Mental Health Services Workshop July 12th

July 1, 2013

Our mental health services workshop is almost here! This Friday, July 12th, we’ll hold two sessions, open to mental health professionals and others in the industry. The skill level for both workshops ranges from beginning to advanced and each session will provide 3 CEUs. We are very excited to bring you these workshops, which will focus on the DSM 5 and Psychopharmacology. Here’s a look at what will be covered.

Guardian’s Mental Health Services Workshop

Session 1: Overview of DSM 5, “Bridging the Gap”

The 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual raises some questions for industry professionals, so we will bring everyone up to speed on new changes. The workshop will focus on identifying diagnostic concepts, symptom severity, and dimensionality across disorders. After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the changes to the diagnostic process
  • Identify new diagnoses and mental disorders under the DSM 5
  • Summarize how dimensional measures may enhance a clinician’s ability to assess symptom variance and severity
  • Outline psychological conditions for further study

Session 2: Psychopharmacology: Moods, Myths, Medication, and Mental Health

All mental health professionals, social workers, and marriage and family therapists can benefit by being familiar with psychopharmacology. This session will help people in the mental health services industry to develop a deeper knowledge of psychopharmacology, enabling them to better assess the effectiveness of certain medications and communicate that information to their clients.

There are three primary reasons why psychopharmacology is so important in today’s mental health services field:

1. Informed Consent

Professionals need to know which disorders may respond to medication treatments, so that they can make referrals to the appropriate prescriber. This is in line with informed consent, giving clients information regarding all viable treatment options for their particular disorder, which then allows them to make choices about which mental health services treatment to pursue.

2. Professional Communication

Mental health professionals need to be able to communicate clearly with physicians to whom clients are referred. This way, they can share any relevant information about a client’s diagnosis and response to treatment.

3. Client Interaction

In the current days of managed care, an increasing number of clients to mental health services receive psychiatric medication treatment in primary care medical settings. In these cases, the amount of time spent with a physician can be very limited. Understandably, the clients often want and need additional information regarding their medication treatment that is not readily available from the primary care doctor.

Mental health professionals, social workers, and marriage and family therapists can be instrumental in providing important information about side effects, time required for medications to start working, and realistic expectations for treatment outcomes. By understanding psychopharmacology, professionals put themselves in a stronger position to provide comprehensive help to the people that need it.

For information on last-minute registration for our workshops, please visit our events page at We hope to see you there!

If you or someone you love is suffering from a mental illness and is facing financial obstacles to services, please call us at 1-800-338-5770.  At Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation we provide access to low-cost or no-cost mental health services through a variety of community mental health centers and professionals.  We also offer educational workshops for families and professionals.