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Handbook of
Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists

Ninth Edition - 2021

John Preston, Psy.D.

This course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education


This course introduces therapists to the art and science of psychopharmacology.

Learning Objectives:

The student will be able:

We will be discussing medications for


In these days of Managed Care and Brief Therapy, it is crucial for psychotherapists to understand the appropriate use of psychiatric medications. Most psychotropic prescriptions are written by the primary care physician in what is often a 10 minute office visit. There are fewer and fewer psychiatrists, so it is falling upon the psychotherapist to be more knowledgeable regarding medications.

With properly diagnosed individuals, psychotropic drugs can reduce human suffering and facilitate brief treatment. This course covers practical and applied issues regarding psychiatric medication treatment. The focus is on the non-medical therapist as collaborator with psychiatrists or primary care doctors in medical treatment (diagnosis, referral, and follow-up).


Specific topics include:

Additional topics cover patient education, how to monitor medication response, compliance issues, discontinuation and relapse prevention and integrating psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.

This course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education

is approved by the:

American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists - www.psychceu.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (#1761)
The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners (#6246)

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To receive credit students must
  • Register for the course (order on-line or call toll-free 888-777-3773), after which you will receive the course material and the post-test.

  • The course consists of reading Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists which is included as a PDF
  • Pass the post-test

  • Upon passing the test, print out your own certificate of completion!

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You will immediately receive confirmation of your order, your password and how to access the course material. (Please do not block e-mails from classes@psychceu.com, orders@psychceu.com and info@psychceu.com)

If you ordered an online course, you can begin to take the course immediately.

You will receive instructions, via e-mail, on how to take your test online.

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Your test will be graded online, so the moment you have passed, you may print out your certificate of completion.

That's it! You are done!


John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP is a Professor with Alliant International University (California School of Professional Psychology), Sacramento. He has also taught with UC Davis, School of Medicine. He is the author of eighteen books on various topics including depression, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, borderline disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. His book, Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists was the year’s number one bestseller with the Behavior Sciences Book Club. He is the author of “Drugs in Psychiatry” chapter in the Encyclopedia Americana. Dr. Preston is the recipient of the Mental Health Association’s President’s Award for contributions to the mental health community and the California Psychological Association’s “Distinguished Contributions to Psychology” award. He has lectured in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Russia.

Quick Reference to Psychotropic Medication®  Updated!!!

Cost of the 12 unit course is $200, which includes the ebook (retail $59.95)

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We do adhere to the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. Our courses are carefully screened by the Planning Committee to adhere to APA standards. We also require authors who compose Internet courses specifically for us follow APA ethical standards.

Many of our courses contain case material, and may use the methods of qualitative research and analysis, in-depth interviews and ethnographic studies. The psychotherapeutic techniques depicted may include play therapy, sandplay therapy, dream analysis, drawing analysis, client and therapist self-report, etc. The materials presented may be considered non-traditional and may be controversial, and may not have widespread endorsement within the profession. www.psychceu.com maintains responsibility for the program and its content.