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Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Simple

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*Note: This course is based on the 2010 edition of the book.

This short and easy-to-understand book offers all the information you need about the use of psychoactive medications in the treatment of childhood and adolescent psychological disorders. It is organized by disorders most commonly encountered in young people, like ADD, depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety, learning disorders, and psychotic disorders like schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. Each chapter includes diagnosis criteria for each problem, treatment indications, contraindications, and notes for monitoring, evaluation, and follow-up care. The book identifies popular classes of drugs by brand and generic names, and provides fact sheets that therapists can offer parents or parents can show to doctors who may need more information to make sound treatment decisions.

This course is based on the book, Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Simple created by John Preston, Psy.D., John H. O’Neal, M.D., and Mary C. Talaga, R.Ph., Ph.D. in 0.

Publication Date:

Copyright 2010

Course Material Authors

John Preston, Psy.D.

Dr. Preston is a clinical psychologist, author of eleven books and is a core faulty member with Alliant International University, Sacramento. He has lectured widely both in the United States and abroad.

John H. O'Neal, M.D.

Dr. O’Neal is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He lectures on depression and psychopharmacology to mental health professionals.

Mary C. Talaga, R.Ph., Ph.D.

Dr. Talaga is a pharmacy services manager at the Kaiser South Sacramento Medical Center. She has been a pharmacist for over twenty-five years, with specialization in psychiatric pharmacy.

Course Creator

Dan Rebek, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about children and adolescent medication issues related to behavior healthcare and intervention strategies. It is appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels of participants’ knowledge on the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss diagnostic and treatment medication issues related to child and adolescent depression and anxiety.

  2. Discuss important general issues in the psychopharmacological treatment of children and adolescents.

  3. Discuss diagnostic and treatment medication issues related to child and adolescent bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders.

  4. Discuss diagnostic and treatment medication issues related to child and adolescent eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, tic disorders and Tourette’s Syndrome.

  5. Discuss diagnostic and treatment medication issues related to child and adolescent ADHD and autism spectrum disorder.

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Materials for Course-2010 edition

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