PED652 Child Psychopharmacology
Lead Faculty: Dr. Linda K. Smedley
Evaluates and lists the primary medications in use today; critiques pertinent research in psychiatric intervention as it relates to psychotherapy; analyzes selected issues in resolving possible conflict in treatment goals. School Psychology candidates learn to recognize signs and symptoms that might be amenable to medication. Many disorders are discussed.
- Understand and articulate the way in which drugs are handled by the body.
- Discuss the neural underpinnings of psychotropic drug action.
- Distinguish between the major classes of psychotropic agents used in the treatment of specific disorders of childhood and adolescents.
- Recognize and articulate drug side effects and the way in which such side effects might impact school performance.
- Understand which symptoms are treatable with psychotropic medications and when other co-therapies are indicated.
- Discuss medication treatment options, drug effects, and drug side effects with parents, children, and other members of the treatment team.
- Articulate cultural and ethnic differences is the diagnosis, treatment, and response to psychopharmaco therapies.