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Psychopharmacology with John Preston

  • Fri, June 19, 2015
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Heritage Oaks Hospital 4250 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95841
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Topic:  Psychopharmacology
  John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP
Friday, June 19, 2015
9:30 AM to 12:00PM
Heritage Oaks Hospital
4250 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95841

Workshop Information:
This training reviews new developments in the field of psychopharmacology with a focus on how psychotherapists can enhance outcomes with clients taking psychiatric medications. It discusses common reasons that medical treatments fail (e.g. unsuspected medical disorders, non-adherence, side effects, fears and mis-information) and specific interventions to improve outcomes. How therapists can act as coaches with clients dealing with medication issues and collaborate with primary care prescribers. Also mentioned briefly are controversies, experimental treatments, new medications and the limitations of pharmacologic treatments.

Course Outline/Schedule:  (2 hour workshop)
  • Introduction: Inadequate outcomes in psychiatric medication treatment and the role of the psychotherapist in addressing this problem. Collaboration with prescribers and ethical issues to consider
  • Why people do not take medications as prescribed and specific intervention strategies for improving outcomes
  • Common and understandable fears and concerns: e.g. possible addiction; increased suicidal behavior in those taking antidepressants; do antidepressants work?
  • Common reasons for treatment failures: specifics on common medical disorders that often go unnoticed/undiagnosed for years and that contribute to psychological symptoms. How to evaluate and intervention strategies.
  • Brief review of new medications
  • Limitations of medical treatments for psychiatric disorders

Course Objectives:

¬    Help therapists develop better skills related to diagnosing psychiatric disorders and collaborating with primary care doctors and nurses
¬    Become familiar with new  medication treatments
¬    Identifying common reasons that people often do not reach full remission
¬    Intervention strategies for improving medication adherence
¬    Appreciate the limitations of pharmacologic treatments and the need for integrated approaches (combined use of medications and psychotherapy)

John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP is  Professor Emeritus with Alliant International University; Sacramento campus. He has also taught on the faculty of UC Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Preston is the author of twenty-one books, five of which are psychopharmacology texts. He is the recipient of the California Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Psychology Award. He has presented over 500 workshops during the past 25 years, lecturing in the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe, and Russia.

Includes continental breakfast and 2 CEUs

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Pre-Licensed Meeting

Topic:  Representative from the BBS coming to SVC
Presenter:  BBS Staff
Date:  Friday, June 19, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM
Location:  Heritage Oaks Hospital
4250 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95841

Workshop Information:

A BBS representative will be speaking at our next  SVC pre-licensed 3000 club meeting!  This is a rare opportunity to obtain information regarding the MFT BBS registration and licensure process. 

Please be respectful of the BBS speaker and hold comments until the end of the presentation.   A question and answer session will follow.  We expect a large turnout, so please also be considerate of the limited time allotted for others who also wish to ask questions.  Register on our website so we can ensure adequate seating. 

Also note, that our regular meeting does not begin until 10 a.m., therefore, you will be able to attend both should you wish to do so. 

Share this meeting information to your cohorts and colleagues.  We hope to see you there!  

Please Register online for Free for the Pre-License meeting so we are able to plan ahead for seating.

Early registration ends Tuesday, June 16th
Early registration rates*:
2015 Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT, AAMFT-Sacramento, and all local chapters of CAMFT: $20
2015 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT, AAMFT-Sacramento, and all local chapters of CAMFT: $15
Non-Member: $30
*Add $5 for late or "at-door" registration
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