue’s proximity to the The George R. Moscone Convention Center.


Attendees are responsible for booking overnight accommodations if needed. A block of rooms has not been reserved at any one hotel, including the San Francisco Marriott Union Square. A few other nearby hotels to consider:

Disclosure of Commercial Relationships

In compliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, all individuals in a position to control/influence the content of this activity are required to disclose relevant financial interests of their own or spouse or partners with any commercial interests and/or non-FDA approved use of a drug or a device that is included in the presentation.

Enhancing Communication Services for the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

If you require assistance with hearing, vision or mobility to make this conference accessible to you, please contact Kelly Coffey at meetings@isen-ect.org at least three weeks prior to the conference date.

Questions? Please email: meetings@isen-ect.org