Introduction to Psychopharmacology An Overview of Commonly Prescribed Medications Used to Treat Behavioral Health Disorders


Craig Strickland, Ph.D. – 4 CEU’s

8:30 to 12:30

November 9, 2022

A live, interactive, online training using the Zoom Pro platform

Price per person $119 (this is a four hour training)


This training is designed to provide a basic overview of commonly prescribed medications used to treat behavioral health disorders. Specific diagnoses to be covered include PTSD, ADHD and psychotic spectrum disorders. In addition, medications used to treat opioid addiction (MAT) will be reviewed. All medications will be discussed in terms of benefits and cautions associated with the medications. Information is presented in such a way that attendees need not have extensive experience with pharmacology.


Workshop Objectives:

by the end of the session, attendees will be able to:
• List three classes of medications used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• List three benefits and three side-effects of psychostimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
• Differentiate between traditional and atypical anti-psychotic medications
• Compare and contrast buprenorphine and methadone in treating opioid addiction.



8:30 am-8:40 am Welcome/Overview
8:40 am-9:40 am


  • Anti-depressants (SSRIs)
  • Other anti-depressants
  • Mood stabilizers
    • Lithium
    • Anti-convulsant mood stabilizers
  •  Anti-anxiety
    • BZDs
    • Buspar
    • SSRIs (again)
    • Anti-adrenergic medication
      • 1. Prazosin
      • 2. Clonidine, etc.
  • Other: opioid antagonists; sleep aids; anti-psychotics
9:40 am-10:30 am


  • Psychostimulants
  • Straterra
  • Second-line/other medications
10:30 am -10:45 am


10:45 am- 11:30 am

 Psychotic Spectrum Disorder

  • First generation anti-psychotics
  • Second generation anti-psychotics
11:30 am-12:15 pm

MAT medications

  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine (and associated products)
  • NARCAN (for overdose)
12:15 pm- 12:30 pm

Considerations for All clients (time permitting)

  • History of traumatic exposure/ ACES study
  • Sleep
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • WBC
  • Decisional uncertainty
  • Liver/Kidney function


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 Speaker:

Dr. Craig Strickland graduated from Bryn Mawr College 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 email 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 9, 2022 8:30 am   -   12:30 pm
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