Psychopharmacology for the Non-Medically Trained Professional

Date: Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Time: 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: Bryant Conference Center

Categories: School of Social Work

Psychopharmacology for the Non-Medically Trained Professional

Speaker: Sophia Dz

June 2, 2020

Course Schedule 

This workshop will take place on Friday, June 2, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center on the campus of The University of Alabama 

Course Description 

Non-medically trained professionals employed in the counseling and healthcare environment often help to address the needs of clients taking psychopharmacological substances- prescribed or herbal/botanical substances.  Though these professionals do not prescribe medications, they often require a working knowledge of their impact in order to support clients in their recovery and healing process. This requires knowledge and awareness of relevant information such as the therapeutic effects, side effects, strengths and possible problems that can result from substance related interventions. This seminar is designed to provide non-prescribing professionals with an overview of issues related directly to the benefits and/or problems that can occur when using selected psychotropic medications. Health and mental health conditions and the medications often used to treat them include: Chronic pain, sleep disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD).

Learner Objectives 

Participants will:

  • Identify myths associated with the use of "tested" medications designed to improve health and mental health.
  • Identify how substances affect the brain in terms of thoughts, feelings and actions.
  • List factors related to increased and decreased consumer continuance/adherence/compliance. 
  • Identify the basic rules to follow when monitoring substance usage as a non-medically trained professional.
  • Identify important medical terms (e.g., generic versus brand name, half-life) that can facilitate the non-medically trained professional providing supportive client care.   
  • Identify several of the most popular psychotropic medications most often taken by adults and the classifications in which they fall. 
  • Explore practice strategy along with alternative options for treatment to either supplement or circumvent the use of medications as the sole treatment modality in chronic pain, sleep disorders, depression, anxiety and AD/HD.  

Contact Info: Peggy Swails, pswails@ua.edu, 205.348.7764, Website

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