Better Together: Mental Wellness as an Effective Augmentation Strategy in Psychiatry

Saturday, October 27
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: W240

Treatment outcomes do not always live up to our expectations or those of our patients. The effectiveness of non-pharmacologic augmentation strategies is well-established, but wellness is often an afterthought in many mental health practices. This session will address the importance of proactively integrating wellness into the treatment planning process. This session will also define the concept of “Wellness Deficit Disorder,” outline the importance of wellness as an effective augmentation strategy, explore the neurobiology of wellness and positive psychology traits, and introduce a new validated wellness scale—The HERO Wellness Scale.

Saundra Jain, MA, PSyD, LPC

Adjunct Clinical Affiliate
University of Texas School of Nursing
University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
Austin, Texas

Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC, is an Adjunct Clinical Affiliate for the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin. She is focused on wellness and the impact of positive psychology on client outcomes. In 1992, she launched a private practice of psychotherapy where she currently provides services for a wide range of mental health issues.

Dr. Jain is a co-founder of the WILD 5 Wellness Program, which combines five elements of wellness (exercise, mindfulness, sleep, social connectedness, and nutrition) into a prescriptive, easy-to-follow wellness program. She is co-author of a well-received workbook written for those interested in improving their mental wellness titled, WILD 5 Wellness Ancient Practices for Modern Times: A Prescriptive & Proven 90-Day Mental Wellness Program. Dr. Jain is active in the area of peer-to-peer education especially in the disease states of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and ADHD. Another strong clinical and educational interest involves differential diagnosis of major psychiatric disorders. She serves as a member of the Psych Congress Steering Committee providing direction regarding educational gaps/needs for healthcare practitioners in the world of mental health.

Dr. Jain obtained her Masters degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Doctoral degree from Southern California University for Professional Studies; she is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She demonstrated professional versatility by obtaining an MBA from Texas Woman's University. She was selected for a Postgraduate Clinical Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas where she trained in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


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Bernadette DeMuri-Maletic, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Bernadette DeMuri-Maletic, MD, received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed residencies in both Psychiatry and Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. DeMuri is the Medical Director of Associated Mental Health Consultants and The TMS center of Wisconsin, both located in Milwaukee. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. DeMuri has a special interest in the treatment of mood disorders including treatment resistant depression.


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