Psychopharmacology: What You Need to Know Today About Psychiatric Medications in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Jan 9, 2018

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description: Most Up-To-Date Psychotropic Medication Info – Guaranteed! Demands on mental health professionals to expand their knowledge of psychotropic meds are like never before … not only do you need to be on top of the latest developments and what is on the horizon, but you also have to take that information, and use it most effectively for your client. Proven methods to improve clients’ understanding of their mental illness, and how medication aids recovery Identifying treatment concerns with inappropriate, inadequate doses of medication Tools to help clients manage unpleasant side effects Strategies to improve client adherence to medications Depression, bipolar, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD – the latest trends in medication management

Biological Psychiatry
  • Neurotransmitters: The theoretical emotional signaling chemicals of the brain
DSM-5® and Psychotropic Med Use Depression
  • Antidepressants: How they are thought to work
    • Cyclics
    • SSRIs
    • SNRIs
  • Other common antidepressants – and why they are used
  • Side effects and risk factors
  • Herbals and depression
  • Treatment-resistant depression
Improving patient compliance with mental health medications
  • What you and your clients should know
Bipolar Spectrum
  • Medicating Bipolar disorder
  • Current “gold standard” treatment and side effects
  • Anticonvulsant and antipsychotic use in Bipolar disorder
  • Anticonvulsant side effects
  • Risks of medication non-compliance
  • New! Controversial concepts in treating Bipolar spectrum
The Many Manifestations of Anxiety
  • Medicating anxiety
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Non-benzodiazepines
  • Medications used to treat insomnia
  • Using anxiolytics safely
  • Side effects of the anxiolytics
  • How antipsychotics medications are thought to work
  • Conventional antipsychotics
  • Second generation agents
  • Antipsychotic side effects
  • Relapse and non-compliance
Controversy surrounding antidepressants in treating children and adolescents
  • Antidepressants and suicide in children: The real truth
  • Medicating anxiety in children
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder – the new pediatric bipolar disorder?
ADHD Medications – What’s new, what’s old. Stimulants, and some surprises!
  • The evolution of psychostimulants
Alzheimer’s medications, treatments, theory and controversy

What’s Next: Newly Approved Mental Health Medications

THOMAS SMITH, PD, LMHC, NCP, FAPA, BCCP Tom Smith, P.D., LMHC, NCP, FAPA, BCCP, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Doctor of Pharmacy, is a Board Certified Clinical Counselor, holds Fellow status in both the American Psychotherapy Association and the American Society of Consulting Pharmacists, as well as Diplomate Status in the American Psychotherapy Association. Tom has spoken on Bipolar Disorder, the DSM-5®, and psychopharmacology throughout the United States, and has had Adjunct Associate Professor Academic Appointments at the Butler University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Saint Louis University School of Graduate Nursing, as well as having been Faculty at the University of Phoenix. Tom is internationally published on the topic of Aromatherapy, and has just completed his book on Psychopharmacology. He maintains an active private practice in Martinsville, Indiana, where he works with clients of all ages. Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Tom Smith maintains a private practice. He will address ‘off-label’ uses of commercial products. Mr. Smith is a speaker who receives an honorarium for PESI, Inc. Nonfinancial: Tom Smith is nationally published on the Americans with Disabilities Act and receives no compensation.
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