According to the NIH, children and adolescent handle medications differently than adults, which makes testing and obtaining FDA approval difficult. Despite relatively few medications with FDA approval, many medications are used to treat child and adolescent mental health disorders. These are often “off-label” prescriptions; legally prescribed medications used for non-FDA approved indications.
Therefore, it is critical that non-medical members of the treatment team have knowledge and understanding of medications, side effects and how to communicate with clients, family members and guardians about them. This course use interactive games, quizzes and vignettes to help learners take the information back to real-world practice.
This course covers:
- Unique childhood and adolescent presentation of common psychiatric illnesses.
- Different classes, uses and side effects of psychotropic medications used to treat children and adolescent behavioral health disorders