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Counseling: Therapeutic Psychopharmacology

EDCO 387 Z1 (CRN: 60080)

3 Credit Hours

About EDCO 387 Z1

Therapeutic Psychopharmacology for Counselors This course is an introduction to neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and pharmacology as they pertain to mental health counseling. Course also covers commonly prescribed medications, ethical issues and the referral process.

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Dates: July 15 - August 9, 2019; Pre and post work will be assigned. Class meets T/W/TH 9:00am-12:45pm, except 7/23 (8:30-11:30), 7/30 (8:45-12:30), and 8/6 (8:45-12:30) Must be enrolled in the following major: CNSL (Counseling) Prereqs: EDCO 220,350,374,378 or email the staff, calgprog@uvm.edu, for permission to enroll.

Section Description

Course Objectives 1. To gain basic knowledge of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and pharmacology in order to allow understanding of the mode of action of psychotropic medications, their intended effects, their side effects, their interactions with other medications, and their potential for abuse and dependence. 2. To gain familiarity with the more commonly prescribed medications for the treatment of mood, anxiety, thought, attention, and addiction disorders, as well as efficient ways for gathering information about these medications. 3. To understand research methodology used in determining the safety and efficacy of medications, to be able to analyze research reports critically, and enable evidence-based comparisons of the efficacy of therapeutic options. 4. To explore ethical, economic, and social issues related to prescription of psychopharmacologic agents. 5. To explore issues of mental health care in the medical model, as well as professional relationships involving shared care of patients/clients between physicians and counselors. 6. To gain knowledge of the referral process, and to explore avenues for collaboration among counselors, other mental health care providers, and medical care providers.

Section Expectation

Assignments: 1. Readings. Reading assignments are listed by class session on the attached schedule. It is likely that there will be flexibility and modification of class session topics based on student interest and needs. Assigned readings should be completed prior to the class session with which they correspond. 2. Written assignments. Over the course of the semester, students will produce two two-to-three-page papers exploring issues related to the course objectives listed above. These papers may combine personal reflection on topics with focused literature-based inquiry. Examples of topics in recent years include: personal and/or professional experiences related to psychopharmacologic agents; reviews of research articles on medication safety and efficacy, and assessment of clinical significance. By agreement with the instructor, students will develop the topic of an expanded paper to a length of six (which will be the basis of the student’s final presentation), and this paper will demonstrate acquisition of knowledge and application of skill in analysis and synthesis (i.e. evidence of reflection on the topic, development of the main theme, and use of appropriate supporting data and opinion from the professional literature) commensurate with graduate study status. Written assignments should follow APA style guidelines. 3. Presentations. Through discussion and agreement on topic with the instructor, each student will prepare a 15-minute presentation for the class. The purpose of the presentation is to share with the class the student's reflections and research on the student's expanded paper as mentioned above. The presentations will be given during the final class sessions. 4. Objective content test. A take-home final exam will be given to assess acquisition of data and concepts related to neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, classes of medications, indications for use, major precautions, typical side effects, etc. Test items will be in short- answer and case-study formats.

Evaluation

Points towards a final course grade will be assigned on the following basis for the activities listed below and described previously. Earning 90% or more of available points will results in a grade of “A” for the course, 80-89% a grade of “B”, and so on. If further stratification of student performance is apparent, + or - notes may be used. All assignments must be completed to earn a grade of “B-” or higher. 20% preparedness by readings 25% objective content test (final exam) 25% two brief papers 30% final paper and presentation

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