2020 ECT Certificate Course

The 30th Annual ISEN Conference will be held at The Westin Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA April 25 - 26, 2020.

2020 Call for Abstracts
2020 ISEN Annual Meeting & Course Brochure (4.2 MB .pdf)

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ECT Certificate Course

Saturday, April 25, 2020
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, April 26, 2020
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; Amy S. Aloysi, MD, MPH]
  • 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


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.

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.

Registration Deadline

Friday, April 10, 2020. (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 April 10, 2020. 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.

Continuing Education Information

This activity provides continuing education credit for physicians and psychologists. 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 AffinityCE and ISEN. AffinityCE is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AffinityCE designates this live CME activity for a maximum of 6.25 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AffinityCE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AffinityCE maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The instructional level of this activity is intermediate. The cost to participate in this CE activity is included in the activity registration fee.

Nurses can receive a statement of participation certificate that states that this activity provides AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. This may be used for continuing education credit. Please consult your accrediting organization or licensing board for their acceptance of this CE activity.

Of note, practicum sessions will give attendees sufficient time to complete the course objectives. However, ISEN does not certify the competency of any individual.

Venue & Accommodations

Venue Information

The Westin Philadelphia 99 South 17th Street at Liberty Place Philadelphia, PA 19103

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 Pennsylvania Convention Center. It is a brief 12-minute walk away.


Attendees are responsible for booking overnight accommodations if needed. A block of rooms has not been reserved at any one hotel, including The Westin Philadelphia. A few other nearby hotels to consider:
  • Le Méridien Philadelphia 1421 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 This hotel is about a four-minute walk from the convention center.
  • Aloft Philadelphia Downtown 101 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 This hotel is about a four-minute walk from the convention center.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia 237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 This hotel is about a twelve-minute walk from the convention center.

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