Everyone needs continuing education. But who needs to be overwhelmed by it?

For more than 40 years, Directions in Psychiatry remains the pre-eminent continuing medical education program for psychiatrists worldwide.

Concise, essential, authoritative and timely, Directions in Psychiatry has delivered on the promise of insightful and useful information that psychiatrists world-wide need to stay current and earn psychiatry CME requirements. Directions in Psychiatry keeps you up-to-date as you earn 40 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits annually in the comfort of your home or office.

Submit your test answers online as you progress and receive your CME certificate instantly upon completion. It's the most convenient way to get your psychiatry CME work done from home, office, vacation or while traveling.

NOTE: This course cannot be completed until all four parts are published.


  • 40 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits
  • ABPN Approved
  • 20 Essential Lessons (published in 4 parts throughout the year ending in December)
  • Convenient Digital Delivery Option
  • Print Edition Available
  • Permanent Record of CME Activities
  • Top Faculty from Leading Institutions
  • Online Quizzes
  • Instant CME Certificate Upon Completion
  • Designed for Rapid Learning
  • Abstract for Instant Review
  • Toll-free Customer Service Support

Digital Option: Coursework available immediately upon purchase.
Digital+Print Option: Printed coursework will be sent to you via USPS Priority Mail.

This course awards 40 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits upon completion.

Lessons: 20 per volume, publishing in 4 parts

CME Credits: 40 Category 1 CME credits

Multiple-Choice Questions: 4 per lesson

Estimated Time to complete each lesson: 2 hours

Approvals: ACCME

Course Curriculum

Part 1: Lessons 1-5

Adverse Childhood Experiences, Race, Mental Health, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Using Peer Support to Strengthen Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Review

A Life Span Perspective on Borderline Personality Disorder

Pharmacotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: An Update of Published, Unpublished and Ongoing Studies

Psychiatric Management of the Chronically Suicidal Patient and the Risk of
Completed Suicide: A Clinician’s Case Analysis

Part 2: Lessons 6-10

Burnout in Physicians During COVID-19 Pandemic

Using Trauma-Informed Approaches to Mitigate and Prevent the Impacts of Adverse Events on Children’s Health

Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia: First Episode of Psychosis and Beyond

Acute Inflammation and Plasma Levels of Clozapine: A Case-Based Lesson

The Media, Politics, and Health Care

Part 3: Lessons 11-15

What We Need to Know About Psychosis of Epilepsy 

Tardive Dyskinesia: Current Trends in Prevention and Management

Optimal Approaches to Discussing Advance Directives

Personality Traits Related to Binge Drinking: A Systematic Review

Current Status of Evidence for a New Diagnosis: Food Addiction—A Literature Review

Part 4: Lessons 16-20

An Update on Pharmacotherapy of Major Depressive Disorder

Clinical Pearls in the Management of Treatment-Resistant Depression: An Experiential Approach to Patient Care

Problematic Social Networking Site Use

Impact of Aging on Empathy: Review of Psychological and Neural Mechanisms

The Psychological Challenges of Emergency Medical Service Providers During Disasters: A Mini-Review February 2022

Accreditation Statement

American Medical Association
The Hatherleigh Company, Ltd. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Hatherleigh Company, Ltd. designates this CME activity for a maximum number of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive credit for this course if I purchase it now?

Directions in Psychiatry is published in 4 parts over the course of the year. You will receive credit for completing the course once all 4 parts are released at the end of the year and all 78 questions are answered. You must score 75% or better on each part to have a passing grade with this course.

How does this course work? When does it start?

This course is completely online and you can start right now. You can enter the course whenever you want and take it at your own pace. All course materials will be available to you upon purchase in PDF form. Your certificate will be available to you immediately upon successful completion of the coursework quizzes.

Who should take your courses?

Any healthcare professional who want to keep up-to-date on the latest drug and clinical research, and those seeking high quality CME & CE programs to receive credit or contact hours for re-licensure.

Can I get a certificate if I am not a healthcare professional?

At Hatherleigh, we only issue certificates officially accredited for the health professions. In order to obtain this certificate, it is necessary to be in possession of a qualifying title to the health professions.

At Hatherleigh, we only issue certificates officially to licensed and certified health professionals.

When can I access the course?

Anytime! Once you have registered, you can access the course whenever you want, wherever you want and from any device you use.

Is there a deadline for course completion?

All of our courses should be completed within a three-year period from the purchase date. Accreditation and regulation changes occur. To ensure that you earn the maximum amount of credit from your course, we have instituted a three-year period for completion. Your certificate will state the date your coursework is completed.

I completed the test and program evaluation. Why don't I have access to my certificate?

In addition to completing your quiz and evaluation, you will need to mark "complete and continue" by both the PDF, and the "How to Earn CME" sections of your course in your dashboard. Once these areas read 1/1 instead of 0/1, you will have access to your certificate of completion.

What if I don't like the course? Can I have my money back?

All of our courses are unconditionally guaranteed for 30 days. 

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

Please contact our Customer Care Department. For all the ways to do this, please 
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Pricing options

Choose either digital only or add print edition to your order. Printed course will be mailed to you via USPS.