The Importance of Psychopharmacology Knowledge for Therapists

This research paper investigates whether therapists need a working knowledge of psychopharmacology to effectively treat clients. The research presented analyzes the continued and evolving integration between the medical and mental health fields. The increase in the use of medications used to treat mental disorders and the need for therapists to collaborate with medical professionals is also discussed. The paper explores client expectations and ethical considerations around the use of medications in the treatment planning process. This paper also considers the importance of psychopharmacology knowledge from an Adlerian viewpoint and provides information and resources for therapists to obtain a working knowledge of psychopharmacology. The findings from this paper support the importance of therapists having a working knowledge of psychopharmacology to effectively treat clients.
Keywords: medications, psychopharmacology, psychotropic

Author: 
Jill M. Ellingson
Year Completed: 
2012
Number of Pages: 
55
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