Despite the complexity and safety issues associated with these agents, the majority of prescribing is undertaken by General Medical Practitioners (GPs) with a relative dearth of specialist support. Psychologists can expect to encounter people treated with a range of psychotropic drugs in their everyday practice, and it is important for them to have a working understanding of these medicines. In this session, the relative merits of various medications, their adverse effects and interactions, and factors relevant to their effects upon the psychological state of clients will be discussed.
After attending this session, participants will be able to:
- Understand the relative merits of different psychotopic drugs used for the management of high-frequency mental illnesses
- Describe the adverse effects, drug interactions and other safety issues that are relevant to the use of these medications
- Appreciate the potential interplay between psychotropic drug treatments and the non- pharmacological approaches to the management of psychiatric conditions
About the presenter(s)
Chris is Associate Professor in Pharmacology at the University of South Australia. He brings many years experience in research and teaching to share with clinical psychologists in this topic. He has co-authored several books and published over 150 research articles covering a wide range of topics including psychopharmacology. He has a particular interest in educating clinical psychologists in the common medications and side effects for the clients they typically see such as those with depression, anxiety, psychosis, Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder.
Registration from 1pm. Seminar from 1.30 - 5pm.