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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Psychopharmacology for Case Managers
William Bender,  ACSW, LSW

This course will provide a basic contextual background ground for case managers in principles to assess, diagnose, and address psychiatric treatment implications as part of a collaborative psychiatric treatment team.  Students will be presented with an overview of current therapeutic use of psychotropic drugs as well as pharmacology terminology and reference material.  The clinical use of psychotropic drugs such as sedative hypnotics, anxiolytics, antipsychotics, anticonvulsant, stimulant, and antidepressants will be explored.  Social, developmental, and ethical issues of psychopharmacology will be explored.

Participants will be able to:  

  1. Define pharmacology terminology currently used in the field.
  2. Utilize the Physician’s Desk Reference and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 of the American Psychiatric Association.
  3. Explain the actions, side and possible adverse effects of frequently prescribed psychotropic medications.
  4. Discuss the individual, environmental, social, developmental, and cultural forces that help determine the effectiveness of psychotropic medications.
  5. Develop an understanding of the individual team members on the multidisciplinary treatment team and the many roles played – as members, participants, or consultants.
  6. Determine ethical and advocacy issues when psychotropic medications are utilized.

William Bender is an instructor at Kutztown University and former director of Berks Behavioral Health, LLC and St. Joseph Regional Health Network.  William holds his Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.  He has over 50 years of experience working in case management settings including direct care, administration and as an instructor for several social work programs.  William has also served on numerous community boards and is a member of the National Association of Case Management, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

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