Training & Education in Clinical Psychopharmacology

 Training Outline:
Sponsored by the APA Office of Continuing Education
Provided by the Southwest Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy


Topic: The Psychopharmacologic Considerations & Treatment of Older Adults

Credit Hours: 13.50

Location: Online only; via Adobe Connect

Training Dates: March 16-17, 2019, 8:00am-6:00pm

Instructor(s): Marlin Hoover, PhD, MSCP, ABPP Prescribing Psychologist


Recommended Readings (to be sent upon receiptof registration):

 Ballard, C., Youakim, J.M., Coate, B., & S. Stankovic. (2019). Pimavanserin in Alzheimer’s disease Psychosis: Efficacy in Patients with MorePronounced Psychotic Symptoms. The Journal of Prevention ofAlzheimer’s Disease, 6 (1), 28-31.

 Brenesa, G.A., Davis, J., Miller, M.E, and Danhauer, S.C(2018). A randomized preference trial of cognitive-behavioral therapy and yoga for the treatment of     worry in anxious older adults. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications          10, 169–176.

Kuchta, K., de Nocola, P., and Schmidt, M. (2018). Randomized, dose-controlled double-blind trial: Efficacy of an ethanoic kava (Piper methysticum rhizome)     extract for the treatment of anxiety in elderly patients. Traditional & KampoMedicine, 5 (1),3–10.

Maatouk, I. et. al. (2018). Healthy aging at work— Efficacy of group interventions on the mental health of nurses aged 45 and older: Results of a randomized, controlled trial. PLOS ONE. Retrieved from     journal.pone.0191000


Training Description and Learning Objectives

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Training Description: In this  training we  study  psychopharmacological  considerations  and treatment  in  special populations. Specifically, of the understanding of clinical psychopharmacology through the study of TreatmentoftheElderlyandthemanyhealthcomplications/complexitiesasweage.


Training Learning Objectives:

1. Use a GFR calculator to assess the renal function of an elderlypatient.

2. Select the most appropriate antidepressant medication for an elderly patient considering the patient’s current level of renal function.

3. Analyze a patient’s medication list and calculate the Beers score for the patients’ medicationlist.

4. Use knowledge gained from analysis of the patient’s Beers score to select an appropriate medication for the following conditions: insomnia; psychosis; depression &anxiety.

5. List three psychotropic medications that do not require a dose adjustment based on the patient’sGFR.

6. Analyze an elderly patient’s current medication list using the STOPP/STARTguidelines.

7. SelectthemostappropriatemedicationforapatientexperiencingdeliriumconsistentwiththeSTOPP/ STARTguidelines.

8. Calculate an elderly patient’s vulnerability score using the VES –13.

9. List three psychotropic medications that are hepatotoxic and should not be used in patients with cirrhosis.

10. List the 10 most common medical illnesses in theelderly.

11. Calculate the Child-Turcotte-Pugh Score of hepatic function for apatient.

12. Review the current availability of empirically validated Decision Support Tools (DST’s) for the treatment of Late Life Depression (LLD) and decide whether the use of DST is supported by the evidence.

13. Defend a risk/benefit analysis for the use of the following medication classes in the elderly:SGA’s; AZD Rx’s; hypnotics; & mood stabilizers.

14. Explain the relationship between outcome and sponsorship in studies of the comparative efficacy of psychotropic medications and psychotherapy in olderadults.

15. List expected dosage adjustments for benzodiazepines, SSRI’s, anticonvulsants, and hypnotics in older adults.

16. Select the appropriate medication for each of 5 patients in cases presented during theclass.


Costs: $150/2 days (weekend)

13.5 CEs for Psychologists


How to Register:

1. Interested parties must first contact the Training Director at

2. Download (click here) Adobe Connect for free

3.Register/Pay at: NMSU Shop-cart (clickhere)

4. You will receive confirmation of pay; and later instruction on readings and how to complete the  training evaluation. Evaluations must be submitted to receive your CEcertificate.


Casey L. McDougall, Ph.D., LP, MSCP Professor

Psychopharmacology Training Director

College of Education Counseling & Educational Psychology MSC 3CEP

New Mexico State University P.O. Box 30001 Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001