Child and Adolescent
Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Simple

Fourth Edition 2021

John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP,
John O’Neal. M.D., and Mary Talaga, Ph.D.

This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education units


Clinical Psychopharmacology can be confusing and overwhelming, especially when it comes to children and adolescents. More and more psychotropics have the black box warnings. Yet psychotherapists more and more need to understand the meds that are available for their patients, the side effects, when to reevaluate current meds, etc. How can the clinician speak intelligently to parents and physicians regarding medications for their child clients? We have to be able to talk quickly and intelligently to medical doctors about appropriate medications.

This short and easy-to-understand book offers all the information you need about the use of psychoactive medications in the treatment of childhood and adolescent psychological disorders.
The book is organized by disorders most commonly encountered in young people, like ADD, depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety, learning disorders, and psychotic disorders like schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. Each chapter includes diagnosis criteria for each problem, treatment indications and contraindications, and notes for monitoring, evaluation, and follow-up care. The book identifies popular classes of drugs by brand and generic names, and provides fact sheets that therapists can offer parents or parents can show to doctors who may need more information to make sound treatment decisions. This guide to psychopharmacology for children and adolescents can help you make wise and informed treatment decisions.
Each chapter offers the most up-to-date information on the most often-prescribed medications-including diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up. Convenient fact sheets for many common medications make it easy for professionals to educate parents and for parents to communicate more effectively with doctors.
Provides immediate access to information on the latest treatments for children struggling with:
- Depression
- Bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Psychotic disorders

- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorders
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Sleep disorders

- And many other common problems

Learning Objectives for this 6 unit course. Clinicians will:

  1. Develop refined skills related to diagnosing psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents
  2. Know which disorders and target symptoms are considered to be medication responsive
  3. Improve abilities to collaborate with psychiatrists and primary care pediatricians, and effectively discuss medication issues with parents
  4. Evaluate the limitations and outcomes of pharmacological treatments.
  5. Understand how to address parental concerns regarding medication treatment for their children
  6. Be alerted to the ‘red flag’ issues in psychotropic medications

This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education units

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 Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Simple 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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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.

John O’Neal, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist, associate clinical professor: UC David School of Medicine, and the author of four psychopharmacology books.

Mary Talaga, Ph.D. is a registered pharmacist specializing in psychiatric medication treatment. She is the director for pharmacies Northern California Kaiser medical centers and the author of three books on psychopharmacology.

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Cost of the 6 unit course is $99, which includes the ebook (retail $24.95)

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