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Helping Your Patients to Reduce Psychotropic Medications: Whether, When & How

Dec 06, 2013 09:00am -
Dec 06, 2013 01:00pm

Event Description

Helping Your Patients to Reduce Psychotropic Medications:

Whether, When & How


Friday, December 6, 2013 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Hathaway Creative Center, 10 Water Street, Waterville, Maine

Jeff Matranga, Ph.D., ABPP, instructor

The pendulum has swung between extremes in terms of the perceived value or effectiveness of psychotropic medications, with the truth perhaps being somewhere in the middle.  The general public and patients are now recognizing that psychotropic medications have limits to how much they can be helpful.  Meanwhile, evidence-based treatments can be utilized to help an individual reduce psychotropic medications.  And, there has been some research providing guidance for how to taper in ways that reduce the chance of relapse (e.g., see Otto et al.).    Participants will learn about situations that may be appropriate for tapering, what behavioral treatments may enable reduction of medications, and how to collaborate with prescribers to help patients taper or reduce medications while minimizing the risk of relapse.

1)     Participants will be able to:

a)     Summarize how to collaborate with the legal prescriber.

b)    Summarize when and how a taper might proceed in at least 2 of these situations:

i)      Anxiety.

ii)     Depression.

iii)    Insomnia.

2)     We will also cover other material including: 

a)     Summary of relative efficacy of medications versus therapy versus a combination for various disorders. 

b)    Overview of what empirically-based practice and empirically-supported treatments are, including dispelling of misunderstandings. 

c)     Very brief overview of pharmacological principles relevant to tapering situations such as half-life and drug-drug interactions that may change when a drug is reduced.

Program Code: RPM4 
4 CE Credits
Location: at Hathaway Creative Center, Maine

Fee: $70

Jeff Matranga, Ph.D., ABPP, M.S. in Clinical Psychopharmacology, is a psychologist and director of a group psychology practice, Health Psych Maine, in Waterville, Maine.  He specializes in and is board certified in health psychology (interaction of behavior and health), with 25 years of experience working collaboratively in medical settings. Dr. Matranga also specializes in CBT and completed a Master’s degree (450 classroom hours) in clinical psychopharmacology. He is currently president of the Maine Psychological Association (2012 and 2013) and previously served on the Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists.  He teaches part-time at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program. He is a chronic beginner with both yoga and mindfulness practice and has been running slowly but consistently since 1973.

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Health Psychology & Medicine
Early registration ends on Oct 21, 2013.
Regular registration starts on Oct 22, 2013 and ends on Nov 25, 2013.
Late registration starts on Nov 26, 2013.



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