Basic Psychopharmacology Principles

A Quick Guide for Mental Health Professionals (First Edition)
Kimberly Finney
©2018, 290 pages

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    Basic Psychopharmacology Principles: A Quick Guide for Mental Health Professionals introduces students to basic concepts of psychopharmacology to help them develop a broad understanding of drugs and how they work in the body. Students learn the risks and benefits of psychotropic medications, how to identify side effects and adverse reactions, basic lab testing procedures, and how to apply pharmacological concepts to patient education and advocacy.

    Part I of the guide familiarizes students with basic principles of pharmacology including drug types, the structure and function of the central nervous system, fundamental pharmacological concepts, and an overview of adrenergic and cholinergic neuronal systems. Part II discusses patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as biological markers and diagnostic testing. Part III dives deeper into clinical psychopharmacology, addressing how psychotropic medications interact with depression, psychosis, anxiety, trauma, pregnancy, and more. The guide concludes with a section on clinical considerations in which students are encouraged to apply biopsychosocial assessments and analyze clinical cases using the biopsychopharmacological model.

    Written for future clinicians who will not prescribe medication but would benefit from a working knowledge of psychopharmacological interventions, Basic Psychopharmacology Principles is ideal for courses in social work, psychology, counseling, and marriage and family therapy.

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    Kimberly Finney is a board certified clinical psychologist and clinical associate professor of social work at the University of Southern California. She is a retired military psychologist and is medically trained in psychopharmacology. Dr. Finney regularly lectures on the neurobiology of racism and serves as a consultant and analyst on race-related issues in working with African Americans. Dr. Finney holds a M.S. in organizational development and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Wright State University.
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