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Psychopharmacology for Psychologists and Allied Health Professionals: From Theory to Practice
Workshop Date and Venue
Melbourne: 16 October 2013
Early Bird (before 8 August) $440 inc GST
Full rate (after 8 August) $550 inc GST
Full time student rate $385 inc GST
The course can contribute to 7 hours PD to help fulfill annual APS and AHPRA PD requirements
linical psychopharmacology, while traditionally the realm of psychiatrists, has become a necessary aspect of applied clinical psychology in recent years. Clinical psychopharmacology is a complicated discipline which expects clinicians to have knowledge of new medications and their, at times, complicated and serious side effect profiles. Clinical psychologists work alongside general practitioners a well as psychiatrists and other medical specialists. These professions are mostly dominated by pharmacological expertise which begs the need for clinical psychologists to be more informed and skilled in all aspects of clinical psychopharmacology. In this workshop we use an ‘apprenticeship model’ with trainees expected to learn about the use of medication in clinical practice through a combination of lecture-based presentations, demonstrations and group work.
Registration is essential. Please click here to register for this workshop.
Professor Paul Fitzgerald is Professor of Psychiatry, Deputy Director and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, a joint research centre of Monash University and the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He is a qualified psychiatrist, has a Masters of Psychological Medicine and research PhD. He runs a substantive research program utilizing brain stimulation and neuroimaging techniques including transcranial magnetic stimulation, functional and structural MRI, EEG and near infrared spectroscopy. The program has focused on the conduct of investigative studies of brain function / dysfunction as well as the conduct of a variety of novel clinical trials in Mood, Anxiety, Psychotic and Developmental Disorders. He has published over 140 papers and received grant funding from the NHMRC and a number of US based organizations and is a current NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship holder. He teaches neuroscience and psychopharmacology to a range of groups including medical students and psychiatry trainees.
Dr Marlies Alvarenga is a Clinical Psychologist, Academic Research Fellow with the BakerIDI Heart and Diabetes Research Institute and an adjunct senior lecturer with the School of Public Health at Monash University. Dr Alvarenga’s main research interest in the area of cardiac neurosciences. She also lectures in the area of health psychology and psychopharmacology. Dr Alvarenga has continued to research the link between stress, mental illness and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. She has been past convener of The BakerIDI and Monash University’s biannual international conference in Psychogenic Heart Disease. Dr Alvarenga is founder and director of the Medipsych Clinic and an active practising clinician
Clinical History Taking
Brain mechanisms relevant to psychopharmacology
Antidepressant drugs, Mood stabilizers and Anti-anxiety drugs and antipsychotics
Issues of prescribing (side-effects) and administering (adherence, interactions) psychotropic medications
Gender and psychopharmacology
Case studies will be discussed throughout the workshop (participants will be required to send presenters a case study to be discussed at workshop two weeks prior to workshop: email@example.com)
Cancellations will be refunded in full, less $100 administration fee if notification is received before 1 July 2013 in writing. Cancellations between 2 July 2013 and 18 August 2013 will receive 50 per cent refund and workshop booklet. No cancellations will be accepted after 18 August 2013 under any circumstances. While the information contained herein was correct at the date of publication, Monash reserves the right to alter procedures, fees and regulations should the need arise. The publication on this system of details of a course in no way creates an obligation on the part of Monash to teach it in any given year or to teach it in any manner described herein. Monash reserves the right to discontinue or vary courses at any time without notice.