Learn current understanding of how & why mental health medications work
Increase your effectiveness communicating and collaborating with prescribing practitioners
Understand which medications are evidenced-based to best treat which disorders
Improve your clients’ responses and clinical outcomes to medications
Help your clients recognize side effects and what their options are with these problems
Learn about new trends in prescribing, including changes from DSM-5®
Understand current controversies in the field
Spend twelve action-packed hours learning about the newest advances in psychopharmacology and contemporary trends in medication management. From her unique perspective as a doctored psychiatric nurse practitioner, Susan Marie teaches psychopharmacology thoughtfully, with an emphasis on the experience of the client. Susan’s extensive 30 years of experience in mental health and passion for clients, shines through in the detail and thoroughness of her presentation.
Clients often only have a few minutes with their prescriber and require additional support. It’s vital that you are able to answer their questions, help manage side effects and understand reactions. Designed for counselors, nurses, psychotherapists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals, Susan provides the information you need in order to best help your clients.
This conference allows time for exploration of underrepresented areas, including ADHD, sleep, eating, and substance use disorders. Take home specialized guidelines for geriatrics, pregnant or nursing women, and clients with chronic pain. Discuss how the DSM-5® has impacted prescribing patterns and the use of psychotropics in newly defined diagnoses. In addition to a general ‘nuts and bolts’ review of medications, you will examine case examples, discuss medication controversies and how to effectively collaborate with prescribing practitioners.
Susan’s engaging presentation includes many take home “pearls” you can use to teach your clients about their medications and how to protect them from concerning, dangerous or adverse effects. You will find this conference to have the most up to date medication information and how to use it most effectively with your client.
Susan Marie, PhD, PMHNP, CARN-AP, a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner with full independent prescriptive practice and certification in addictions, brings to you over 30 years of clinical experience with highly vulnerable clients with suicidality, co-occurring addiction, homelessness, serious mental illnesses, traumatic brain injuries, and persistent pain conditions. She is noted for her “pearls and pitfalls” of psychopharmacology. Her passions are radical respect for people with serious mental illnesses & addictions, excellence in psychopharmacology, and integrating psychotherapeutic interventions for clients with PTSD, addictions and chronic pain.
Dr. Marie is Senior Clinical Director for Behavioral Health at Old Town Clinic, Central City Concern and Associate Professor at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. She teaches nationally on psychopharmacology as well as suicide assessment and intervention.
Financial: Susan Marie is an Associate Professor for Oregon Health & Science University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Susan Marie has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Counselors, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Psychotherapists,
Psychologists, Social Workers, Case Managers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Pharmacists, School Psychologists, Others in caring professions
Drug metabolism concepts
Drug mechanisms of action- what we know, what we don’t know
Placebo effects- power & how to get it to work for your client
When to refer for medication- pearls for increasing client interest and participation
Developing highly effective collaborations with prescribers
Neurochemistry of depression
Controversy regarding antidepressants and placebo- Who to treat when?
Types of antidepressants- pearls and pitfalls of different agents
Managing side effects
Treatment Resistant depression and drug combinations
Anxiety Disorders & Obsessive Compulsive Disorders & Trauma Related Disorders
Neurochemistry of anxiety
SGAD, panic disorder, phobias
The many other options often ignored
Benzodiazepines: risks and benefits
How to recognize problematic prescribing patterns
Getting off benzos: key pearls for success
Managing side effects
Neurochemistry and symptoms
The Bipolar Spectrum concept & DSM-5® changes
Types of mood stabilizers, when to use which and potential adverse effects
Effective strategies for improving outcomes for clients
Using blood levels effectively- what the prescriber may not be watching
Treating pregnant or potentially pregnant women with bipolar disorder
Psychotic Disorders/ Schizophrenia
Neurochemistry of psychosis and schizophrenia
First generation (typical)
Second generation (atypical)
Managing side effects
Extrapyramidal symptoms and TD
Metabolic problems- what blood tests are needed and when
Preventing Diabetes Mellitus
Recognizing hyperprolactinemia- and why you need to know
Use of atypical antipsychotics for multiple disorders
Pregnancy and psychotic disorders
Neurochemistry of ADHD
Controversy about treatment of ADHD with stimulants
Substance abuse and ADHD
Managing side effects
Chicken or the egg? What came first, sleep problems or mental illness
Controversy about treating sleep problems with hypnotics
Sleep interventions that really work
Hypnotic medications: risks and benefits
Alternatives to hypnotics
Recognizing adverse Effects
Substance Use Disorders
Neurochemistry of addiction & habit development
Drugs of abuse and interaction with psychiatric medications
Marijuana (discussion of medical marijuana, cost vs. benefit)
Challenging the old thinking about when to prescribe for clients with dual diagnosis-what we now know
Medication assisted treatments for addictions
Behavioral addictions- what we know works
Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder
Weight gain from psychotropic medications
Recognizing medical emergencies
Standard of care for lab work
Integrating psychotherapy with psychopharmacology
Special Populations: Geriatric
Specialized guidelines for geriatric clients
Discussion of dementia treatment
Special Populations: Women
Hormonal issues in mood disorders & anxiety
Pregnancy and breastfeeding-
Presenting the choices
Resources for you and your clients
The dangerous, the concerning, and the possibly good options for psychopharmacology
Menopause- current knowledge and agents
Treating Clients with Comorbid Chronic Pain
Neurochemistry implications- why it’s critical to intervene
When psychopharmacology can help
Other alternative interventions
Limitations of The Research & Potential Risks
Specify how psychotropic medications are chosen for mood disorders and specific patient characteristics.
Analyze the actions, therapeutic uses, and side effects of antidepressants.
Assist clients in overcoming barriers that impede the efficacy of their medication regime.
Determine options for clients with treatment resistant mood disorders.
Communicate the actions, side effects, and therapeutic uses of antipsychotic medications.
Evaluate three critical strategies for improving collaboration with prescribing practitioners.
Explore psychotropic medication treatment options for clients with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
Articulate the efficacy of psychotropic medications in treating eating disorders and discuss how to integrate psychotherapy with psychopharmacology for successful treatment outcomes.
Formulate medication treatment options for substance use disorders and discuss how to effectively incorporate medication assisted treatments into an overall plan for care.
Analyze the interaction between women’s hormone levels and their mental health symptoms.
Explore the use of complementary and alternative agents for treatment of mental illnesses.
Determine the unique medication treatment considerations for geriatric clients.