Co-occurring Disorders and Psychopharmacology (with Craig Strickland, PhD)

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Eagleville Hospital

100 Eagleville Road

Room 217, Patient Care Building (Conference Center)

Eagleville, PA 19403

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Review classes of psychoactive medications (including newer ones), their uses and limitations, and potential side effects and interactions.

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This seminar reviews basic classes of psychoactive medications (including newer ones), their uses and limitations, potential major side effects and possible serious interactions.

Actions of the medication in the brain and body are presented in a simplified form, as are cultural-ethnic variations connected to biology, beliefs and practices when prescribing specific medications. The use of the Physician’s Desk Reference and the pharmacist for information is explained, and the role of the physician/psychiatrist as a collaborative treatment team member (as presented in the SAMHSA tool kit “Medication Management Approaches in Psychiatry”) is referenced.

Partnering with the person (and family) to assist with managing adherence to a medication regimen is discussed in terms of the person’s overall recovery management.

This seminar is free of charge and provides PCB and SW/LPC credits.

Course Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Review basic brain structure and function and the potential effects of brain-based disorders, including major mental and substance-related disorders
  • Identify classes of psychotropic medications, including their uses, side effects, and risks
  • List potential interactions of classes of psychotropic medications with alcohol and street drugs, including level of risk
  • Examine current evidence-based practice techniques for prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medications, including collaborative work with the person taking these medications (and their family members)
  • Discuss means of working with persons and family members across cultures to support knowledge-based choices about medications, including factors related to adherence

Questions? Email Paul Toth, PhD, Staff Development Manager & Clinical Supervisor, at ptoth@eagleville.org, or call 610-635-7458.

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Eagleville Hospital

100 Eagleville Road

Room 217, Patient Care Building (Conference Center)

Eagleville, PA 19403

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