Everything You Need to Know about Psychopharmacology Despite the fact that so many clients also take medications, many of us feel intimidated by the medical and scientific aspects of psychopharmacology and consider the subject beyond the scope of our expertise. This Webcast is designed to help you bring the same curiosity and focus to pharmacological issues as you do to any other important clinical questions in your work. Learn from some of the field's leading experts about current best practices for combining meds and talk therapy, especially when a client isn’t improving. You'll learn new therapeutic methods for helping clients who aren’t responding to their meds or are conflicted about taking them. You’ll get up-to-date about the latest research on SSRIs and other commonly prescribed medications. You'll also gain actionable insight into the specific challenges that come with medicating kids and how to evaluate complementary medicine and other evidence-based alternatives to psychopharmacology. Join Peter Kramer, Frank Anderson, John Preston, Steve Dubovsky, Ron Taffel, and Robert Hedaya for 6 lively conversations that will expand your depth, range, and effectiveness as a therapist. Among the issues we'll cover are: How to distinguish the biological from the psychological roots of your clients’ problems Recent advances in medications for anxiety, PTSD, and other common disorders What you can do as a therapist to help your clients make the best possible decisions about whether to use meds and get maximum benefit from them when their use is indicated How to form the most productive collaboration with prescribers working with your clients When and how to involve family members in your clients’ treatment The current knowledge about complementary, non-pharmacological approaches to working with psychiatric disorders Are you ready to learn best practices for combining meds and talk therapy? Sign up right now for our 6-session Webcast series Meds: Myths and Realities. Yes, I want to master new approaches to integrating talk therapy and psychopharmacology now! Want 6 CEs? Get the Webcasts PLUS 6 CEs here » 6 Leading Experts! 6 Information-Packed Sessions! Session 1 How Therapy Can Enhance Psychopharmacology Frank Anderson, M.D. Learn how you can help clients derive more benefits from medications by: Distinguishing biology from psychology, and psychiatric symptoms from feelings Determining whether psychological factors, including attitudes toward authority and fear of losing symptoms, are blocking medication effects Empowering clients to take responsibility for their own medication decisions Teaching clients to listen to how various parts of themselves are responding to—and often resisting—their prescribed medication Tuning into your own attitudes and biases about meds Frank Anderson is the chairman of the Foundation for Self Leadership and a psychiatrist and supervisor at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute. Session 2 In Defense of Antidepressants Peter Kramer, M.D. The author of the groundbreaking book Listening to Prozac reflects on what we’ve learned about the SSRIs and depression over the past two decades, including: How to determine whether a client should be on medication What 25 years of clinical research has taught us about the effectiveness of antidepressants The often overlooked dangers of not providing sufficiently aggressive treatment for depression Whether SSRIs change personality as well as reduce symptoms What we've learned about how antidepressants actually affect serotonin and the brain Peter Kramer, a psychiatrist specializing in depression, is a faculty member of Brown Medical School and the author of the groundbreaking book Listening to Prozac. Session 3 The Great SSRI DebateJohn Preston, Psy.D. Explore the latest controversies about antidepressants and their effectiveness, including: What clinical conclusions can be drawn from the research on SSRIs and other antidepressants How to offer clients an informed perspective on the decision to go on medication The three types of psychotherapy shown to be most effective with depression How to prepare clients in remission for the possibility of recurrence How to involve clients’ families to increase compliance and improve treatment outcomes John Preston, a neuropsychologist and psychologist, is the author of over 20 books, including Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists. Session 4 When Meds Don’t Work: A Troubleshooter’s GuideSteve Dubovsky, M.D. Explore an assessment procedure for determining the factors at work when medications don’t appear to be helping a client, including how to: Conduct an extended interview that gets at the vital, actionable information Distinguish various diagnostic dimensions crucial to prescribing the appropriate medications Assess issues of compliance, duration of med usage, and dosage Determine the role of family relationships and other psychological factors in lack of treatment progress Avoid common mistakes like changing meds at random, blaming the patient, and continuing ineffective medications Steven Dubovsky, a professor and chair at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is the author of Clinical Guide to Psychotropic Medications. Session 5 Does This Kid Need Medication?Ron Taffel, Ph.D. Enhance your effectiveness in working with kids and teens by learning how to: Look for the key diagnostic signs that medications might be helpful, especially with symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, and intense affective disorders Collaborate effectively with psychiatrists, especially in regards to day-to-day indications that a given medication is working or not Determine when interventions, both psychological and pharmacological, need to be changed Understand the key developmental issues in prescribing medications Address common parental concerns about medications and involve them in medication decision-making Ron Taffel is the author of eight books and the chairman of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Session 6 Whole Psychiatry: Alternatives to Conventional PsychopharmacologyRobert Hedaya, M.D. Learn how to treat the seven bodily systems that underlie many mental health issues without resorting to psychopharmacology by: Developing a simple clinical assessment procedure you can use without medical training Understanding the role of digestion and nutrition in many psychiatric symptoms Assessing the influence of lifestyle issues in clients’ clinical complaints Becoming knowledgeable about such factors as hormones, oxidative stress, free radicals, toxic substances, and various environmental influences Discovering how complementary treatments like acupuncture can play a role in treatment Robert Hedaya is a clinical professor at the Georgetown University Medical Center School of Medicine and author of The Antidepressant Survival Program. Do SSRIs and other commonly prescribed meds really work? Find out as you explore the latest research and what it means for your work in our 6-session Webcast series Meds: Myths and Realities. Yes, I want to master new approaches to integrating talk therapy and psychopharmacology now! Want 6 CEs? Get the Webcasts PLUS 6 CEs here » Just Added: Premium Bonus Video Get an Inside Video on Combining Therapy with MedsFrom Prescribing Pyschotherapist Caroline Williams What's a therapist to do when it looks like meds may not be working or—even more concerning—negatively affecting a client? Here’s help that you can use right away from Caroline Williams PhD, a medical and clinical psychologist who provides medication management services in Albuquerque, NM. In this Premium Bonus Webcast, Caroline cuts through the conflicting information about psychiatric medications and offers practical guidance on your role in the important act of balancing medications with other therapeutic interventions. Have You Ever Wondered How to... Assess with confidence whether taking medications is appropriate for a given client? Deal with issues of clients’ non-compliance or deep ambivalence about taking medications? Take the next step when a client isn’t responding to being on medication? Evaluate the developmental impact of putting a young client on meds? Establish a productive collaboration with prescribers whose clinical outlook may be different from your own?   Evaluate the effectiveness of alternatives to conventional psychopharmacology like complementary medicine, exercise and nutrition? Get answers to your questions plus practical, up-to-date guidance in our Webcast series Meds: Myths and Realities. Sign up now. All 6 sessions available now.Start watching right away. A New Way to Learn: A Note from Rich Simon Dear Colleague, As editor of the Psychotherapy Networker for over 30 years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to engage your curiosity, anticipate your questions, and make sure you get answers you can use. I’ve also learned that any subject, if approached in the right way, can be deeply engrossing, understandable, and entertaining. My goal in each Webcast interview is to zero in on what you need to know to deepen your craft as a therapist. At the same time, the spontaneous, free flow of conversation makes learning far more enjoyable than stodgy workshop lectures and PowerPoint presentations. Our Webcast series are an exciting, new way to stay on the field’s cutting edge. But enough words—to see what we mean, just click on the video below to watch a preview. Frank Anderson on thinking about meds as a bridge to healing—not a failure of therapy. Networker Webcasts offer a lively, close-up learning experience with the field’s leading teachers and innovators. You’ll discover practical approaches and methods you can use in your very next session with a client, without having to leave home or miss a day of work. It’s the best CE deal you’ll find anywhere.   PS, There’s no better way to get the latest information about how to guide your clients through the often mystifying process of deciding whether medication can help them than by joining me for this Webcast series. Sign up for Meds: Myths and Realities right now. PSS, Want the Webcasts with 6 CEs? Click here.   Learning that Fits Your Schedule All 6 Webcast sessions available now Watch the Webcasts again and again for a full year. Take up to a year from the purchase date to complete your CE quiz online Download audio of each session so you can listen any time—in your car, at home, or while you exercise Download full transcripts and bonus articles to add to your permanent library If you're not completely satisfied, we'll refund your money in full—100%. Just let us know within 30 days. I'm that confident that you'll find this learning experience to be all that's promised and more than you expected. Looking for concrete guidance on specific issues? Learn about alternatives to meds, what to do when meds don’t work, or a client is resistant when you sign up for Meds: Myths and Realities. Yes, I want to master new approaches to integrating talk therapy and psychopharmacology now! Want 6 CEs? Get the Webcasts PLUS 6 CEs here » Here's What Your Colleagues Say about Networker Webcasts The rich, succinct content presented by leaders in each subject area is insightful, practical, and well worth the price.Ellen S. - Hermosa Beach, CA Thanks for a session with immediately applicable concepts.Ruth Ann H. - Hampton Bays, NY Whoa! That was excellent--great material! I'll listen to this about ten times. Thank you.Andrew S. - Austin, TX Thank you, Rich Simon, for having such great Webcasts and being an excellent interviewer.Lee C. - New York, NY Find out how to integrate the most effective practical applications of psychopharmacology in your own practice right away. All 6 Webcast sessions available now. Take up to a full year to watch and review at your convenience. Are you ready to learn best practices for combining meds and talk therapy? You can. Sign up right now for our 6-session Webcast series Meds: Myths and Realities. Yes, I want to master new approaches to integrating talk therapy and psychopharmacology now! Want 6 CEs? Get the Webcasts PLUS 6 CEs here » The content of this course is at the introductory to intermediate level.