JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency) Training Institute
Meds & Kids:
Unexpected Reactions & The Clinician’s Options
(3 continuing education credits)
Marla M. Sanzone, Ph.D., M.P.
June 2, 2015; 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
One characteristic of effective psychotherapy is the ability to work with the nuances each client presents. Strong clinicians place a premium on respecting and integrating these individual differences into treatment. You’ve probably noticed how children and adolescents are particularly perceptive of, and reactive to even the slightest variations in clinical approach or the psychological tone of the environment. The same is true for the child’s highly attuned biology as it responds to subtle shifts. Clinicians see the results of this manifest in the behavioral and psychological changes the children present. Perhaps for evolutionarily opportunistic purposes or perhaps just as result of a child’s rapid growth trajectory, physiological medication reactions differ among children and adolescents, and both differ from the adult’s metabolic/physiological, and the psychological outcome of treatment with medication.
In this workshop we will discuss the most typically prescribed antidepressants, mood stabilizers, psycho-stimulants and anti-psychotics for children and adolescents, and how they are thought to work. Current research about biological and other developmental factors that contribute to differential responses and adverse reactions among younger populations will be emphasized to help understand why and how medication affects children and adolescents differently from adults. Also, medication reactions will be addressed with particular attention to what therapists and parents are seeing, what kids are reporting, and the possible treatment options to consider when such challenges present.
This workshop will be particularly helpful for clinicians who have some familiarity with basic classes of psychiatric medications (i.e. SSRIs, TCAs, antipsychotics). Additionally, a basic awareness of how medication works in the body is helpful though knowledge of physiologic and metabolic processes is not necessary.
- Different psychopharmacological agents being prescribed to children and adolescents for various conditions, including anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD.
- Current research-based understandings about psychotropic mechanisms of action and how they impact one’s behavior and emotional state.
- Current theory about how and why specific classes of medications work at different developmental periods.
- Developmental metabolic and hormonal factors thought to impact medication efficacy differently in children, adolescents and adults.
- Biologic factors affecting the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of meds in children and adolescents.
- Which medications and what individual differences are more likely to act and interact differentially at various ages and why.
- What therapists can do seeing signs of possible medication side effects when treating a child or adolescent.
Marla M. Sanzone, Ph.D., M.P. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Annapolis, Maryland with 25 years of experience treating children, adolescents and adults with mood disorders, anxiety-spectrum and compulsive disorders, eating disorders, attention-related and impulse-control conditions, and interpersonal/relationship problems. She is past president of the Maryland Psychological Association, past member and vice chair on the Board of Examiners of Psychologists and adjunct faculty at Loyola College and the University of Maryland Medical School. In 2005 she completed the Post-Doctoral Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology. She works actively with local, state and national organizations toward increasing awareness of the mind-body interface on overall well-being and more specifically, the integral relationship between biological and psychological factors on the therapeutic process.
This is a training for mental health professionals.
Continuing Education: 3 Credits
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JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)
JSSA has been helping people across the Washington metropolitan area meet emotional, social, and physical challenges for more than 120 years. A nonsectarian provider, we serve people of all religious backgrounds, races and ethnicities, helping the youngest child to the most fragile senior, from individuals to entire families. JSSA provides services and support to more than 30,000 individuals and families a year through our wide range of counseling, educational, specialized employment, in-home support, hospice and nursing care, and social services.