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  • Psychology
  • Social Work
Hours: 3 Contact Hours

Sabina R. de Vries, PhD, NCC, LPC-S

Peer Reviewer(s): Joel M. Filmore, PhD
Item#: B4277
Contents: 1 Course Book (52 pages)

Clinical Psychopharmacology: A Primer

Price $29.95
Item # B4277
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: February 22, 2019

Expiration Date: February 22, 2022

It is essential that clinicians are prepared to discuss psychotropic medications with their clients. Many clinicians have not received appropriate training in this area and problems may arise when a clinician fails to refer a client for a medication evaluation or to address concerns clients may have such as worries about side effects. Clinicians with knowledge of psychotropic medications are a great asset to clients. This intermediate-level course provides information pertaining to psychotropic medications, tools to address client concerns and attitudes toward psychotropic medications, and clinical guidance to support client efforts to effectively discuss psychotropic medications with their prescribers.


  • Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion. Accreditations
  • Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

Course Objectives

  • Recognize clinicians’ roles, ethical limitations, and the importance of referral procedures in terms of psychotropic medication.
  • Describe basic principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics.
  • Identify appropriate psychotropic medications for specific mental health diagnoses.
  • Explain treatment alternatives to psychotropic medications.

Sabina R. de Vries, PhD, NCC, LPC-S, is an assistant professor at Texas A&M University – San Antonio. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in community counseling, and doctorate in coun­selor education and supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her teaching interests include psy­chopharmacology, counseling research, and counseling techniques, as well as practicum and internship classes. Dr. de Vries is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), LPC supervisor, and a national certified counselor. Dr. de Vries has an extensive background in clinical work in agency settings as well as private practice. She has pro­vided counseling services to a wide range of clients, including those with severe mental illness, the homeless, and survivors of domestic violence. Currently, part of her small but busy private practice is dedicated to providing pro bono counseling services to active and retired military personnel and their families. Dr. de Vries has published and presented in the areas of homelessness, domestic violence, PTSD, wellness, and clinical applications of emo­tionally focused therapy. Psychopharmacology has been an important part of her counseling experience, and she is an advocate for training mental health providers in this area.

Joel M. Filmore, PhD, is an assistant professor with National Louis University in the Chicagoland area. He is the past-president (2017-2018) of the National Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling and has received many awards for service, leadership, and advocacy through state, regional, and national counseling organizations, including the American Counseling Association. Dr. Filmore’s areas of expertise are in multiculturalism, LGBTQI issues, substance use disorders and addiction, trauma, sex trafficking, and criminal justice. He has taught psychopharmacology for the past 5 years, and as the owner and clinical director of Lighthouse Professional Counseling Center, he utilizes his expertise in assisting the 12 therapists who work in his practice in developing their own understanding of psychopharmacology as a means of producing the best outcomes for their clients.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.