Full Course Description

Psychopharmacology: What You Need to Know Today about Psychiatric Medications

Program Information


  • Biological Psychiatry
    • Neurotransmitters: The theoretical emotional signaling chemicals of the brain
  • DSM-5® and Psychotropic Med Use Depression
    • Antidepressants: How they are thought to work
    • Cyclics
    • SSRIs
    • SNRIs
    • Other common antidepressants – and why they are used
    • Side effects and risk factors
    • Herbals and depression
    • Treatment-resistant depression
  • Improving Patient Compliance with Mental Health Medications
    • hat you and your clients should know
  • Bipolar Spectrum
    • Medicating Bipolar disorder
    • Current “gold standard” treatment and side effects
    • Anticonvulsant and antipsychotic use in Bipolar disorder
    • Anticonvulsant side effects
    • Risks of medication non-compliance
    • New! Controversial concepts in treating Bipolar spectrum
  • The Many Manifestations of Anxiety
    • Medicating anxiety
    • Benzodiazepines
    • Non-benzodiazepines
    • Medications used to treat insomnia
    • Using anxiolytics safely
    • Side effects of the anxiolytics
  • Schizophrenia
    • How antipsychotic medications are thought to work
    • Conventional antipsychotics
    • Second generation agents
    • Antipsychotic side effects
    • Relapse and non-compliance
  • Controversy Surrounding Antidepressants in Treating Children and Adolescents
    • Antidepressants and suicide in children: The real truth
    • Medicating anxiety in children
    • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder – the new pediatric bipolar disorder?
  • ADHD Medications – What’s New, What’s Old. Stimulants, Non-Stimulants, and some surprises!
    • The evolution of psychostimulants
  • Alzheimer’s Medications, Treatments, Theory and Controversy
  • What’s Next: Newly Approved Mental Health Medications


  1. Articulate the clinical uses of the five major psychotropic medication classes-antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety agents, antipsychotics and psychostimulants- including their efficacy and their common side effects.
  2. Communicate the potential benefits and risks of using psychotropic medication to treat a wide array of conditions.
  3. Explore psychotropic medication treatment options for clients with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
  4. Analyze the actions, therapeutic uses, and side effects of antidepressants in adults and children.
  5. Implement effective methods for collaborating with clients, families and prescribers in order to build a comprehensive treatment plan.
  6. Explore specific ethical issues and their resolve to the everyday practice of clinical psychopharmacology.


Copyright : 03/20/2018