This up-to-date primer on psychopharmacology and psychosocial interventions serves as a useful resource for social work students and practitioners as they expand their daily roles in psychiatric medication management. Presenting material within a contemporary framework of "partnership" practice that is rich with case examples, Bentley and Walsh offer all the facts, myths, and relevant information about psychotropic medication in an easy-to-access manner. Content on a variety of topics, including coverage of children and adolescents, helps readers become more responsive to the medication-related concerns of mental health clients--and work more collaboratively on these issues with families and other mental health care providers. Data from the authors' national survey of randomly selected NASW members provides information that helps readers be aware and active with respect to clients' medication-related dilemmas, but also mindful of the sociopolitical context of prescription practice in psychiatry.
Table of Contents
1. The Larger Context of Psychopharmacology and Social Work.
2. Overview of Social Work Roles in Medication Management Across Settings.
3. Basic Psychopharmacology.
4. The Five Classes of Medication.
5. Intervention Concerns with Special Populations.
6. Referrals, Decision-Making, and the Meaning of Psychiatric Medication.
7. Medication Education for Clients and Families.
8. Medication Monitoring and Management.
9. Medication Adherence.
10. Future Directions in Psychopharmacology: Implications for Social Workers.
Alphabetical Listing of Currently Available Prescriptions Described in This Book.