Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

Description:

The use of psychotropic medication with children and adolescents is a treatment modality that must be initiated with great care. Medication use to control behavior or to provide convenience for an associated caretaker is a questionable practice. On the other hand there do exist legitimate clinical situations where an informed practitioner can and should prescribe medication for this population. This half-day workshop is designed to provide an overview of the classes of medications prescribed to address behavioral health issues in children and adolescents. Discussion will focus on the benefits, side effects and drug interactions that can occur with these medications. The medications will be discussed within the context of the disorders for which they are being prescribed. This course can be combined with other courses e.g. C&A Diagnoses or thee Adult Psychopharmacology course to make a full-day training.

 

Learning Objectives: By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  •        List at least three possible side-effects of psychostimulant medications
  •        Summarize the benefits of using certain anti-depressant medications based on current research
  •        Compare the benefits and side effects of the different classes of anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) medications used with children and adolescents
  •        Discuss the most common mood stabilizers prescribed for children and adolescents

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