Mental health clinicians working with children, adolescents, and their families are tasked with helping to identify symptoms early in their course and recommend medication management consultation when appropriate. Non-prescribing clinicians are often best positioned to begin the process of educating patients about medications, and play a key role in helping to monitor clinical changes over the course of a medication trial, as well as facilitating communication between patients and prescribers.
During this workshop series, Dr. Nitasha Shetty will aim to review evidence-based approaches to the pharmacologic treatment of common childhood psychiatric disorders, including ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Disorder and Psychosis, PTSD, and Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Shetty will discuss the relevant neurobiology, mechanisms of action, drug metabolism, on and off-label medication indications, and potential side effects of psychotropic medications.
The series will include case presentations of common clinical challenges, with opportunity for participants to engage through audience polls and live chat features.
Throughout the workshop, participants will be invited to consider psychopharmacologic treatment in the context of childhood development and family dynamics, an individual’s cultural background, and understand the impact of power, race, oppression, and privilege on the care that our patients receive.
Session 1 December 7- Foundations in Psychopharmacology for Children and Adolescents
Session 2 December 9- Psychopharmacology for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) and other Disruptive Behavior Disorders, considerations for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Session 3 December 14- Psychopharmacology for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anxiety Disorders
Session 4 December 16- Psychopharmacology for Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Substance-Use Disorders and Trauma-Related Disorders