ccmh520 | Graduate

Biological Basis Of Behavior/physiological Issues

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This course examines the biological foundations of human functioning in relationship to cognition, emotions and mental health. It includes an overview of neuro-anatomy, biochemistry, and main effects and side effects of prescription psychotropic medication. The goal of the course is to learn how the underlying biological aspects of human functioning affect processes of adjustment and well-being relevant to client populations. There is special attention given to issues pertaining to those who are taking psychotropic medication and the need to monitor them for side effects and contraindications. Ethics and methods of working with medical personnel are included.

This graduate-level course is 8 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 8 weeks

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    Biological Underpinnings of Higher Mental Functions

    • Define the interactions between hormones, the body, and behavior.
    • Describe the neurological pathways related to perceiving and producing emotions.
    • Analyze the relationship between learning and memory.
    • Explain the neurological nature of language production and comprehension.

    Principles of Psychopharmacology

    • Summarize the common uses of psychopharmacological medications.
    • Describe the basics of pharmacokinetics.
    • Describe the basics of pharmacodynamics.

    Pharmacological Treatment of Mental Disorders I

    • Explain the therapeutic uses, interactions, and side effects associated with psychopharmacological medications.
    • Appraise the effectiveness of the combination of pharmacological and psychological treatments.

    Pharmacological Treatment of Mental Disorders II

    • Explain the therapeutic uses, interactions, and side effects associated with psychopharmacological medications.
    • Appraise the effectiveness of the combination of pharmacological and psychological treatments.

    Pharmacological Treatment of Mental Disorders III

    • Explain the therapeutic uses, interactions, and side effects associated with psychopharmacological medications.
    • Appraise the effectiveness of the combination of pharmacological and psychological treatments.

    Collaborative Relationships and Ethical Issues

    • Discuss substance abuse concerns related to psychopharmacology.
    • Identify ethical issues involved in informing clients about drug issues.
    • Analyze the collaborative relationship between prescribers and counselors.

    Biological Foundations of Human Mental Functioning

    • Identify the major structures and functions of the central nervous system involved in cognition, affect, and behavior.
    • Explain the relationship between the human nervous system and behavior.
    • Analyze the underlying assumptions of a biopsychological approach to understanding human mental functioning.

    Neurology of the Body and Behavior

    • Analyze the neuro-physiological concepts associated with the five senses.
    • Describe the neuro-physiological concepts associated with body movement.
    • Describe the neuro-physiological concepts associated with sleep.
    • Explain the physiological basis of sexual development.
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