Practical Clinical Psychopharmacology: From A to Z (Adderall to Caffeine to Zoloft) PSYCH 1100

Course Description

Get a comprehensive overview of the pharmacological properties and behavioral effects of all classes of psychiatric medications and other psychotropic drugs. Review the pharmacologic and behavioral aspects of medications used in the treatment of depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and other psychiatric conditions. You also review the categories of drugs having potential for abuse, such as stimulants, depressants, analgesics, marijuana, psychedelics and dissociative anesthetics. Gain a comprehensive understanding of these drugs’ history, pharmacology and behavioral effects.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the classes of psychiatric medications used to treat mood disorders and psychosis
  2. Describe the uses of sedative-hypnotic, stimulant and opioid medications
  3. Summarize new directions of research in medication development in human psychopharmacology
  4. Describe classes of drugs having abuse potential
  5. Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the history, pharmacology and behavioral effects of drugs

Accrediting Associations

American Psychological Association (APA) 7.0 hours
California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) 7.0 hours
California California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) 7.0 hours


Departmental contact: | (510) 643-3883

Applies Toward the Following Certificate(s) and Program(s)


No sections of this course are available for registration.