Medic ation by Patient Population &
Working with the Primary Care Provider
Alliant International University ~ San Francisco
10:00am-2:30pm ~ 4 HRs CE Credit
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 Nursesí Newswire.
the basics of psychopharmacology will only take one so far.
†To truly be able to explain the effects of the medications
and assist clients in knowing the best treatment and dosing for their
conditions, it is necessary to know how medications affect particular
patient populations. †
For some psychiatric conditions, medications are more commonly
prescribed by primary care providers. †Mental health care
providers must learn to liaison with the prescriber in order to ensure
effective care of their clients. †Learn effective ways to
become part of a team with the prescriber and assist your clients in
advocating for appropriate and necessary care.
You will be able to:
1. Define the effects of female hormones on neurochemistry;
2. Describe the issues involved in medication use during pregnancy and
3. Recognize the issues surrounding prescribing by non-psychiatric
4. List ways to effectively integrate treatment with the client's
1. The Female Client, unique considerations in prescribing across the
2. Special Populations - considerations in children, elderly and
3. The Primary Care Prescriber - becoming part of a team
4. Having an effective liaison between your client and their
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.