Past Event

Adult Psychopharmacology Series Session 1: Foundations of Psychopharmacology

February 2, 2021
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Online Live Event

$60 with 2 Live- Online CE hours provided. See registration page for all CE and discount information.


Series Description

As a non-prescribing clinician, you are uniquely situated to assess, monitor, and support the effectiveness of your patients’ medication treatment while advocating for your patients to receive the best care. Your success in doing so is dependent upon a strong understanding of foundational psychopharmacology, as well as the current institutional challenges within psychiatry and medicine that have come to shape disparate outcomes facing minoritized and marginalized individuals. This knowledge equips you to be a well-informed collaborator with prescribers and transform your advocacy.

At the end of this series, you will better understand basic drug concepts (including drug metabolism and mechanisms of action), indications and rationales behind prescribed medication treatments, expected and possible responses to treatment including both common and rare side effects as well as limitations within the field. The live webinars will make use of polls, case presentations by the presenter, and Q&A discussion to engage attendees in conceptualizing the information and its application.

This series will emphasize the foundational importance of shared decision making, supporting patient autonomy, and understanding the impact of power, race, oppression, and privilege on their care.

Session 1 Description and Objectives

 Foundations of Psychopharmacology

This session will cover the foundational concepts of psychopharmacology that will carry throughout the series. It explores the impact of structural racism within psychiatry and prescribing practices, how non-prescribing clinicians can collaborate with prescribers and become advocates and antiracist in their own work with patients.

By attending this session, you will better understand

  • Common diagnostic issues
  • Basic concepts (drug metabolism, mechanisms of action, Placebo/Nocebo)
  • The role of psychoeducation and shared decision making in increasing/supporting patient autonomy
  • The role of the clinician in collaborating with the MD
  • The impact of power, race, oppression, and privilege on the treatment process and ways you can advocate for the patient



Dr. Angela Coombs


Please see registration page for ALL event information including how to access the event, CE details, and special accommodations.

Contact Information

Office of Professional Excellence