ECT Certificate Course 2021

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Annual Meeting
April 24-25, 2021

Traditionally an in-person conference, this year’s event will be held virtually and is set to include 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. The call for abstracts is now open. Submit your work today!



ECT Certificate Course
April 17-18, 2021

This virtual course on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) consists of didactic and practicum experiences, and concludes with an online certification exam.


Registrants will receive an email with information on how to access the ISEN Virtual Events via Zoom Webinar the Wednesday prior to the event.

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.


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 collaboration 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 6.75 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 and other health professionals can receive a 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.

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

In order to claim credit, attendees must complete the online event evaluations.

  1. Access the evaluations by visiting: http://isen.cds.pesgce.com/.
  2. Select the activity: ISEN 2021 ECT Course
  3. Enter an e-mail address and password to begin setting up your account. Select “I Forgot My Password” if you already have an account, but need to reset your password.
  4. Verify, correct, or add your information.
  5. Proceed and complete the activity evaluation for each session you attended.
  6. Upon completing your evaluations, you can download your CE Certificate. After the deadline, you can return to the site at any time to download a copy of your certificate.
  7. The deadline to complete evaluations is May 18, 2021.


Saturday, April 17, 2021

9:45a ET 10:00a ET Welcome and Opening Remarks
Richard Jaffe, MD
10:00a ET 10:45a ET Patient Selection, Preparation, and Management in ECT
Richard Jaffe, MD
10:45a ET 11:30a ET Practicum Session | EEG
W. Vaughn McCall, MD, MS
11:30a ET 12:00p ET Morning Q&A
Richard Jaffe, MD and W. Vaughn McCall, MD, MS
12:00p ET 12:30p ET Break
12:30p ET 1:15p ET ECT Adverse Effects and Their Management
Richard D. Weiner, MD, PhD
1:15p ET 2:00p ET The Use of Anesthesia in ECT
Georgios Petrides, MD
2:00p ET 2:30p ET Afternoon Q&A
Richard D. Weiner, MD, PhD and Georgios Petrides, MD

Sunday, April 18, 2021

10:00a ET 10:45a ET Decisions in the Course of ECT
Robert M. Greenberg, MD
10:45a ET 11:30a ET Practicum Session | ECT Devices
C. Edward Coffey, MD and Joan Prudic, MD
11:30a ET 12:00p ET Break
12:00p ET 12:45p ET Practicum Session | Patient Preparation
Charles H. Kellner, MD and Amy S. Aloysi, MD, MPH
12:45p ET 1:15p ET Sunday Q&A
Robert M. Greenberg, MD, C. Edward Coffey, MD, Joan Prudic, MD, Charles H. Kellner, MD and Amy S. Aloysi, MD, MPH
1:15p ET 1:45p ET Break
1:45p ET 2:45p ET Online Certificate Exam



All registrants must email a current copy of their medical license, or practice equivalent, in order to participate in this event. Email such documentation to meetings@isen-ect.org.

Trainee and student registrants must verify their status via an enrollment verification letter. Email such documentation to contact@isen-ect.org.

Registration Fees

ISEN Member Physicians $945 USD
ISEN Member Other Clinicians $945 USD
ISEN Member Nurses $545 USD
ISEN Member Residents/Trainees* $545 USD
ISEN Member Students* $345 USD

Non-Member Physicians $1,345 USD
Non-Member Other Clinicians $1,345 USD
Non-Member Nurses $745 USD
Non-Member Residents/Trainees* $745 USD
Non-Member Students* $445 USD

ECT Course:

Registration is now closed. To inquire about late registration for this event, please email meetings@isen-ect.org.

  • Those registered by April 12th will receive email instructions for joining the Zoom Webinar on April 14th.
  • Those registering April 13th - April 16th at 12pm ET will receive email instructions on April 16th by 6pm ET.
  • Those registering after 12pm ET on April 16th will receive email instructions on an individual basis. Don’t delay your access to the ECT Certificate Course and register by April 13th.

*Requires status verification Program Director letters should be mailed to contact@isen-ect.org.

Refund Policy

A refund of the registration fee, less an $85 processing fee, will be made when an email-written request followed by an email-written confirmation is received prior to April 9, 2021. After this date, refunds cannot be made. Fees will not be refunded for failure to participate. 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. 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.

Virtual Events and Digital Materials

These live virtual events will be hosted via Zoom Video Webinar. 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.

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 with any commercial interests and/or non-FDA approved use of a drug or a device that is included in the presentation.

Enhancing Communication

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

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