"The Social Worker, Psychopharmacology and Medication Management: What Social Workers
Need to Know"
September 22, 2017
The conference will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at
the Bryant Conference Center on the campus of The University of Alabama
This all-day workshop focuses on the contemporary context of psychiatric medication
use today, especially where social work fits in that schema and what research suggests
we should be doing with clients and why. Content will emphasize how to, first, create
an alliance with clients, families and prescribers and embrace a client-centered "partnership"
perspective, and second, how to be a truly meaningful resource to clients and families
around medication-related dilemmas.
- Understand the historical and current ambiguities surrounding social work roles in
- Briefly review what social workers need to know and why around the principles of neurotransmission,
drug action, psychopharmacokinetics and basics of types of psychiatric medication
- Describe effective collaboration with clients, families, and prescribers as it relates
to medication management, embracing eight key social work practice roles and strategies
- Describe a conceptual model for understanding and intervening in the complexities
of medication adherence including demonstrating familiarity with related ethical and
legal dimensions of adherence and refusal
- Learn more about the lived experiences of clients and families related to psychiatric
medication use and how to respond with more sensitivity and empathy
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