Psychopharmacology

School of Professional Psychology and Health MCP 5109 3.00

This 3-credit hour course provides an understanding of the basic classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications for the purpose of enhancing capacity for client education and support.   Students will study of the range of current psychopharmacology interventions in terms of mental disorder diagnostic categories, including antidepressants, antianxiety drugs, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics. Neurobiological mechanisms of mental disorders are reviewed in terms of current research.   Interaction of psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions will be discussed, including medication response and side effects.  Neurobiological mechanisms of mental disorders are reviews in terms of current research. Interaction of psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions is discussed, including medication response and side effects. This advance seminar will prepare students to in integrated service teams and advocate for their clients. Case studies will help students understand indications and contraindications of commonly used medication. Students will learn how to make appropriate referrals. Non-ICPW or non-CMHW student

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