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Psychopharmacology Workshop

All-day workshop with focus on the contemporary context of psychiatric medication use today, especially where social work fits in that schema and what research suggests.

"The Social Worker, Psychopharmacology and Medication Management: What Social Workers Need to Know"

September 22, 2017

Course Schedule 

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 

Course Description 

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.

Learner Objectives 

Participants will: 

  • Understand the historical and current ambiguities surrounding social work roles in medication management
  • 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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