Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals


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Substantial numbers of clients with DSM-5® diagnoses will be treated with a combination of psychological and pharmacological treatments. Newer drugs are being introduced to treat mental disorders based on better understanding of the neurobiological contributions to mental disorders and the latest pharmacological research.

This seminar will update and increase your understanding of:
-The neurobiological underpinnings of major DSM-5® diagnoses
-The types and effects of drugs used to treat these diagnoses
-The responsibilities of the non-prescribing therapist to clients taking psychiatric medication

Specifics of the pharmacological treatment and drugs of choice for the DSM 5® Depressive, Bipolar, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Anxiety, OCD, Sleep-Wake, ADHD and Neurocognitive disorders will also be discussed. Unique to this seminar is information on the common types of psychotherapeutic drugs that client s abuse (prescription drug abuse) and methods for prevention and early detection.

-Explain the neurotransmitter systems and neuroanatomy underlying the biological basis for mental disorders and pharmacotherapy.
-Define the role of mental health professionals with clients receiving both psychotherapeutic medications and psychotherapy.
-Describe the major classes of drugs used to treat mental disorders and which mental disorders are appropriately treated with each class of drugs.
-Compare and contrast the effects/side effects of antipsychotics, antidepressants, benzodiazepines and other antianxiety agents, anticonvulsants and drugs used to treat other mental disorders including OCD, ADHD, and cognitive impairment.
-Discuss the abuse liability of drugs used in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, pain and ADHD.
-Describe methods for prevention and early identification of prescription drug abuse.

-Psychopharmacological Foundations
-Behavior and Psychotherapeutic Drug Actions
-Your Role in Psychological and Pharmacological Combined Treatments
-Treatment of DSM-5® Mental Disorders
-Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
-Depressive Disorders
-Bipolar Disorders
-Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive and Sleep-Wake Disorders
-ADHD and Neurocognitive Disorders
-Prescription Drug Abuse