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Biological Basis of Behavior/Physiological Issues


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Course level: Graduate

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.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Introduction to Biological Basis of Behavior and Psychopharmacology

Basic Neuroanatomy and Psychopharmacology

Physiology of Behavior

Etiology and Treatment of Depressive Disorders

Etiology and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders and PTSD

Etiology and Treatment of Bipolar and Related Disorders and ADHD

Etiology and Treatment of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

Sociocultural and Ethical Issues in Psychopharmacology


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