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Introduction to Psychopharmacology for Therapists

Basic introduction to psychopharmacology for mental health providers, such as licensed social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, and any non-medical treatment providers. Major categories of psychotropic medications will be described. Specific medications for a broad array of DSM-5 disorders will be identified as well as potential risks and benefits. Management adherence, psychoeducation, and treatment issues will be discussed.



Aleksandr Zverinskiy, MD., MHA
Dr. Aleksandr Zverinskiy, MD,MHA, is a Psychiatry specialist in Staten Island, New York. He attended and graduated from medical school in 2010, having over 8 years of diverse experience, especially in Psychiatry. He is affiliated with many hospitals including Richmond University Medical Center, Staten Island University Hospital.

Target Audience:

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, LCATs, Licensed Psychoanalysts,
Other: Licensed Mental Health Counselors, LP Mental Health Counselors


Main Points:

  1. Introduction to major categories of psychotropic medications
  2. Medications that are used for a broad array of DSM-5 disorders and  diverse populations  will be identified.
  3. Risks and benefits will be explored.
  4. Potential side effects and cautions will be noted.
  5. Indications and contraindications will be addressed.
  6. Methods of psychoeducation will be introduced.
  7. Cognitive-behavioral methods for adherence to treatment and overcoming difficulties will compliance will be given




Introduction to Psychopharmacology. Major categories


Treatment for specific DSM-5 disorders, side effects, indications and contraindications

11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:00 Treatment for specific DSM-5 disorders, side effects, indications and contraindications continued


Cognitive behavioral strategies for adherence to treatment.