Higher Education

Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals: An Integrative Approach, 2nd Edition

  • R. Elliott Ingersoll Cleveland State University
  • Carl F. Rak Cleveland State University
  • ISBN-10: 1285845226  |  ISBN-13: 9781285845227
  • 432 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006
  • © 2016 | Published
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Designed to make the topic of psychopharmacology accessible to students in the helping professions, this concise, three-part book assists future practitioners in mastering basic concepts and applying these concepts to cases. In-depth discussions of psychopharmacology topics-- including basic principles of psychopharmacology, commonly prescribed psychotropic drugs for adults, and psychotropic medications prescribed to children--are structured around the three core parts of the book. Psychological, cultural, and social issues related to psychopharmacology are also addressed. Case examples, study questions, and bolded key terms appear throughout the book to support and facilitate comprehension. PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, Second Edition, includes new material on psychosocial treatments that complement the most prescribed medications, expanded discussion of medication of children and the elderly, a new chapter on drug replacement therapies, reference to changes in the DSM-5, and more.

Features and Benefits

  • Through the use of numerous case examples, study questions, bolded key terms and a glossary, the text assists readers in understanding and applying material.
  • Each chapter is broken into sections; each section has objectives and review questions to facilitate student understanding.
  • Each chapter in Part II covers commonly prescribed psychotropic medication and includes an overview on the history of the discovery and use of each category of drugs, medical model theories of how the drugs work, and common drugs in each category and their side effects.
  • The book provides an overview of cultural, racial, and gender issues regarding viewpoints and responses to psychotropic medication.
  • Practical information about how to talk with clients about medication and compliance helps to guide students and new practitioners.
  • The text provides hands-on information about how to approach collaboration with prescribing professionals.
  • Ingersoll and Rak talk about the important role of supervision and discuss how to process particular issues regarding psychotropic medications in supervision.
  • The authors examine the role of powerful institutions, such as the pharmaceutical industry and the Food and Drug Administration.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. Introduction to the Nervous System, Neurons, and Pharmacodynamics.
3. Pharmacokinetics: How the Body Acts on Psychotropic Medications.
4. Psychological, Social, and Cultural Issues in Psychopharmacology.
5. The Antidepressant Era.
6. The Age of Anxiety.
7. Antipsychotic Medications.
8. Mood Stabilizers.
9. Medicating Children.
10. Herbaceuticals.
11. Pharmacotherapy of Alcohol and Drug Related Disorders.
12. Drug Assisted Psychotherapy.
13. Psychotropic Medication and the Elderly.

What's New

  • Added sections on psychosocial treatments complement the most prescribed medications in several chapters, including chapters on antidepressants, anxiolytics, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers. There are also sections on the state of psychosocial interventions for children/adolescents and the elderly.
  • Expanded discussion of medication and children appears in a new Chapter 9, “Medicating Children.” Topics include, among others, pediatric bipolar disorder, the foster care system and psychotropic medication, mood stabilizers and aggression, federal laws related to medicating children, and antipsychotics, anxiolytics, antidepressants as they relate to children.
  • A new Chapter 13, “Psychotropic Medication and the Elderly,” features expanded material on medications as they relate to this growing population.
  • A new Chapter 11, “Drug Replacement Therapies,” introduces addictions medicine and discusses drug replacement therapies for opiate dependence, including methadone and suboxone.
  • A new chapter 12, "Drug Assisted Psychotherapy" that discusses psychedelics and empathogens.
  • Expanded treatment on pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacogenetics.
  • This edition incorporates relevant material as appropriate from the DSM-5 and the ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

R. Elliott Ingersoll

Elliott Ingersoll is a Professor and coordinator of counseling programs in the department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning in the College of Education and Human Services at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in the state of Ohio, where his areas of specialization are mood disorders, anxiety disorders, religious and spiritual problems, and substance abuse. Dr. Ingersoll is author or co-author of seven books and over two dozen journal articles and book chapters. His areas of publication are psychopharmacology, spirituality, and psychopathology. He lives in Kent, Ohio.

Carl F. Rak

Dr. Carl Rak is Professor Emeritus of Counseling in the Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio and President of the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center. He has taught various courses throughout the years. His areas of specialization include AIDS counseling, new models of school guidance, and counseling children and adolescents. He is a Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio and a fully certified psychoanalyst. He divides his time between his private practice and visits with his grandchildren.