This two-hour workshop will help assist social workers in gaining a broader knowledge of psychiatric medications. Participants will gain a general understanding on how psychiatric medications work within in the body. This program will review, indications for use, brand names, generic names, side effects and benefits of psychiatric medications. Treatments for substance use disorders will also be discussed. Lastly, the program will discuss challenges associated with adherence to psychiatric medications and discuss ways to overcome these barriers to adherence.


At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:  

  • Describe how psychiatric medications works and time to effect
  • Discuss the use and names of commonly used psychiatric medications (e.g. antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, anxiolytics)
  • Review medication treatments for substance use disorders.
  • Discuss risks and benefits of medications to treat common psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders
  • Identify reasons for non-adherence to psychiatric medications.


Cost: $26

CEUs: 2.0


For more information contact Robin Nelson at

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