Psychopharmacology (2 CE)
Pharmacotherapy has become a progressively dominant option in treating psychiatric/psychological disorders. In order to follow the rapid changes in the field of psychiatry, psychotherapists should understand some basic elements of brain biology and how the prescribed medications affect the brain to provide symptom relief. This course addresses psychotropic medications commonly used, their implications, and side-effects. It focuses on disorders that are often treated with medication: Depressive, Anxiety, Psychotic, and Bipolar Disorders, and AD/HD. By understanding this information, therapists can be more effective when consulting with psychiatrists and primary physicians and provide thorough patient care. Case vignettes address Acute Situational Anxiety, Major Depression, and Bipolar Illness and reference guides to commonly used psychotropic medications.
Course Level: Beginner, Intermeridate
Course By: Jennifer Kolb, LCSW
Jennifer Kolb, LCSW; Social Work Consultant, reviewed and determined the course meets requirements for continuing education in the field of social work. This course is appropriate for masters and clinical level social workers. Jennifer graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She specializes in school-based psychotherapy with children and adolescents, as well as licensing exam coaching and preparation.
Authors: Emily Bost-Baxter, M.D., Lesli Johnson, M.A., LMFT, Jodi Blackley, M.S., LMFT
Target Audience: Introductory and Intermediate; LMFTs, Social Workers, LPCCs, Nurses, Substance Abuse Counselors, and other mental health clinicians.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Identify the types of medications commonly used to treat depressive and anxiety symptoms.
- Identify the types of medications commonly used to treat bipolar and psychotic symptoms.
- Identify the types of medications and alternative approaches commonly used to treat AD/HD.