April 26, 2011
This conference will cover a broad range of topics that bring together psychopharmacology and social work. Speakers will present on the psychopharmacology of the major drug categories, including their mechanisms of action. There will be a review of the most common drugs in use, their potential risks as well as their benefits. In the presentations, there will also be an exploration of common herbs, supplements, and nutritional management for which there is evidence of therapeutic efficacy. The potential toxicity of commonly used supplements will be reviewed. Speakers will address the common issues that arise in the referral process. Specifically, identifying the clients in need, taking into account the client–psycho pharmacologist fit; preparing the client for the necessity of the referral; and ongoing communication & collaboration. There will be afternoon breakout groups to discuss social work practice and the application of psychopharmacology with specific populations.