ccmh521 | Graduate
Psychopharmacology/biological Basis Of Behavior
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.
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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 bases of sexual development.
- Explain the psychological and socio-cultural variables associated with sexual behavior and gender identity.
- Summarize the assessment and treatment of psychosexual dysfunction.
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.
- Differentiate between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
- Explain the protocol for diagnosing, assessing, and treating major mental disorders through the use of pharmacological agents.
Substances of Abuse
- Describe treatment approaches to substance abuse and addictions.
- Describe the pharmacology of various addictive substances.
- Discuss substance abuse concerns related to psychopharmacology.
Pharmacological Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders
- Identify basic classifications of medications and individual medications used to treat mood disorders.
- Identify basic classifications of medications and individual medications used to treat anxiety disorders.
Pharmacological Treatment of Psychotic Disorders
- Identify basic classifications of medications and individual medications used to treat schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders.
Collaborative Relationships and Ethical Issues
- Analyze the collaborative relationship between prescribers and marriage and family therapists.
- Identify ethical issues involved in pharmacological treatment of mental health issues.
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