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Course Overview

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, children and adolescents handle medications differently than adults. The brains and bodies of children and adolescents are still growing and developing in complexity, and the younger the child, the more development still has to take place. Children’s livers, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tracts, which are involved in metabolizing medications, may also be at different levels of development and functioning in comparison to adults. Most medications were originally developed to treat mental health disorders in adults. Due to ethical concerns over testing the medications in children, most psychiatric medications have not undergone the rigorous testing necessary to gain FDA approval for specific age groups, diagnoses, and symptoms. Children are considered more vulnerable than adults and require parental or guardian consent to receive prescriptions as well as to enroll in clinical pharmaceutical research. Therefore, it tends to be more difficult and costly for drug companies to obtain approval for specific medications to treat the various mental health disorders and symptoms. Despite the relatively few medications with FDA approval, many medications are used to treat child and adolescent mental health disorders. When medications are prescribed for specific indications for which they have not received FDA approval, this is called “off-label prescribing.” Many of the medications used to treat child and adolescent mental health conditions are prescribed off label. Through research, scientists continue to learn the specific needs and precautions to take when treating children and adolescents. Some younger individuals may be more comfortable speaking with a mental health professional about their medications and any side effects, rather than the person who prescribed their medication. Hence, as a mental health professional, it is important for you to be familiar with child and adolescent psychopharmacology. By having some familiarity with the medications that are used in youth and their potential side effects, you will be able to help clients and their guardians understand when to approach the provider with concerns and how to discuss those concerns. This course covers a variety of psychiatric medications, including antipsychotics, stimulants, mood stabilizers, and others. You will learn about the unique issues surrounding psychopharmacology for pediatric populations, including common uses, side effects, and timelines for medication response.

About the Course Author

Dr. Ramtekkar is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and distinguished fellow of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). Dr. Ramtekkar has published several articles and book chapters on several topics in psychiatry including ADHD, autism, psychopharmacology, epidemiology, substance use, telepsychiatry and sleep disorders. He has also served as reviewer and editorial board member for several scientific journals. Ujjwal Ramtekkar, MD, MPE, MBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Dr. Joshua Feder is Director of Research, Graduate School, Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders, voluntary associate professor at UCSD School of Medicine, and medical director at SymPlay, teaching, advocating, and developing technology to support relationship-based interventions (joshuafedermd.com). Joshua Feder, MD discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests with: Relevant Financial Relationship with Carlat Publishing as Editor in Chief; Relevant Financial Relationship with Quicksilver Software as Medical Director; Relevant Financial Relationship with Fielding Graduate as Adjunct Professor.

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  • American Psychological Association

    2.00HOURS

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    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
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    2.00HOURS

    District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
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    Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board CEBroker Provider: 50-290 This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
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    2.00HOURS

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    Course Delivery Format: Asynchronous Distance Learning-interaction includes quizzes with questions and answers, post-tests. This module is Reading-Based.
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  • Florida Board of Psychology

    2.00HOURS

    Florida Board Of Psychology (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
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    2.00HOURS

    Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
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    2.00HOURS

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    2.00HOURS

    Relias, LLC, is recognized by New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0011 As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias, LLC are considered "self-study". The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
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    2.00HOURS

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    2.00HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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    2.00HOURS

    This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
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    2.00HOURS

    Florida Board of Medicine (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
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    2.00HOURS

    Florida Physician Assistants (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
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    2.00HOURS

    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
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    2.00HOURS

    New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Arkansas State Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS

    Arkansas State Board Of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
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    State Medical Board of Ohio (CEBroker Provider #: 50-290)
  • Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners

    2.00HOURS

    Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (CEBroker Provider #: 50-290)
  • Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure

    2.00HOURS

    Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure (CEBroker Provider #: 50-290)
  • South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners

    2.00HOURS

    South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners (CEBroker Provider 50-290)
  • New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board of Psychology

    2.00HOURS

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Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-BHC-0-CAP
  • Hours:

    2.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-12-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2022-10-31
  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe the different classes of psychotropic medications used to treat childhood and adolescent psychiatric disorders.; Discuss the uses and side effects of psychotropic medications commonly prescribed for psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents.; Identify at least three examples of information that should be reported to the prescribing provider when working with a child/adolescent taking psychiatric medications.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Antidepressants
    Meet Jenny
    Overview of Antidepressants
    Overview of the SSRIs
    Adverse Effects of the SSRIs
    Additional Adverse Effects of the SSRIs
    FDA Black Box Warning
    More About SSRIs
    Tricyclic Antidepressants
    Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
    Other Antidepressants
    Diagnosing Depression/Anxiety in Children and Adolescents
    Review
    Meet Michelle
    Summary
    Section 3: ADHD Medications
    Overview
    Specific Information about Stimulants
    Adverse Effects
    Stimulants and Tic Disorders
    Risk for Cardiac Problems
    ADHD, Stimulants, Bipolar Disorder, and Psychosis
    Stimulants and Addiction
    Other Medications for ADHD
    Guanfacine and Clonidine
    Review
    Summary
    Section 4: Antipsychotics and Mood Stabilizers
    Overview of Antipsychotics
    Adverse Effects
    Specific Information about Each Antipsychotic
    Recent Atypical Antipsychotic Medications
    Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents
    Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
    Overview of Mood Stabilizers
    Specific Information about Each Mood Stabilizer
    Meet Robert
    Summary
    Section 5: Other Medications
    Diphenhydramine and Hydroxyzine 
    Trazodone
    Buspirone
    Benzodiazepines
    Medications for Tics
    Sleep Difficulties
    Enuresis
    Review
    Summary
    Section 6: Conclusion
    Summary
    Course Contributors
    Resources
    References
    Congratulations!
    Exam and BrainSparks
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Advanced level Marriage and Family Therapists; Advanced level Professional Counselors; Advanced level Social Workers; Entry level Psychologists; Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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  • Disclosures:

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