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Child & Adolescent Psychopharmacology for Mental Health and School Professionals: A Systemic & Contextual Approach

Date: 9:00am - 4:00pm PST March 3 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Psychopharmacologic interventions are often used as the first line treatment approach for child and adolescent behavioral, psychological, and emotional problems. Yet, while there have been increasing efforts to study the short and long-term effects of psychotropic medications on pediatric populations, there are still significant gaps in our current knowledge.

As such, it is important for educators, counselors, therapists, and other professionals who work with children and adolescents to have a baseline understanding of pediatric psychopharmacology, as well as to understand the sociopolitical context in which psychotropic drug regimens are developed, researched, and prescribed.

This workshop will provide an introduction to psychopharmacology and polypharmacy with an emphasis on child and adolescent populations. Participants will learn about the main classes of psychotropic medications, the common problems for which these medications are prescribed, and the presumed therapeutic effects. Furthermore, this workshop will provide a brief overview of current literature on the short and long term effects of psychopharmacologic treatment on child and adolescent development.

Following this workshop, participants will have the ability to:

  • Consider the systemic implications of the sociopolitical context and medical discourses in which psychotropic drug regimens are developed, researched, and prescribed.
  • Differentiate between possible therapeutic and side effects of psychotropic medications.
  • Recognize issues that might suggest referral for psychotherapy or medical consult, assessment, or care.
  • Explore collaborative approaches to assist families in obtaining needed care while navigating sociopolitical systems of care.

Course Details & Registration

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructor: Lana Kim, PhD, LMFT

Noncredit: $125 by 2/7, $150 after. Includes 6 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%. The CEUs and PDUs offered are NASP-approved CPD credits for school psychologists.

Students: $50  |  L&C Staff: $75  (Contact to register)
Student spots are currently full. Please contact CCE at and be placed on a wait-list. Staff spots are limited. Early registration is recommended.

Lewis & Clark School-Based Mentors and Supervisors: A limited number of free registrations are available. Please contact to register.

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About the Presenter

Lana Kim is an Associate Professor of Marriage, Couple, & Family Therapy in the Department of Counseling Psychology at Lewis & Clark College. She is a licensed family therapist, is trained and experienced as a medical family therapist, and is an approved supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.