Course: EPC 678. Psychopharmacology and Neurobiological Foundations (3)
Prerequisites: EPC 672; Admission to a CSUN master’s degree program in Counseling. Introduces students to the neurobiological foundations of family therapy, including an overview of sexual dysfunction, interpersonal neurobiology and effects of trauma. Covers biochemical theories of mental disorders and the various classes of psychoactive medications used to treat these disorders across the lifespan. Particular attention given to utilization patterns based on sex, socioeconomic status, ethnicity and other diversity factors. Emphasis on the role of family therapists in the assessment, referral and management of clients being treated with psychotropic medication.