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PSY 5390D. Psychopharmacology. 3-4 Unit.

This course provides an orientation to current approaches to drug therapies for a variety of psychological problems. Topics include medications generally in use; criteria for referring patients for psychopharmacological evaluation; issues related to medication: effective cooperation with other professionals; cultural and interpersonal issues; and how and when medications can contribute to effective treatment. Frequently voiced philosophical, ethical, and legal concerns regarding biological factors and drug treatment are discussed, along with the risks and benefits of drug therapies. Required for MFT students; open to others. Prerequisite: PSY 541.