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Essential Psychopharmacology: What Every Therapist Needs to Know



Beth Salcedo, MD
Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:00 pm
- 1:00 pm ET

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Psychotropic medications are some of the most widely prescribed medications in the country.  Often psychotherapists are working with clients who are also taking psychotropic medications, or who may want to consider medication as another option. It is important that therapists have a good understanding of the indications for medications, the different classes of medications and when they are used, and what to expect in terms of efficacy and side effects.  The role of the therapist in making a referral for medication management is also of vital importance.  Therapists can also help the patient and the prescriber to ascertain whether medication is having benefit, and whether changes need to be made in prescribing patterns.  The importance of good collaboration amongst members of the treatment team will be emphasized

Learning Objectives

1. Development of an understanding of the most commonly used classes of psychotropic medications

2. Understanding mechanisms of action of different medications, the rationale behind dosing strategy, and length of time to see benefit of each of the different classes of medications

3. Identification of indications for standing dose medications vs medications for PRN use, and the pros and cons of each style of prescribing

4. Knowledge of common side effects, rates of common side effects, and options for mitigating them

5. Understanding of recommended treatment length, indications for tapering medications, and the discontinuation syndrome and how to mitigate it

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Presenter(s) Biography

Beth Salcedo, MD

Medical Director, The Ross Center

Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The George Washington University College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Beth Salcedo, MD, is an adult psychiatrist and the Medical Director of The Ross Center. Her expertise is in providing diagnostic assessments, second opinions on treatment options, and providing medication management for various mental health conditions, often in collaboration with one or more therapists.  Dr. Salcedo serves as the Past-President of the prestigious Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) where she has been an active board member for many years. A Distinguished Fellow with The American Psychiatric Association, she is consistently included in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Doctors” ranking. Dr. Salcedo completed her residency in psychiatry at The George Washington University School of Medicine, where she was selected Chief Resident. She was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical school honor society and awarded for her medical student teaching. She has served as the Medical Director of The Ross Center since 2002, ensuring that all clinicians are providing the highest quality medical care.

Dr. Salcedo has been an active member of ADAA since 2004 and is a Past Board President.

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