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The Therapist’s Role Regarding Medication (SAC-DAVIS)

  • Saturday, September 16, 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • St Mark's Church 2391 St. Marks Way, Sacramento, CA 95864


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Presenter: Michael J. “Mick” Rogers, LCSW, ABD

Description: We are taught early on in our education that dealing with psychotropic medication is outside our scope of practice. But what is our role? It is not simply to encourage med compliance, because that does not take our client’s perspective into account. It is not just to identify clients who might benefit from medication and refer them to a prescriber, because clients often do not follow through with their prescriber’s medication plan due to unspoken fears, gut feelings, experiences and historic/ racial/ethnic events that decrease trust in the medical profession.

Our role is complex and multifaceted. This presentation looks at our role from Dr. Kia J. Bentley’s perspective on meaning making, an intersectional lens that appreciates how some client groups may be less trusting of physicians and their psychotropic medicine, and a psychodynamic perspective that anticipates how unexamined and unresolved ambivalence may lead to self-defeating behaviors around psychotropic medication.

This presentation will include didactic teaching, vignettes and role plays.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Improve their psychoeducation skills, so they can help clients understand:
    • how psychotropic medicine is supposed to address their problem,
    • how their client’s ambivalence about “needing” their prescribed medication can lead to non-compliance.
    • how to identify possible side effects, and prescribed (and street) drug interactions.
    • how to effectively communicate to their prescribing clinicians their needs and concerns, and
    • how to find the right balance between informed consent and the nocebo effect.
  • Identify how clients from different cultures may make different meanings about their prescribed medication.

  • Develop skills in helping their clients “make meaning” of their medication

    Presenter Bio: Mick Rogers, LCSW ABD, a clinical social worker since 1980 comes from a predominantly psychodynamic, object relations perspective. His career has focused on treating children, youth and their families in child guidance clinics, clinical supervision, and treating college students at CSUS and UC-D. He is a PhD candidate at Smith College School for Social Work whose dissertation research is on teaching clinical social work students advocacy in their field instruction.

    ROOM LOCATION: The Room is called The Fireside Room. It is on the 2nd floor on the other side of the church campus.

    2.0 CEUs provided - free to members and to attendees not earning CEUs, $20 for nonmembers

    10:00 – 10:30 Refreshments and Conversation
    10:30 – 12:30 Presentation

    Questions? info@clinicalsocialworksociety.org

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