Psychopharmacology in Plain English

Friday, May 22, 2020

9:00 am to 4:40 pm

Mental health professionals without medical training often see clients who are on multiple medications that can influence behaviour, response to interventions and the ability to succeed in therapy. Furthermore, clients frequently do not fully understand why they are taking their medications and may even be unclear about who prescribed them in the first place. Despite the confusion, you still have a responsibility to know the symptoms and reactions to medications of your clients, and to coordinate their care.

In this workshop, Kenneth Carter will give you a thorough overview of psychopharmacology basics so you can advocate effectively and safely for your clients. You will hear the latest information about the therapeutic effects, strengths and possible problems associated with the most commonly prescribed medications, such as those used for the treatment of depression, anxiety and insomnia. You will learn how medications work, as well as become aware of their official health warnings. You will also have a chance to explore the ethical decisions that surround the use of psychotrophic medications.

After this dynamic training, you will leave more able to support and educate your clients, as well as better able to communicate with prescribing medical professionals.

You will learn—

  • Why (and what) you should know about psychopharmacology
  • What questions you can expect from clients and prescribers and how to answer them
  • About the latest information and newest medications for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD and insomnia
  • How to handle ethical dilemmas regarding medication discussions with clients
  • How to build your knowledge about psychopharmacology
Kenneth Carter, PhD, ABPP  
Psychopharmacology ethics
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Break
10:30 am – 10:45 am
Guidelines Neuroscience 101
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Lunch (on your own)
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Therapeutic effects of commonly prescribed medications for depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Break
2:45 pm – 2:55 pm
Therapeutic effects of commonly prescribed medications for ADHD, psychosis and insomnia. Additional info about herbal supplements
2:55 pm – 4:40 pm

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Event Detail

May 22, 2020 9:00 am
May 22, 2020 4:40 pm
Knox Church