Santa Clara University

Benson Memorial Center


Jun 15, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Loyola Hall
Cost : $95

CANCELED! Psychopharmacology for the Psychotherapist


Course # - CPSY x821
Loyola Hall Room 160 
Credit Hours: 4

Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify basic physiological structures of the brain and how these structures can affect behavior.
  2. Participants will be able to identify different classes of medications used to treat a number of mental health conditions.
  3. Participants will be able to identify main effects and side effects associated with commonly prescribed psychiatric medications.
  4. Participants will increase their skills and comfort in consulting with prescribing providers.
  5. Participants will increase their comfort and skill in developing shared treatment plans with medical providers.

Course Description:

This is an introductory course designed to give psychotherapists and counselors a general overview of psychopharmacology and neurophysiology. Basic structures and functions of the nervous system will be covered as will basic principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. The material will be presented with a clinical orientation. Illustrative case examples will be used throughout. Discussions of boundaries of practice and practical issues of psychological assessment, referral, and ongoing collaboration with medication prescribing providers will be covered in depth.


Dr. Jonathan Sills is the Program Director for Assistive Technology within the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. As the Program Director for Assistive Technology, Dr. Sills leads an interdisciplinary team of providers working with a variety of rehabilitation patient populations. Dr. Sills received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, interned at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Geriatric/Rehabilitation Psychology at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Dr. Sills maintains a broad interest in Rehabilitation Psychology, Geropsychology, Neuropsychology, and Behavioral Medicine. His current research interests focus on the implementation of programs and technologies that support continuity of health services, the optimization of interdisciplinary teams and collaboration across health care settings, and neuropsychological assessment and cognitive retraining among neurologically impaired patient populations.

In addition to his work within the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Dr. Sills is an appointed member of the Adjunct Faculty at Santa Clara University, Department of Counseling Psychology where he continues to teach graduate courses on topics related to Psychopharmacology, Assessment, and Therapy Practices.

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Grace Perez
(408) 551-1981
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