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PSD7160 Psychopharmacology

Course Description

This course offers a general overview of the applications and limitations of the use of medications to the field of clinical psychology. Discussions of the basic assumptions, advantages, and possible disadvantages of pharmacology set the stage for discussions of the current use of medications for the Axis I disorders forms the bulk of the course. Lectures on the neuronal/ synaptic mechanisms of these drugs as well as the pharmacokinetic considerations of such therapy provide a practical knowledge base to help educate and prepare clients for therapy. Use of psychopharmaceuticals with diverse populations considers not only ethnic and racial diversity, but also age-related and gender diversity. The use of psychiatric medications for non-Axis I disorders and for various non-psychiatric conditions is also discussed. Finally a consideration of alternative and complementary medications concludes the course.

Prerequisite

PSD7016, PSD7107

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