Understanding Psychopharmacology: Basics of Brain Functioning

Price: $128.00
ruelaz Dr. Alicia Ruelaz, MD

Understanding Psychopharmacology:
The Basics of Brain Functioning

March 18, 2011
Alliant International University ~ San Francisco
10:00am-2:30pm ~ 4 HRs CE Credit
Dr. Ruelaz is an academic psychiatrist who enjoys teaching complex neurochemistry and making it accessible and relevant to mental health practitioners.

She has taught about brain functioning to therapists in training through her roles as Associate Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She was formerly Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and is now at UCSF. Her expertise in psychopharmacology has also been utilized by definitive resources for physicians and nurses such as Medscape, ConsultantLive and Nurses’ Newswire.
Mental health disorders and their treatment can be fascinating and easier to understand when explained by the right person. Learn the basics of brain functioning and the mechanisms of action of the medications that correct these.

Join popular psychiatrist and national speaker, Alicia Ruelaz, M.D. as she breaks down detailed scientific information into easily understood descriptions. With her engaging style, you’ll gain the knowledge to be able to converse with your clients in terms of brain functionality and assist them in managing their treatment options from that perspective.
Workshop Benefits:

You will be able to:

1. Describe the brain changes that occur in mental health disorders;

2. Summarize medication treatment options available for each mental health disorder;

3. Explain how the various medication options work; and

4. Recognize the best treatment option for a particular client and evaluate its effectiveness
Workshop Topics:

1. Neurochemistry and Neuroanatomy Basics

2. Brain Dysfunction, the basis of Psychiatric Disorders

3. Available Agents, Standard Medications to the Latest Available

4. Mechanisms of Action, how the Medications Work

Access to Expertise:

1. This class is part of the CE at Alliant Access to Expertise program.  Registering and taking part in the class entitles you to one Case Consultation at no charge with Dr Ruelaz about a issue related to the topic of the class.  

2. A brief form for describing the issue and providing relevant background will be provided  at the class.  Please keep the focus of the consultation as specific as possible -- the Case Consultation is limited to one-half hour.

3. The no-charge Access to Expertise consultation should be requested within six months of attending this class.

4. The goal of the Access to Expertise program is to continue support for using new skills into the real world after the official training is over.

5. CE at Alliant will not be involved clinically or financially in the no-charge Access to Expertise consultation or subsequent case consultations, if any.  The only role of CE at Alliant is to enable access in a way that strengthens the training we provide.