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Psychopharmacology: Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications

In-Person Seminar/Webinar - Lancaster PA, Wyndham Resort & Conference Center

July 14, 2022

Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

In-Person Seminar/Webinar - Lancaster PA, Wyndham Resort & Conference Center

July 15, 2022

Other seminar info: 

6 CE Credits Day 1

6 CE Credits Day 2

In-Person Seminar/Webinar

Seminar Description

Day One     Psychopharmacology: Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications

Medication management is playing an increasingly pivotal role in the treatment of mental health disorders. As such, it’s essential for healthcare professionals, particularly those providing mental health services, to have a working knowledge of psychotropic medications. This seminar examines the mental disorders frequently encountered in clinical practice, accompanied by a discussion of the medication management and evidence-based behavioral approaches employed in treatment.

Day Two     Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology 

Age is not a factor when it comes to the emergence of mental disorders and the psychiatric and psychological clinical communities of the world agree on this. However, as little 20 years ago, gaining a consensus on specific disorders or types of disorders diagnosable in youth would have been met with considerable resistance and skepticism. Much has changed since the mid-1990s however, in that mental disorders are now routinely diagnosed in young people.  This seminar examines the mental disorders most often diagnosed in children and adolescents today – depression; anxiety; bipolar, ADHD; and disruptive behaviors. This seminar will also address what to look for when assessing for these mental syndromes, how to proceed toward getting youth proper help – in conjunction with primary caretakers.


Day One       Psychopharmacology: Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications

Participants will be able to: 

Outline the mental syndromes for which psychiatric medications are often prescribed – Unipolar Depression; Bipolar; Anxiety spectrum; Psychotic spectrum; ADHD

Describe the clinical indications for use of the major psychiatric medication categories – Antidepressants; Mood stabilizers; Anxiolytics; Antipsychotics; Psychostimulants

Examine the therapeutic benefits, risk factors and common side effects of the various medication classes

Discuss proven, relatable approaches for the behavioral management of the mental syndromes discussed

Address the ongoing opioid crisis; opioid disorders and treatment    

Day Two     Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology 

Particpants will be able to:

Discuss complementary and alternative medicines and their role in treating mental syndromes 

Discuss the best practices in managing depression, bipolar, anxiety, and ADHD in children and adolescents

Review and provide direction on case examples specific to the mental disorders routinely diagnosed in youth

Examine the disruptive behavior disorder spectrum, and address best practice treatment strategies

Explore the exploding rates of suicide occurrences in young people, the factors influencing this rise, and why suicide is the real pandemic in among youth

Address the circumstances driving the rise in substance abuse among children and adolescents, substances most often abused, and contemporary treatment protocols

Days Price Quantity
Both Days In-Person or Webinar $295.00
First Day In-Person or Webinar $160.00
Second Day Live or Webinar $160.00


Day One

9:00 – Unipolar Depression

  • Etiology; Influences on clinical depression
  • 4 primary unipolar depression symptom domains; medication interest model
  • Classes of antidepressants; antidepressant selection
  • New players in the antidepressant market; side effects
  • Antidepressants and sexual dysfunction; treatment-resistance

10:30 Break

10:45- Unipolar Depression (cont); Bipolar Disorder

  • Behavioral activation for unipolar depression 
  • Suicide issues – assessment; risk factors; safety plans; documentation
  • Practical steps and tips for assessing bipolar
  • Bipolar medication management

12:15pm Lunch

1:30 – Anxiety disorders; Psychotic Spectrum

  • How anxious people get duped; anxiety-related fears
  •  Specific interventions for worry and anxiety
  • Medicating anxiety
  • Schizophrenia; antipsychotics

3:00 Break

3:15 – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Opioid Disorder

  • ADHD causes; assessment;
  • Medications – stimulants and non-stimulants, side effects
  • Opiates; opioids
  • Medicinal treatments for opioid disorders; motivational interviewing

4:45pm- Adjourn 


Day Two

8:30 – Mood disorders in children and adolescents

  • Characteristics of depression in youth
  • Demoralization Issues; clinical depression
  • Medication management; CBT for depression
  • Suicide – risk factors; assessment; safety protocols
  • Bipolar in youth

10:00 Break

10:15 Bipolar (cont); Anxiety in Children

  • Medication management of bipolar
  • Worry, generalized anxiety; obsessive-compulsive disorder in youth
  • CBT best practices for anxiety syndromes in youth
  • Medicating pediatric anxiety

11:45 Lunch

1:00 – ADHD; Disruptive behavior spectrum

  • ADHD – causes; assessment;
  • The “5P’s” of medication management; behavioral approaches
  • Oppositional defiance; disruptive mood dysregulation;
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment

2:30 Break

2:45- Substance Abuse in youth; Digital distraction

  • Trends in youth substance abuse; Screening: The CRAFFT tool
  • Motivational interviewing techniques; stepwise treatment protocols
  • The rabbit hole of digital distraction; social media and the illusion of real connection
  • Parental disconnect; reconnecting our disconnected kids

4:15 – Adjourn