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This intermediate-level course provides an overview of clinical psychopharmacology, presents information on the diagnosis of mental health conditions, and describes the proper use and monitoring of psychotropic medications. The course opens with a discussion of the biological and psychological bases of major mental disorders and describes the usefulness of drug therapy. Numerous psychiatric illnesses are discussed. The section on depression describes characteristics of normal emotional reactions versus clinical depression. Participants will learn about the manic and depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder, including mania with extreme agitation, and the advantages and disadvantages of managing this condition with lithium. For each type of illness, decision trees are provided to aid in diagnosis and treatment.
The course discusses medical diseases that may cause psychosis and describes the common adverse effects of antipsychotic medications. The course also provides an overview of nonprescription herbal remedies and dietary supplements. Participants will learn about strategies to enhance patient adherence to prescribed medication regimens. A checklist is provided to assist the clinician in identifying potential factors contributing to break-through symptoms and patient nonresponse to treatment. This course serves as a concise and practical guide for healthcare professionals who have prescriptive privileges, as well as social workers, psychologists, counselors, and marriage and family therapists whose practice requires knowledge of psychotropic medications.
Participants will receive 8 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course.
- Recognize the causes of psychiatric illnesses and their implications for the use of psychotropic medications.
- Identify major depression and the appropriate pharmacological interventions to treat it.
- Discuss the differential diagnosis of bipolar disorder and psychopharmacological treatment modalities.
- Differentiate among anxiety disorders and the possible treatment approaches for each.
- Describe schizophrenia and other psychotic conditions and the medications used to treat them.
- Identify medication management issues for OCD, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, aggression, eating disorders, and PTSD.
- Explain concerns about the use of over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements for self-treatment of psychiatric symptoms.
- Identify common reasons for non-adherence to prescribed medication treatment.
- Discuss factors that may contribute to an inadequate patient response to psychopharmacological therapy.
Anne Manton PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAEN, FAAN, has enjoyed a career of more than 30 years in nursing education and clinical practice. She has taught at the undergraduate (BSN) and graduate (MSN) levels. Emergency nursing has been her clinical specialty area. An interest in the care of psychiatric patients in the emergency department led her to complete a post-master’s program, and she now practices as a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She has contributed to several workbooks on psychopharmacology and has published on other nursing-related topics. She has held leadership positions in several nursing organizations and is the recipient of numerous awards for her significant contributions to her profession. She is a nurse planner for Western Schools.
- 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.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- 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.