Basic Psychopharmacology for Mental Health, Behavioral Health, and Substance Abuse Professionals

Mental health professionals are often expected to understand everything about their client, even if the area is not their expertise. Mississippi only allows medical doctors and psychiatric nurse practitioners to prescribe. Thus, many front line community support workers, counselors, therapists, social workers, and substance abuse counselors need the opportunity to expand their knowledge of psychotropic medications. This course will offer the basic explanation of what is currently being prescribed to most of your clients. This workshop will provide the participant with the clinical uses of the five major psychotropic medication classes: antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety agents, antipsychotics and psychostimulants; the efficacy and common side effects of medications will be discussed; effective methods for participants to use with clients who have difficulty being medication compliant will be discussed; information on the therapeutic use and side effects of antidepressants in adults and children; information regarding psychotropic medication treatment options for clients with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; and information regarding current controversies in psychopharmacology.

Educational Objectives

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand specific medications and how the particular medication aids recovery.
  • Assist client in concerns when questioning medication prescribed and dose of medication prescribed.
  • Help clients manage unpleasant side effects.
  • Aid client with medication compliance as directed by provider.
  • Understand medication management for persons with multiple diagnoses or co-occurring diagnoses.

Available Continuing Education:

CHES – Certified Health Education Specialist

CPH – Certified Public Health

DMH – Addiction Therapist

DMH – Community Support Specialist

DMH – Peer Support Specialist

DMH – Mental Health Therapist

DMH – Licensed Administrator

MAAP – Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals

NBCC/LPC – National Board Certified Counselors

CE’s for CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counselors) applied for


Ray Hale, Psy.D.




Nov. 23, 2020


8:30 am - 12:30 pm


Ray Hale, Psy.D.