home | faq | registered students log-in | join our mailing list | e-mail us | to order


Handbook of
Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists


John D. Preston, John H. O'Neal, Mary C. Talaga and Bret A. Moore

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:

  1. Identify and list the basics of psychopharmacology
  2. List the etiology, diagnosis and treatment implications of:
  3. List techniquesxplain the psychotropic medications that your patients are using; focusing on
  4. Assess and list the Red Flags for medications
  5. Provide a resource for checking on medications and their side effects
  6. Utilize and list clear guidelines on when to refer a patient for a medication evaluation
  7. List techniques to communicate with physicians and psychiatrists regarding medications
  8. Enumerate the relevance of psychotropics in a clinical practice

    "Ultimately, loneliness, alienation, hopelessness, and demoralization are not to be cured with chemicals, but rather must be addressed in the arena of human contact and understanding. This is what psychotherapists do best. And, in collaboration with our medical psychiatric colleagues, we can make a real difference in the lives of our clients." John D. Preston, Psy.D

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:

APA - www.psychceu.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. www.psychceu.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
CA BBS - California Board of Behavioral Science accepts our CE Provider Approvals through APA, NASW, and NBCC. Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling (BAP 753 )
NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals (#575)
NBCC - National Board for Certified Counselors - www.psychceu.com has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6055. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. www.psychceu.com is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. (ACEP #6055)
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (#1761)
The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners (#6246)

maintains responsibility for the program.



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 The Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists which is included as a PDF
  • how it works

    Due to the wonders of technology, the minute you submit your order over our secure line, it is encrypted, and processed safely and securely by Authorize.net, a secure web processor. Or, if you prefer, call us toll-free 888-777-3773.

    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.

    Contact us or call if you need technical support.

    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!

  • Pass the post-test

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

John D. Preston, PsyD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and author or coauthor of twenty books. He is professor emeritus of psychology at Alliant International University, and has also served on the faculty of the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. He is the recipient of the Mental Health Association’s President’s Award for contributions to the mental health professions, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Bret A. Moore, PsyD, ABPP, is a prescribing psychologist and board-certified clinical psychologist in San Antonio, Texas. He is vice chair of Boulder Crest Institute in Bluemont, VA, and founder of Military Psychology Consulting. Moore is on the faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Mexico State University, Alliant International University, Adler University and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and teaches graduate courses in psychopharmacology, clinical medicine, and military psychology. Moore has authored and edited twenty books and dozens of book chapters and more than fifty peer-reviewed and professional articles.

John H. O’Neal, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist who has been in private practice since 1977. He is past chief of the department of psychiatry at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. He is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the UC Davis School of Medicine, and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He lectures on depression and psychopharmacology to mental health professionals, employee assistance programs, and the public. O’Neal received his master’s degree in clinical psychology from Harvard University, and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Washington.

Mary C. Talaga, RPh, PhD, has been a pharmacist for thirty-nine years, with specialization in psychiatric pharmacy and pharmacy administration. She has extensive experience in health care, and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings. Over her career, she has contributed to the development of best practice guidelines, and has promoted collaborative care models. She has provided training and mentoring to health care professionals, and education to patients and consumers.

Quick Reference to Psychotropic Medication®  Updated!!!

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

To order


e-mail us!

Frequently Asked Questions



© 2024. www.psychceu.com. all rights reserved

All material included in this course is either in the public domain, or used with express permission.

www.psychceu.com adheres to the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. Our courses are carefully screened by our Planning Committee to adhere to APA standards. We also require authors who compose Internet courses specifically for us to follow APA ethical standards.
www.psychceu.com maintains responsibility for the program.