Psychopharmacology in Behavioral Health Medicine


About the Course
Clinical psychopharmacology has evolved over the past decade. The primary drive for its global adoption in the medical community stems from its unique objective of exploring the physiological influence of medications on the behavior of animals, and by extension humans. In addition, the number of psychopharmacological studies exploring the psychotropic nature of drugs and the possibilities of instituting the findings from these studies in primary care settings has doubled. This has birthed the emergence of a strong link between neurosciences and psychiatry, founded solidly on the biological knowledge of neuronal connectivity, neurotransmitter physiology, drug mechanism of action, neuronal circuitry, and psychotropic drug targets in the brain. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand the evolutions of drugs discovery and experimentations in psychopharmacology.
  • Discuss the different eras of psychopharmacological development.
  • Understand the biology and science of neurons, neurotransmitters, and synaptic transmissions.
  • Discuss the basic mechanism of action of the different psychoactive drugs prescribed in psycho-behavioral healthcare today.
  • Understand the use, contraindications, dosage, and side effects of the commonly prescribed psychoactive medications. 

About the Author/Presenter
Jassin Jouria, MD, is a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician who specializes in resuscitation of critical patients. Most of his clinical work is at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department in Greensburg, Indiana. With his background in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery clinical research, and disaster medicine, Dr. Jouria is extremely familiar with emergency and critical care. His interests include Pre-Hospital Medicine, Disaster Medicine, State and Federal disaster response and preparation, as well as international disaster aid. Dr. Jouria has developed Continuing Education curricula for Critical Care, Pre-Hospital/EMS quality control, post-surgical care, and improving overall patient outcome. Dr. Jouria has served as a test prep tutor and instructor for Kaplan. He has developed several medical courses and curricula for a variety of educational institutions. Dr. Jouria has also served on multiple levels in the academic field including faculty member and Department Chair. Dr. Jouria continues to serve as a Subject Matter Expert for several continuing education organizations covering multiple basic medical sciences. Dr. Jouria has published an academic textbook on Anatomy & Physiology. 

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 4-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
    Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • 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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