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Continuing Education

Psychopharmacology for Mental Health and School Professionals

Date: 8:30am PST November 15 Location: South Chapel, Lewis & Clark Graduate Center

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    David McWherter, ARNP-BC, LMFT

South Chapel, Lewis & Clark Graduate Center

In mental health today the integration of medications with psychotherapy is common. Your clients and students are often on a variety of medications ranging from stimulants to antipsychotics. It is also increasingly common that children, as well as adults, will be on multiple medications during the course of their treatment.

It is important for you to be familiar with this critical intervention tool and its impact on the treatment process. Moreover, it is important to understand the multiple factors that prescribers consider when determining a medication strategy.

This workshop will provide an understanding of the medications, their role in treatment and an understanding of the medical prescriber.

Material covered will include basic biological elements, the major categories of psychotropic medications, environmental factors impacting the prescribing process and the importance of collaboration. The emphasis will be on application through the use of case examples and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to bring examples and questions from their own work.

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for the non-medically trained mental health and school professional, but RN’s, LPN’s and Medical Assistants will also find it useful.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014

Time: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor: David McWherter, ARNP-BC, LMFT

Cost: $125 by 10/16, $150 after, includes 7 CEUs or PDUs, $50 students. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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About the Instructor

David McWherter has over 35 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults. He has worked in outpatient community mental health, school based therapy services, in-home family therapy, child welfare, including foster care, managed care, and inpatient psychiatric care. He has two graduate degrees. He has a masters in counseling from the University of Illinois and a masters in nursing from OHSU. He is licensed as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in both Oregon and Washington and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington. He has served as both President and Board. He has been an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for almost 20 years. He has also served as adjunct faculty for Lewis & Clark’s marriage and family therapy program.

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