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Psychopharmacology and Social Work Practice

Sophia F. Dziegielewski

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online May 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0114
Psychopharmacology and Social Work Practice

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Psychopharmacological treatments are changing the practice landscape for all health and mental health professionals. Awareness and access to pharmacological information for patients and consumers is essential. With the increased dependence on medications often accompanying any treatment modality, ethical, efficient, and effective practice by social workers and other counselors employed in health and mental health settings requires greater knowledge of psychopharmacological treatments, their interactions, and their effects related to psychotherapeutic interventions. If medications are designed to change one feeling, thought, or behavior, the same medication can surely change another unintended emotion or behavior. This requires that social workers and all other non-medically trained counselors have a working knowledge of medications, especially the mental health medications. This overview provides the latest references relevant to the medication issues and concerns mental health practitioners will encounter. Providing multicollaborative treatment requires sharing in the roles and the responsibilities of client care. For social workers an awareness of the mental-health-related medications utilized is required. As members of a collaborative team, social workers watch for potential problems in compliance and side effects, and they strive to ensure effective and achieve multicollaborative treatment. This bibliography addresses changes to the practice of social work, that have introduced further knowledge, including expansion in educational curricula.

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Subjects: Social Work

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