Perry W. Buffington – 2018 Psychopharmacology Intensive
With the number of prescriptions written yearly on the rise, it’s more critical than ever for mental health professionals to understand how psychotropic medications work, where in the body they work, and why they do (or don’t) improve your clients’ therapeutic outcomes.
Are you confident in your role as both the patient advocate and protector to effectively address medication assisted treatments in your overall care plan?
Based on 20+ years of experience in the medical-consulting field, expert instructor Perry Buffington, Ph.D., M.S., will guide you through the newest advances and contemporary trends in blending medication management with psychotherapy interventions for ADHD, depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, substance abuse and more.
Together, you’ll explore medical drug emergencies, how nutrition and herbal supplements impact medication effectiveness, and the psychopharmacological ethics you need to know to best protect your clients. You’ll also learn specialized guidelines for geriatrics, pregnant or nursing women, and clients with chronic pain.
Designed for counselors, nurses, psychotherapists, psychologists and other mental health professionals, this comprehensive online course will walk you step-by-step through the science of psychopharmacology in a non-threatening, non-complicated way.
Don’t wait to get the knowledge you need to know to answer your clients’ questions, manage side effects, understand medication reactions and improve your treatment outcomes.
Get the up-to-date medication information you need to improve your treatment outcomes.
Through three comprehensive video modules, Dr. Perry Buffington will show you the latest advances in psychopharmacology and contemporary trends in medication management. In addition to a foundational review of medications, you will examine case examples, discuss medication controversies and learn how to effectively collaborate with prescribing practitioners.
Dr. Buffington’s years of work in mental health combined with his engaging presentation style, make this complex topic understandable, applicable and useful. With an emphasis on the experience and safety of the client, you’ll get the step-by-step guidance you need to comfortably, confidently and safely help your clients using medication.
The Foundation of Psychopharmacology & Treatment of Depressive Disorders
In Module One, Dr. Buffington will begin with the basic knowledge of psychopharmacology that all non-prescribing providers need to know.
Together, you’ll review the many options your clients have for both medication and/or psychotherapy. You’ll also start exploring how drugs work, where in the body they work, and why they work (or don’t work!). Leave this module with a mastery of the foundational skills you need to better protect your patients using medication.
The 9 rules of psychopharmacology
Drug metabolism concepts: pharmacokinetics & pharmacodynamics
Mechanism of action of today’s psychotropic medications: How, where and why medications work
Placebo & nocebo
Understanding receptors and how to prescribe based on their action
Masking: Psychological Problems Disguising Medical Disorders
Differential disorders & diagnostic workup
Top 10 life threatening side effects
The terminal button & neuronal health
Biogenic amine, cortisol, down-regulation, & neurotropic hypotheses
Treatment resistant depression and drug combinations
Treating Anxiety, Trauma, and Other Mental Health Disorders
In this session, you’ll take a deep dive into the neurochemistry and medication management strategies of specific disorders.
Dr. Buffington will also explore side effects, including where unusual and common side effects come from, so you can ease their impact and help your clients achieve optimal results from their medication care plan.
Extrapyramidal symptoms and TD
Hyperprolactinemia: Why you need to know it
Use of atypical antipsychotics for multiple disorders
Pregnancy and psychotic disorders
Movement disorders: Tardive Dyskinesias, Dystonias, Akathisia, EPS
REM sleep and neurotransmitters
FDA-approved treatments for insomnia
Mood stabilizers and lithium
Anti-convulsants & neuromodulators
“Stacker Diet Pills”
Laxatives and diuretics
Impact of medication on treatment outcomes
Anxiety, OCD and Trauma Related Disorders
Benzodiazepines: risks and benefits
Monoaminergic rich foods
Achetylcholinergic rich foods
Working with Special Cases and Understanding Ethics
In the final module, you’ll learn how to distinguish the unique medication considerations for special populations. You’ll also learn to differentiate between acute vs. chronic pain and the ethical issues surrounding the everyday practice of clinical psychopharmacology.
You’ll leave this module confident in your ability to effectively address medication assisted treatments into your overall care plan with an understanding of your role as both the patient advocate and protector.
Substance abuse and ADHD
Stimulant vs. non-stimulant options
Substance Abuse Disorders
Negative reinforcement & creation of habits
PCP, MDMA (ecstasy) & ketamine
Energy vs. chill drinks
Over-the-counter & herbal psychopharmacology
Treating Client Pain
Acute vs. chronic pain
Alternatives to psychopharmacology
Pain vs. depression: which comes first?
Co-morbid pain alternatives
Specialized guidelines for geriatric patients
Slow vs. rapid metabolizers (genetic polymorphisms)
Ethics and Psychopharmacology
High-risk pharmacology & psychopharmacology
Off-label use of medications
Prescribing for children
Marketing of mental illness
Informed vs. uninformed consent
Patient & third party pressures
Ethics associated with medical errors
Enroll today and you’ll get these TWO FREE BONUSES (A $54.98 value)!
PDF Download | Psychopharmacology: Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications, Third Edition
This unique and practical book will assist you in gaining a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms of action, clinical applications, common adverse effects and risks of the medications most frequently prescribed in the contemporary treatment of psychiatric disorders. You’ll get the psychopharmacology guidance you need in practical, clinically relevant language that will move you through the maze of mental health medications and help you identify ways to use your expanded knowledge to improve client outcomes.
PDF Download | Co-Occurring Disorders: Integrated Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use and Mental Disorders
Co-Occurring Disorders is a guide to practical assessment and effective treatment approaches for working with any number of co-occurring disorders. This step-by-step approach, demonstrated through diverse case studies, gives you the tools you need to improve and track your clinical outcomes. This is a must-have resource for both the rubber-meets-the-road clinician who wants effective strategies and a clear direction for treatment and recovery, and the administrator who creates interventions at the system level with attention to regulatory and reimbursement demands. Also included is a comprehensive state-by-state Guide to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Agencies and Prescription Monitoring Programs
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