Psychopharmacology and counselling and psychotherapy
10/01/2014
Rachel Freeth
3 hours
7 sections

Counsellors and psychotherapists seeking to advance their knowledge through cpd

This module has the following aims:

  • To provide a basic knowledge of psychiatric drugs how they are understood to work, when they are prescribed, the different categories of drugs used, their potential benefits and adverse effects.
  • To provide a background to some important conceptual issues underlying the prescribing of psychiatric drugs, including a basic understanding of the medical model. This should facilitate greater confidence to engage in discussion and important debates.
  • To provide an opportunity to examine and reflect on attitudes and values concerning the prescribing of psychiatric drugs in response to psychological problems or mental distress.
  • To increase awareness of the influence of drugs on the psychotherapeutic process.

Comments:

"This is a course that all counsellors will benefit from completing. " -

"great " -

"I thought the course was comprehensive and though provoking. As I am a carer I find it difficult to commit to full day's training - in this module I could do each part at a time that suited me in digestible bite-sized chunks." - Don Hague

"Would be useful to be able to get straight back into the course at the point one left off in previous session. Good piece of on-line learning, though i found that, despite the fact that most of the material was familiar through previous training, it took around 4 hours to complete, rather than 2." - Diana Neale

"A useful refresher, thankyou." -

"Very useful module, would recommend to anyone interested in current debate on use of psychiatric drugs." - Anna

"I found the course informative and provided a good revision tool - particularly the section on psychiatric drugs and their uses and actions. I did think that some sweeping statement were made about therapist and how the work and some of the research left me wanting to satisfy myself that that is what was said and to explore some of the conclusions. My learning was enhanced by working through the module with a colleague on the phone - this lead to our own debate about the subject.!! " -

"A very useful course and it has been so helpful being able to go through it at my own pace and to fit in with my own busy schedule. What I would like to know is if I receive some form of verification that I have completed the course." - Carol Redman

"This provided a good summary of the important issues and also helped me to clarify my own understanding and views. I would have welcomed greater depth (length of course) and a range of voices/ views presented." -

" An extremely informative and thought provoking course. Enough depth, leaving plenty of scope to go away and learn more. The learnings from this course, will definitley be helpful to me, in my role as counsellor. " - Scott

" This course was very interesting and quite challenging. I will use the refernces to do some further research as questions have been raised for me which I would like to pursue further " -

"A useful thread about the role of drugs and therapy and the appropriate use of each. Helpful outline of the drugs and their specific use by the medics. Thought provoking around the arguments of Therapy versus drugs." - Christine Bampton-Smith

"I have found this course and excellent resource to enhance my understanding within this field. It is value for money and presented in a clear concise way. Thank you!" - Angie Hobson

"I found the course interesting and thought provoking although clearly based on a psycho-social model of psychological dysfunction and probably biased towards the anti pharmocologicalcal model. More imput of the alternative pro medical stand point would have made for a more balanced discussion " - Joy Richards

" A very informative session and very helpful in understand the psychiatric drug/therapy divide." -

"I found this very useful as an introduction to the subject - especially the detail of the various drug categories and and introduction to the brain/mind debate." -

"Found module interesting and raised many issues around the use of drugs. I felt the modules were well put together and easy to follow." - Garath

"very helpful in my understanding of how medical drugs are working." -

"An excellent module - it has helped me to get my thoughts on this subject into a clear focus, and I now want to continue exploring it." -

"Excellent. A printable certificate and receipt would be welcome." - Stefanie Wilson

"Great summary and throught-provoking module." -

"I have found this course extremely useful, my knowledge of medication for mental health problems was extremely sketchy and this has explained clearly how medication works and also asked some interesting questions about how useful medication might be for patients in the long run." - Caroline Romaine

"Excellent course that I would recommend to others. " - Dr R Davies

"The course was interesting but only provided quite basic information and did not cover topics in a lot of detail. Not sure that I would pay 15 to do a similar course. Also would be useful to have a certificate for CPD records. " -

"I found this to be a very useful thought provoking sampler for insights into current medication for psychiatric care. It has challenged some of my stereotypical thinking towards both the users and effects of medications. It has also made me explore the way we approach medication use in the rehab I work in. I wish this module wee available in a booklet form for use in training at work!" - Stan Sanders

"This module was extremely interesting and informative, and I feel it has enhanced my understanding and awareness of the medical model of psychiatric drug therapy. I have learned a lot about the specific types of drugs that are prescribed for mental health problems, which again gives me a greater awareness when seeing clients. I found the whole style of the learning flexible in terms of being able to manage it within my own busy work schedule. I certainly intend to work on some of the other modules offered. " - Linda Tyrrell

"This was an interestining course raising presented in an easy way to follow. It raised important issues that counsellors need to reflect on and relate to, in regards to their own practice in terms of safe practice and efficacy." - Stella haddow-Mendes

"A most enlightening course which I feel I have learnt a lot from. I also found it very interesting and thought provoking. Worth doing." - Beatrice Lloyd

"A very valuable course that has given me greater understanding of psychiatric drugs." - Colin Thompson

"Good value for money in terms of the clear, well structured content, pointers to further reading as well as the benefit of flexible learning. I will certainly be looking out for other CPD topics." - Karen Head

"timely refresher/update many thanks" - Robert swire

"I really enjoyed the course. It was well presented and great that I could do a bit at a time." - Pauline Hughes

"A very in depth challenging and thought provoking Course, enabling a far better and realistic insight into the world of Psychiatric drug use and effect." - Barbara Allen

"This was a great way to complete some CPD. The layout was good, content highly recommended for any therapist working with clients who are or have been on psychotropic medication. Very user and reader friendly." -

"I felt that this course was very well presented and certainly worth doing. I did feel however that the content in the conceptual issues section was unnecessarily complicated. " -

"Excellent overview - delighted to see that the political component is referenced too. Great introduction and overview of this topic. " - Paul Glynn

"A very informative course and it has clarified the subject a lot for me. I feel that I have a better understanding of the different types of psychiatric drugs and the actions that they have on the human body and mind." -

"An enjoyable and informative course. The presentation and navigation are easy, the title may concern some therapists as being a bit on the medical side, yes it does discuss the medical model but balance is maintained with critical argument throughout. The use of plain language and case studies were really useful for reflective learning. A useful tool is the handout of major psychiatric drugs, class, uses and side effects - At the very least I will be able to check my spellings! Overall, this course is well worth doing. " - Christine Roche

"Both interesting and useful. (Would have appreciated an optional summary print-out of the material at the end)" - Jeff

"Very easy to understand, great case studies." -

"Excellent course, I feel much more up to date in whats happening, more able to engage in the discussions on this subject. I dipped in and out of the course, I think it took me more than three hours! " -

"Really clear nad concise module. Great for reflecting on own practice and also for challenging what I thought I already knew about psychiatric drugs. This module has really helped me gain confidence and understanding in an area that had previously felt complicated and confusing. Thank you and please can we have more topic like this on the online modules, rather than a lot of topics that are so often covered wthin counselling training." - Nicola Buchan

"I found this a useful overview. It allowed me to re-visit my opinions on the role psychiatric drugs play in our lives and, in particular, how it affects us in the therapy room." - Dale Kitchen

"really valuable course. brings out lots of thoughts about working with clients and the debate of therapy and or drugs. " - pauline hitchens

"An interesting course. It would have been nice to have received a certificate as it is a form of CPD." -

"I found this course thought provoking and informative." - Jenni Flight

"Above all I should like to say that I have enjoyed the time I have devoted to the content of this course. The information is presented in an accessible fashion, introducing the student to vocabulary and ideas which provide a sound basis for further reading. Idea presented are/have been thought provoking and stimulating -many thanks." - Elgan Moelwyn-Williams

"i have found this very interesting and it has stimulated a debate in my own head about the diffference in brain and mind and what that means. Also, it has made me question what i had previously thought about the prescribing of psychiatric drugs etc. Informative and something i would like to discuss with colleagues." -

"The course was very useful and informative" -

"Would it be possible to have some sort of online certificate that we could print for our CPD eveidence?" - Kevin Wilson

"This is the first online course I have undertaken and I have really enjoyed it. The material presented was informative, clearly written and so easily understandable. The balance of information and written responses was about right and the layout and design of the course was easy to follow. I have been left with some challenges to think about which will probably be useful to discuss with my supervisor. I am unsure whether there is a certificate of completion as this would be of benefit." - C. Peters

"A very informative and useful course, which also encoursged me to reflect upon my own beliefs and attitudes" -

"Very interesting. Had some knowledge of psychiatric medication but this has really put it into context. Easy to follow bite sized chunks. Have made notes which I will use when I need to in practice. Case histories very useful. Will be doing some more on line CPD when I get some free time" - Julia Berrington

"A really helpful course for someone without a medical background, thank you. Long enough to be very informative without being too long to justify the level of detail required. " -

"Succinct, informative and thought provoking." -

"This has been very useful - I now understand why I ask my clients what medication they are on and am confident to explore what impact this medication may have on our work." - Ellie

"Absolutely lovely and engrossing. Very well rounded. " - Noreen Samara Pope

"Just had my second extensive feedback disappear on clicking Continue. An excellent course apart from the same feature, which held me up for 48 hours at the start as well. Wher does the problem lie please?" - Delyth Wilkinson

"I found this extremely interesting and more in depth than I expected. What I have learned is interesting professionally and personally, and will be useful in my work. I really enjoyed this method of CPD. I could delve in and out when it suited me and revisit my responses. Thank you." - Elaine Freeman

"Well presented and structured. Very useful indeed in clarifying some of the common doubts regarding medication and the implication of this for the therapeutic process. " - Marta Iturrioz

"Very informative - found useful." - Helen Bowes

"Found the start of the course a bit difficult but then it got easier and i enjoyed it. Thank you for providing it. " -

"Very informative and helpful" -

"Informative and thought-provoking, especially when relating to various counselling modalities." -

"Very informative, thought provoking and succinct enough so that it provides a basic grounding on psychopharmacological interventions. Interesting." - Sandra Zecevic

"course informative and covers basically what i needed to know." - nicky

"I found this thought provoking and useful reference material." - sally Muxworthy

"IT IS REALLY VERY USEFULL AND CONCONTRATED FROM DINA MOFTAH" - DINA GEORGE MOFTAH

"Found course vering interesting, informative and enjoyed and learned alot from the issues covered. " -

"Excellent coverage of this area. Worth doing." -

"It would be useful to have a certificate saying that I have completed this." -

"I enjoyed the course and I thought if covered a lot of ground. It has kept me engaged and given me a foundation/resource sheet to reflect on. " - Dawn Allison.

"Brilliant course-comprehensive, informative; as a new counsellor, this was exactly what I was looking for-I highly recommend it." -

"I like the combination bewteen the learning and the inforamtive part of the course to the reflective one. Good combination. " - Ben

"I really enjoyed this. I felt it was well structured and presented alot of information in a very simple and manageable way. Excellent." - Tracey Weldon

"Interesting and relevant. " -

"Interesting and relevant. " -

"This course has been a very valuable experience. It has deepened my understanding and awareness of psychpharmacology and counselling and psychotherapy. The further reading provided at the end will be of help to pursue this subject. Overall this has been a very worthwhile course." - Sue Scase

"Good , clear, and informative. Seemed rather biased against medication...." -

"Very effective for therapists who are working in outpatient settings. " -

"S very interesting and thought provoking course and content. The balance of ideas and the presentation of different aspects of the debate lead to a critical understanding of the impact and influence of medication on the therapeutic relationship. " - Leighton Marjoram

"A very useful refresher on psychiatric drugs, their impact and some of the issues and politics around their prescription." - Martin Crook

"An excellent course giving all the fundamental information professionals/those in training need." - Vonnie

"The course was a 3 hour module, but I would say that it depends on your knowledge base in relation to the questions asked. The module was well constructed and informative at every level and I have learnt valuable information into what may be going on for clients in the medical model. I would reccommend this course for everyone who needs a topup or as a way to build on their own experiences in the field. Vey thought provoking and very stimulating and I look forward to the rest of the modules on this website. Thanks for the information it was well worth the money." - karen dunton

"This course has really helped me to reflect on the issues around psychiatric drugs. I think it is an informative and really useful overview. " -

"Brilliant-thanks very much, I really appreciate this BACP development" - Van Tran

"Interesting course, good overview, would have liked more qualitative focus in exploring ways of approaching potential difficulties in the counselling room." -

"Fairly easy course, would prefer if more person centred." -

"I thought this was an excellent and thought-provoking short course. I have not done any of the online courses before and enjoyed the format. The reflective questions were stimulating and helped me clarify my own thoughts on the subject matter. The summary sheet on psychiatric drugs, actions, uses and adverse effects is very helpful." - Jo Turnbull

"THANK YOU VERY INTERESTING" - KERRY

"Thought provoking , highly informative ( especially the Major catagories list of drugs) and very helpful for self reflection. Many thanks " - Dee

"Useful and thought provoking. Thank you" -

"This course was excellent and intellectually stimulating; I felt that I learned a lot and I found the learning to be enjoyable and easily understood." - Randall Wickham

"A very good informative course. Thank you." - 506664

"The course is clear, concise and provides plenty of references for further reading. It is well written and thought provoking." -

"This is a very informative and thought provoking course. Would certainly recommend it to others. " - Heidi

"Good course. Covers the basics and make you think. Thanks" -

"I enjoyed the course (felt quite nostalgic reminded me of my undergrad days [neuro-psychology]). I thought it was really well written and included recent developments. It would have been good to be able to directly access the last page visited (but no big deal). I kept getting timed out (mainly due to having to go off and do other things) - would advise people to complete answers on word (or similar). Big focus on chemical aspects of neurology, medical model .... nothing really on anatomy. Would be good to have more on working with those taking medication and considering contraindications possible benefits etc. Am looking forward to reading the referenced articles." - MKE

"A good course facilitating reflection on the treatment of mental health in this country. Basic information concerning the drugs available and those used commonly, which, I feel is an aid for therapists." -

"I have found this course very informative and interesting. It has been a valuable insight into the role of psychiatric drugs in therapy." -

"This course has been of emmense and considerable value, in its ability to deliver an important and very ethical issue in any intervention offered up to service users, who have had the misfortune of suffered or are suffering distressing aberations to their own psychology, and living functionality, by how this programme identifies with the ethical nature of a clinician or psychotherapist doing no harm, and only doing right by that service user, so that person remains empowered, and able to self actualize, and lead a functioning capacity in their daily living experience. so as a matter of course moving any politics out of any equation, and the question of any need for the use of psychotropic intervention as an extreme and last recourse, so that all support and agency networking is an actual inputted task, so that the nprimary concern for a therapist is achieved of doing no harmby that service user. " -

"Thank you, really thought provoking and encouraged some great personal reflection of what we are dealing with and yet to face in the mental health world " - HK

"Very helpful although really struggled with the language in the section at the start about concepts. " -

"Very useful and concise. I would like some more information about specific drug names and their aims for health. Thank you." - Rachel Baylis

"Good balance between factual information and areas for debate. Liked the mix of instruction coupled with the invitation to submit own opinion/experience. Clearly written." -

"Really liked the layout, and I found the "mini case studies" very helpful and thought provocking, as a few of them mirrored some recent client work." - Leon Hosking MGSW, MBACP, BA (Hons) Couns.

"Very informative course, it porvided the opportunity to refelct on my awareness of the subject matter and identify the need to increase my understanding though additional reading which supported the material." -

"Very informative" -

"i found this course helpful and imformitive. it was extremely helpful to reflect on my own views of mediction and the theraputic relationship. it has led me to reavaluate some of my own therputic practice and also inspired me to what to learn more on the causes and effects medication have . i" -

"I found this course very stimulating in an easy to read language. It provided me with a very useful means to reflect upon my understanding of drugs and debates surrounding them. Moreover, how I saw my own practice in relation to drug interventions. It also gave me an opportunity to reflect upon what more I would like to learn with regard to neuroscience and future role of drug interventions. In relation to CPD, this course was of the right length for me; allowing me to dip in and out at my own time and pace. Very apt for CPD, particularly the cost; a very worthwhile investment on all fronts! I recommend this course to all practitioners!! " - George M P Bailey

"Fascinating and enlightening information. Very worthwhile CPD." - Sarah

"I really found this CPD course useful having been faced with some scenarios within my practice similar to ones raised here, I am feeling much more confident in my own understanding and knowledge base thanks to this course, it was just what I needed at this time." -

"A very fulfilling interesting course that I have thoroughly enjoyed doing and participating in." - Karen Serra SAC Dip

"I very much enjoyed this course. I did find some of the language hard to digest. I think it might be due to the nature of the topic but I struggled to fully understand some of the content and questions. For me, more simple language if possible." -

"Excellent CPD - it gave me a different perspective and clearly illustrated the opposing opinions of the use of psychiatric drugs. It will help me explore the impact of drugs (not just biologically, but socially, politically etc) with my clients if they wish to discuss their use of psychiatric drugs. " -

"this is my third module online and by far the best. It deals with a very complex issue in a very uncomplicated manner." - Bernadette Hatton

"Informative and thought provoking course." -

"I found the information in the course extremely useful. It has given me more confidence to believe that my thoughts on the use of drugs with regard to mental health problems are correct. So often, clients come to therapy believing that their recovery is down to the use of drugs alone and they find it hard to believe that the work we have done may have contributed to it. I believe that drugs are prescribed far too often but I think doctors are in a difficult position in this regard. Prescribing anti depressants is probably the only way to get some patients out of their surgery! " -

"A brief outline of the drugs used in psychiatry and some thought provoking opportunities about personal attitudes to medication in psychiatric illness" -

"Good, mixed learning. I particularly liked the case studies." -

"Very interesting and well worthwhile course. The sections about the different types of prescribed psychiatric drugs, their uses and possible-side effects, were particularly useful to me. Thank you." - Jackie Browne

"Excellent but print out did not record all my answers some were cut short?" - RICARDO DODD

"An interesting and informative course, although the questions required me to repeat my answers several times. encouraged me to clarify my attitudes to drugs and se.e that my views are not unique. I finished it in less than the 3 hours." -

"Following this module was very timely for me as it is has been an issue of concern for a while. I liked it because it reflects my own views but I wonder if it would be useful to have a believer in drug therapy give their viewpoint? I have colleagues I respect very much say that there is a role for medication so this confuses me. Thanks anyway. I found it very helpful and clearly written." - maureen mulhern

"I found the course to be very useful in summarizing several decades worth of debate and development. I would like to see similar courses for other subjects and specific presenting issues." -

"I felt this course had a clarity that was very helpful." -

"Excellent -very helpful in stimulating reflective thinking. " - Gill Fletcher

"Extremely useful " - Mike ellis

"Excellent course - a lot of good information and very thought provoking - excellent way of reflecting and starting a new cycle of CPD for myself and identifying issues to take to supervision. " - Fern

"I loved it. It offered me a lot to think about." - Parvin Porhonar

"thank you, esay to use" -

"I enjoyed doing this module - I found it clear & easy to follow. Although there was very little new information it is useful to have it pulled together. I feel that it helped me to clarify my own thinking regarding psychiatric drugs & psychotherapy." - Elizabeth Hutton

"Great introduction to medication and the role it plays in therapy." -

"This was a really useful learning experience. The online access was brilliant and I will definitely try some of the other learning ." - Linda Farthing

"Excellent course, informative and thought provoking." -

"This is a very useful model for people wishing to get an overview in enough detail to help with practice. Very easy and use and informative. " - Lydia

"This online course is brilliant! It is very interesting and gives you an in-depth look at the use of psychiatric drugs and gets you thinking. I would highly recommend all therapists/counsellors to do this course." - Marysia Moore

"Good course well worth taking the time to do and to study further. However I would really like a certificate :) thats just me though I like my certificates" - Kessa Gill

"This course was particularly helpful in refreshing my knowledge of psychopharmacology. The topics were indepth and informative and allowed me to self reflect throughout." - smanning

"A very useful and informative course which has given me a great deal to reflect on. " -

"An interesting course" -

"I have found the course to be informative but also to ask some very important questions on the way mental health is often approached in healthcare settings. It has given me a fresh perspective on the use of psychiatric drugs, thank you." -