Online Course » Behavioral Health Medications

Course Description:
This publication is the latest edition of the previously published manual entitled, Psychotherapeutic Medications: What Every Counselor Should Know. Patients who are in combined treatment often see a pharmacotherapist for their medication therapy and a psychotherapist for their talk therapy. This material provides a quick "desk reference" on psychotherapeutic medications for substance abuse and mental health treatment providers. The following topics are included for each medication type: Generic name/Brand name; Purpose of the medication; Usual dose, frequency, and side effects; Potential side effects; Potential for abuse or dependence; Emergency Conditions; Cautions; Special Considerations for Pregnant Women.

Course Objective:
Upon completing this program, participants should be able to
  • Describe medications and their uses for various psychiatric disorders.
  • Identify potential side effects of psychotherapeutic medications.
  • Discuss dosage, cautions, and potentials emergencies for each medication.
Intended Audience:
Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses

Author Bio:
Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Ignacio Alejandro Barajas Muñoz, MS, MA

Content review for current edition provided by:
Steven C. Stoner, PharmD, BCPP
Marcia J. Walmer, RN, AP/MHNP-BC, LCSW, ACSW
American Psychological Association - view details
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California Board of Registered Nursing - view details
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) - view details
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) - view details
Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists - view details

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