This course explores the biological basis of human behavior as it pertains to professional counselors. An emphasis is placed on drugs used in the treatment of psychological disorders. Functional neuroanatomy and experience-dependent brain plasticity are explored.
- Distinguish between the basic brain structures and functional systems that are implicated in psychopathology.
- Evaluate the ways in which social experience impacts the development and functioning of brain systems and related psychological processes.
- Evaluate the psychotherapeutic implications of the effects of trauma on functional brain development.
- Compare and contrast the major classes of psychotropic agents, including the ability to differentiate more commonly used agents.
- Formulate appropriate psychosocial interventions utilizing information about common drug effects, side effects, and drug interactions.
- Construct ways to help clients access relevant information regarding psychotropic drugs.
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