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This intermediate-level course offers simplified and practical information relevant to the pharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders commonly diagnosed in childhood and adolescence. The course discusses the use of psychopharmacology in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, Tourette’s syndrome, conduct disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and childhood schizophrenia.
Children and adolescents often differ from adults in presenting symptoms of psychiatric diagnoses as well as in the ways in which drugs are metabolized. Participants will learn about the major biological differences between the brains of children and adolescents and those of adults and about neurobiological mechanisms of various disorders. The course explains how to recognize the key diagnostic signs and symptoms of depression in children and adolescents, and it touches upon concerns about a possible increase in suicides among children and adolescents taking antidepressants.
The course describes the signs of mania that are typical of early-onset bipolar disorder and discusses the functional and structural malfunctions leading to bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. Participants will learn how to select and dose psychotropic medications and how to monitor their effects. The target audience for this course includes healthcare professionals with prescription privileges, as well as social workers, clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and other professionals whose work includes child and adolescent populations and whose practice requires knowledge of psychotropic medications.
Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Content 6. Accreditations
6 NBCC hours will be awarded upon completion of this course.
- Describe issues that are relevant in the selection of psychotropic medications for children and adolescents.
- Analyze diagnostic, prescriptive, and medication management issues related to children and adolescents with depression.
- Analyze diagnostic indicators, medication management, and treatment guidelines for children and adolescents with bipolar disorder.
- Analyze diagnostic and medication management issues related to children and adolescents with anxiety disorders.
- Analyze diagnostic and medication management issues related to children and adolescents with psychotic disorders.
- Analyze diagnostic and medication management issues related to children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Analyze diagnostic and medication management issues related to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.
- Analyze diagnostic and medication management issues related to children and adolescents with sleep disorders, Tourette syndrome, conduct disorder, eating disorders, and substance use disorder.
- Analyze over-the-counter options for the treatment of mental health disorders.
Florence Roberts, PhD, PMHCS-BC (Originating Workbook Author), earned her BSN at the University of Texas Medical Center in Galveston, Texas, her MN in Maternal and Child Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, her MSN in Mental Health Nursing at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and her PhD in Child and Family Studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has taught both pediatric and psychiatric nursing, but her focus for the past 13 years has been psychiatric nursing. She has served as an individual and family therapist and as a PRN staff nurse at a crisis stabilization unit. She is certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in adult psychiatric nursing. She is currently professor of nursing at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.
Claire M. Olivier, PMHNP, CNS-BC, PC (3rd Edition Workbook Editor), is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with more than 25 years of experience providing mental health services to patients of all ages. She graduated from Boston College with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and worked in numerous inpatient facilities for more than ten years. Upon completing her master of science degree in nursing at Oregon Health & Science University, Claire worked as a consultation-liaison in a large urban medical facility. She established Olivier Group, PC, in 2001 to provide diagnostic assessments, individual therapy, and psychopharmacology medication management in an outpatient setting in southeastern Massachusetts. She has taught mental health nursing in clinical settings and guest-lectured in psychopharmacology and child and adolescent mental health at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She has served as a preceptor to graduate nursing students at Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire, and Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. Additionally, Claire presents in her local area on various mental health issues to professional and lay groups.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.