Clinical Psychopharmacology: A Primer


About the Course

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 completing this course receive 3 clinical social work continuing education credits. 
Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Counselors will receive 2 credit hours upon successfully completing this course.

Learning 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.

About the Author

Sabina R. de Vries, PhD, NCC, LPC-S, is an assistant professor at Texas AandM 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. Dr. de Vries is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), LPC supervisor, and a national certified counselor. 

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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