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2013 Psychopharmacology Conference
Length: 2 days
- Proposed DSM-5® and psychotropics
- Alternative Remedies & Herbals
- Brand vs. generic…When to switch
- Contemporary trends in medication management
- Diagnostic fads in youth and controversies surrounding drug use
Join author and expert, Joe Wegmann, Doctor of Pharmacy, LCSW, to find out the latest information on psychopharmacology and enhance your knowledge of psychiatric medications. Throughout the conference you will also be asked to interpret more controversial aspects of psychotropic medication and why drug treatment is overrated, ineffective or unnecessary for select clinical conditions. After attending both days of this psychopharmacology conference you will have a comprehensive understanding of the most frequently prescribed psychotropic medication classes – placing you in a better position to improve client outcomes.
The conference includes an examination of the medication management of unipolar depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety. The clinical uses, mechanisms of action, side effects, benefits, safety factors and controversies of psychotropics will be discussed. You’ll be given tips for resolving medication challenges associated with generic vs. brand drugs, polypharmacy and relationships with physicians.
Major psychotic spectrum disorders and how antipsychotic medications work will be covered as we look back at first and second generations of antipsychotics and the growing landscape of these medications. In addition, you will learn the risk factors and side effects associated with antipsychotics and the expectations of attaining recovery from schizophrenia.
Additionally, you will learn vital information about the safety and efficacy track record of psychotropics in specific populations – expectant mothers, youth and the elderly. This information includes benefits, risks and divergent views associated with drug use in each of these special groups.
You will find Joe Wegmann’s conference to have the most up to date medication information and how to use it most effectively for your client.
DAY ONE OUTLINE
MAKING A MEDICATION REFERRAL
- The trinity: Observe, Listen, Ask
- Questions clients should be asking their prescribers
- Neurotransmitters: Norepinephrine, serotonin, dopamine, GABA
- Reasons why neuroscience is more fascinating than practical
- Unipolar Depression
- Why depression is not a diagnosis
- Discussion of the “cause and effect”
- Assessing depression, what’s important, what’s not
- Influences: Reactive, biological, medical, hormonal, substance abuse
- Depression as a clinical condition has become diluted
- How they work? Do they work ?
- Why neurotransmitter manipulation is a dicey proposition
- Are they any better than placebos for most users?
- Classes of Antidepressants:
- Cyclic, SSRIs, SNRIs, NRIs, DNRIs, others
- Why they’re prescribed for the wrong symptom set
- Antidepressant selection – the 5-step plan
- How the depression presents
- Family history
- Drug characteristics
- Reasonable expectations
- Integrated recovery
- Side effects, risk factors, non compliance, dosing
- “My antidepressant isn’t working the way it used to.” Have you heard that one before? Why this is
IF THE DEPRESSION CONTINUES, THEN WHAT?
- Augmentation strategies: Additive or combination protocols
- Mechanical strategies: ECT, transcranial magnetic stimulation
HERBALS AND ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR DEPRESSION
- St. John’s Wort, Omega 3s, Vitamin D3, SAM-e
- Alternative remedies to avoid
BIPOLAR SPECTRUM DISORDERS
- Diagnosis is all over the place and so is medication management
- Is there really such a thing as a distinct manic phase and a distinct depressive phase?
- Mania: A mnemonic for the manic markers
- Bipolar depression: How to differentiate from unipolar
- Bipolar I and Bipolar II classifications are obsolete
- Diagnosing bipolar disorder – index it
- Myriad drug options: Lithium, anticonvulsants, new antipsychotics
- Recent advances
- Treatment-resistant bipolar: A formidable foe
- Medication side effects, non compliance, risk factors, dosing
- As Dr. House was fond of saying: “Everybody lies.” The importance of collateral information when assessing for this disorder
TIPS FOR RESOLVING PSYCHOTROPIC DRUG DILEMMAS
- Generic vs. Brand medications
- Polypharmacy: Friend or foe?
- Forming strong alliances with prescribers
DAY TWO OUTLINE
THE MANY MANIFESTATIONS OF ANXIETY:
- Panic, GAD, OCD, PTSD
- Worry vs. concern
- Medicating anxiety: What works best; what shouldn’t be medicated
- Non benzodiazepines: Buspar, antihistamines
- Rational approaches for managing insomnia and the placebo effect
- Sleep agents: Ambien, Lunesta, melatonin
- The micromanagement of insomnia: The new drug Intermezzo for early morning awakenings
- Side effects of the anxiolytics and sleep agents
MAJOR PSYCHOTIC SPECTRUM DISORDERS
- The primary psychoses
- Symptom domains of schizophrenia
- How antipsychotics work: The dopamine model
- First generation antipsychotics
- Thorazine, Haldol – still alive and kicking
- Second generation antipsychotics
- Clozaril, Risperdal, Zyprexa, et al.
- Ten of these all together; five too many
- Unapproved use of antipsychotics: A growing concern
- Is recovery attainable in schizophrenia; relapse issues
- Side effects, risk factors; poison and mind control issues
SPECIFIC POPULATION GROUPS
- Expectant mothers
- Recent changes in psychotropic medication guidelines during pregnancy: a detailed discussion
- There’s no such thing as a safe drug during pregnancy
- Older adults
- Aging and mental health
- Dosing concerns; safety issues; “self-medication” issues, mental status changes
- Interventions to promote successful aging
- Children and adolescents
- What’s new in child and adolescent psychopharmacology? Not much
- Maturational issues
- Nature vs. nurture when it comes to diagnosing mood disorders
- Depression, bipolar, anxiety, psychosis in youth
- Why medication management is unpredictable and controversial
- The veritable explosion of bipolar diagnosis in youth
- Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder: A setback for child psychiatry
- ADHD and its new treatment guidelines
- Medication use for ADHD – stimulants, non stimulants, antidepressants, anti-hypertensives
- Side effects
- Dosing and drug holidays
DSM-5® AND PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION USE
- Will we all be deemed psychiatrically sick?
- Over-medicalization and runaway psychotropic drug use
TIPS FOR RESOLVING PSYCHOTROPIC DRUG DILEMMAS
- Overcoming psychotropic medication resistance
- 5 key reasons for non compliance and how you can help
DAY ONE OBJECTIVES
- Address the key components associated with making a psychotropic medication referral.
- Identify the clinical uses and various classes of antidepressants, how they work and their common side effects.
- Explain the process of initiating antidepressant selection.
- Examine the role of herbals and alternative remedies in the treatment of depression.
- Integrate the use of the new diagnostic paradigm – the Bipolarity Index – into your assessment of bipolar disorder.
- Discuss the myriad medication options for treating bipolar disorder.
- Describe techniques and interventions for resolving common psychotropic medication dilemmas.
DAY TWO OBJECTIVES
- Identify safe and effective medication approaches for anxiety and insomnia.
- Examine the psychotic spectrum disorders and contrast the use of the first and second generation antipsychotics.
- Discuss the appropriate and controversial use of psychotropics in youth with depression, bipolar, anxiety and psychosis.
- Understand how ADHD is best treated pharmacologically.
- Address the most recently published guidelines for psychotropic use during pregnancy.
- Describe the challenges and concerns of psychotropic use with older adults.
- Learn effective strategies for resolving medication resistance and fostering drug compliance.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Joseph Wegmann, Doctor of Pharmacy, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and a Doctor of Pharmacy specializing in psychopharmacology. He has presented psychopharmacology seminars to thousands of healthcare professionals throughout 46 states, and he maintains an active psychotherapy practice specializing in the treatment of depression and anxiety. He is extensively published in the field of psychopharmacology having contributed to numerous clinical newsletters and professional journals across the country. Dr. Wegmann is a contributing writer for Social Work Today, and has an ongoing blog with the prestigious Psychology Today. Joe’s latest book, Psychopharmacology: Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications, is available at pesi.com. Explore Joe’s programs at www.pharmatherapist.com, or write him at email@example.com. Joe has served as adjunct professor of psychopharmacology in the Southern University of New Orleans master of social work program for 17 years.
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- Joseph Wegmann, Pharm.D., LCSW
Joseph Wegmann, Doctor of Pharmacy, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and a Doctor of Pharmacy specializing in psychopharmacology. He has presented psychopharmacology seminars to thousands of healthcare professionals throughout 46 states, and he maintains an active psychotherapy practice specializing in the treatment of depression and anxiety. In addition, Dr. Wegmann has served as adjunct professor of psychopharmacology in the Southern University of New Orleans master of social work program for 17 years.
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