This course has a clinical focus and practical orientation; therefore, we will examine basic neuropsychopharmacology,
neurotransmitter systems, drug metabolism (i.e, absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion), and the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of psychotropic medications to only a limited degree. Our emphasis will be primarily on understanding the physiological actions, therapeutic effects, and potential toxicities associated with prescribed pharmacotherapies for major
classes of mental disorders affecting youth, adults, and the elderly along with other special populations. Lastly, we will discuss ethical and legal issues, the social workers role in collaboration and communication with prescribing doctors and nurses.