About the Director of TISA

Shawn Christopher Shea, M.D. has been a dynamic force in the field of mental health for years. Recognized nationally as a preeminent leader in suicide prevention and clinical interviewing, he is now the Director of the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing. Dr. Shea graduated summa cum laude from Duke University in 1976. He received his M.D. from the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980. He then went on to complete his residency training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh in 1984.

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An entertaining and highly acclaimed speaker, Dr. Shea has been awarded the Outstanding Course Award from the American Psychiatric Association. He has been a frequent presenter at the prestigious Cape Cod Summer Symposia where, in 1999, his course received the highest evaluation of the thirty courses presented over the summer - a score that remains one of the highest in the twenty year history of the symposia. One of the most popular speakers in mental health today, he presents over 100 workshops a year. In addition to his Cape Cod presentations, other prestigious venues have included the Santa Fe Symposia, the Door County Summer Institute, and the Muskoka Summer Seminar Series sponsored by McMaster University.

He is the author of Psychiatric Interviewing: the Art of Understanding, 2nd Edition, which is a perennially best-selling text for W. B. Saunders, Inc. In their first years of publication, both the first and second editions were honored by being chosen by the Medical Library Association for the Brandon/Hill List as one of the 16 most important books in the field of psychiatry. His next book The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., first published in 1999 and more recently released as an expanded paperback in 2002, is considered a modern classic in the field of suicidology.

In November of 2004, he published his first book for the general public, the best selling Happiness Is. subtitled Unexpected Answers to Practical Questions in Curious Times published by Health Communications, Inc. to much pre-publication acclaim. The humanitarian Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D. - subject of Tracy Kidder's biography, Mountains Beyond Mountains - hailed Happiness Is. as:

"Deeply affecting, often funny, and always instructive. Destined to inspire an entire generation with the excitement and happiness to be found in the nurturance of compassion and the quest for meaning."

Dr. Shea offers keynote speeches and workshops for businesses, corporations, and other general audiences - based upon the innovations first introduced in Happiness Is. - describing, in a lively fashion, the provocative model of human nature called "the human matrix" and its pivotal role in helping people nurture an enduring sense of happiness, that is present and revitalizing even during times of stress, loss, and pain.

Also a popular workshop presenter within the field of primary care, Dr. Shea has presented over 140 workshops to primary care audiences including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and clinical pharmacists, ranging from methods for improving medication compliance to methods for sensitively eliciting suicidal ideation in a primary care setting.

He has presented to organizations such as the American College of Physicians and at the National Primary Care/Behavioral Healthcare Summit. Presentations for other major primary care organizations have included Kaiser Permanente, Harvard Pilgrim Health, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and CIGNA.

Dr. Shea created and is featured on the innovative learning module, "Suicide Assessment for Primary Care Physicians" on the CD-ROM produced by GlaxoSmithKline entitled, The Hidden Diagnosis: Uncovering Anxiety & Depressive Disorders. He also created the full-length DVD Transforming Angry Resistance: From Theory to Practice in which one of his most popular workshops was captured live by the cameras and production team of the Eli Lilly pharmaceutical corporation.

In 1996, Dr. Shea founded and became the Director of the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing (TISA), a training and consultation service providing workshops, consultations, and quality assurance design in mental health assessments for both mental health professionals and primary care clinicians. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Dartmouth School of Medicine and in private practice.

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Selected Sample of Clientele
for TISA Workshops and Consultations

New England Educational Institute
(Sponsors of the Cape Cod Symposia)
BlueCross/BlueShield of North Carolina
Professional Learning Center
Behavior OnLine, Inc.
(Sponsors of the Cape Code 2000 Series)
Kaiser Permanente
Department of Medicine
Los Angeles, California
Specialized Training Services of San Diego Mid-Atlantic Medical Services
Baltimore, Maryland
The Cambridge Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Psychiatry Department
Western Psychiatic Institute and Clinic
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Psychiatry Department
McMaster's Muskoka Seminars
McMaster University Health Sciences
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Kaiser Permanente Vallejo
Vallejo, California
American College of Physicians
Michigan Branch
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(Sponsors, Family Practice Refresher Course)
Southeast Permanente Medical Group
Atlanta, Georgia
Psychiatric Hospital Dennenoord
Centennial Celebration
Zuidlaren, Holland
SmithKline Beecham
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Taos Pueblo Community Mental Health Ctr.
Taos, New Mexico
LifeWays, Inc.
Jackson, Michigan
Harvard Pilgrim Health
Boston, Massachusetts
Kaiser Permanente
Department of Internal Medicine
Washington, D.C.
Mayer, Flanagon, Scott, and Associates
Columbia, Missouri
Brattleboro Retreat
Brattleboro, Vermont
Oklahoma Institute for Mental Health Education and Training
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Brightside Series
Sisters of Providence
Behavioral Health Care
West Springfield, Massachusetts
The Master Therapists Series
Department pf Psychiatry
University of Connecticut
Marathon House
Drug and Rehabilitation Center
Dublin, New Hampshire
Association of Community Health Centers of Kansas, Inc.
Topeka, Kansas
Human Services, Inc.
Minneapolis, Minnesota