Basic Psychopharmacology for People with Co-Occurring Diagnoses

Craig Strickland, Ph.D. – 3 CEU’s

9:30 to 12:30

November 3, 2021

A live interactive training using the Zoom Pro platform

Price per person $89


This training reviews best practice as it applies to prescribing (or not prescribing) psychotropic medications for a person in recovery from both a mental illness and substance abuse diagnosis. Each medication class will be discussed in terms of benefits and side effects and, whenever possible, recommendations of one medication type over another for the dually-diagnosed person. Introductory material relating to the neuroanatomy and physiology of the central nervous system will also be presented and linked to why some medications should be prescribed and why others should be avoided for this population. A sophisticated background in biology or pharmacology is not
needed for participants to gain useful insight into these areas.

Training Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:

1. Identify the basic brain structures and primary neurotransmitters involved in chronic mental illness and in substance abuse

2. Describe the rationale for prescribing (or not prescribing) a psychotropic medication for a person with a known substance abuse diagnosis

3. List at least three non-benzodiazepine alternative pharmacotherapies for treating anxiety disorders


9:35-9:50“Changing mindsets”
Side effects
Notion of primary dx
Matching biochemistry of dx & medication
9:50-10:20Use of anti-psychotic meds
The reward system
First generation meds
2nd generation meds
10:30-11:15Use of anti-depressants
Novel anti-depressants
11:15-11:45Use of mood stabilizers
Lithium: good practice
Lab tests
11:45-12:20Use of anxiolytics
Should BZDs be used?
12:20-12:30Wrap up/Summary/Evaluation

CEU Hours: 

This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.

About the Trainer:

Dr. Strickland graduated from Bryn Mawr College in with a Doctorate in Psychology and a focus on experimental research and neuroscience. Past positions include a faculty position at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and affiliate faculty positions at Widener University and Springfield College. He currently has guest lecturer privileges at the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, the Rutgers School of Social Work and an affiliate professor position at Thomas Jefferson University, East Fall Campus in the Community and Trauma Counseling program. Dr. Strickland is the owner of Biobehavioral Education and Consultation, LLC.

Procedure: After registration, you will be sent a confirmation, and a receipt of payment. A few days before the training you will receive a packet containing instructions for logging on to the Zoom session, handouts, and the requirements for your certificate and CEU’s (if applicable)

Cancellations and Refunds: Canceling your registration must be done by email ( prior to five business days from the training date. If you have paid the fee, you will receive a refund or credit (your choice). If you fail to cancel prior to five business days and have paid, you or your agency will forfeit the fee. If you fail to cancel prior to five business days from the training date and have not paid, you or your agency will be billed for the full fee. Thank you.

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Event Details

  • November 3, 2021 9:30 am   -   12:30 pm
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