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What’s New In Psychopharmacology with Caroline Williams, Ph.D.

Meds: Myths and Realities: NP0035 – Session 1

With this webcast session we ask ourselves is medication the best path for our client and how do we utilize medications in a way that’s most beneficial. What factors determine which medications are prescribed? Are other therapy options better for your client? Join Caroline Williams as we delve into these issues and questions and discuss what’s new in the world of psychopharmacology.

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email

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12 Responses to What’s New In Psychopharmacology with Caroline Williams, Ph.D.

  1. eaddlema says:

    I can’t seem to locate the CE quiz for this webinar. I have paid for the webinar series with CEs already. Thank you.

  2. kathy hegberg says:

    Caroline is clear and easy to learn from. It would be helpful if Rich could limit his comment, and ask specific questions, one at a time. Thanks.

  3. SConsult says:

    thank you for discussion. I note the complete exclusion of benzodiazepenes which is probably unusual for most prescribers. But understandable. It would have been helpful to have references to decision tress and references for her information. More didactic would be nice.

    • Thank you for your comments. You are correct, complete exclusion of benzodiazapines is unusual for most providers. However, I have been very successful using other medications in treating anxiety, even for acute short term panic attacks, and have not “missed” benzos. I have posted a general bibliography for my comments on my website. Feel free to review it. I also provide a 7 hour didactic review of psychiatric medications which is available for download and CEU credit through PESI. You can access the bibliography and more information about the didactic training at

  4. shumates says:

    Not sure that my post went through the first time, so I’ll repeat it here. This webcast was disorganized and off-the-cuff. I didn’t pay to watch the Tonight Show here. When Dr. William’s must ask, “Is there a question here?” you know things have gone awry.

    The interviewer’s questions were superficial, convoluted and annoyingly verbose. Is it too much to ask that you negotiate a list of specific questions with your expert in advance and stick to them in the interview?

    While I enjoy your magazine, this will probably be my last webinar. Very disappointing.

  5. SondraDiane says:

    Excellent session–Well-spoken. Loved the clarity and liked the dialog format. Good team that fostered focus.

  6. suetiggers says:

    very interesting..thank you much

  7. Joy Clarke says:

    Very satisfying. I wished there was more about which meds she chooses in which cases, eg among anti-depressants, when would Welbutrin be indicated over Efexor.
    I liked the openness to many questions not having answers, and her detailed care and planning for her patients.
    As a therapist I find it very useful to understand what the doctor is prescribing because that helps either support or shift my view of what the clients is struggling with.The doctors helping my clients also appreciate my being speicific with which meds I think the client/patient needs So more bredth, more examples and as above, how to access a Decision Tree.

    • Joy, thanks for your comments. I agree, a discussion of how providers choose one medication instead of another is interesting and helpful, but beyond the scope of a 1 hour interview. Since psychiatry is not an exact science, depending on the prescriber, there can be a variety of reasons that someone picks a particular medication. In a previous post I mentioned that I provide a 7-hour review of psychiatric medications (for CE credit), where I address this question more directly. You can access this review at the following link:

  8. Jenny50 says:

    I agree with you on this webinar but I’ve seen many of Rich’s interviews in the past and they are usually quite good. Don’t let this one keep you from watching other webinars.

  9. mgibson says:

    Sorry, but I have to say I did not find this presentation particularly helpful. Most of us are NOT prescribers ourselves–for most of us the need in the psychopharmacology area is a basic knowledge of the types of medications available, some ideas of how they work, and how we can work with patients who are on medications. For most of us, certainly for me, my need is to coordinate treatment with a prescribing psychiatrist or physician. I found this too general, too off-the-cuff, and greatly lacking in specific information that I need in my practice.
    It was quite interesting to hear the perspective of a therapist who does have prescription capabilities, and I appreciate the work that Carolyn does, and her discussion was clear but gave me HER perspective as a prescriber. What I need is perspective on how to work intelligently with another prescriber.
    She mentioned prescription guides from the American Psychiatric Association, and Rich commented that we need a matrix. But we did not get information on accessing precription guides, and we did not–at least from my perspective–get a matrix that I can use. I found this presentation quite disappointing in terms of meeting my needs as a psychotherapist, not a prescriber. I find myself expecting resources and information that I did not get.
    Merrilee Nolan Gibson, Psy.D., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

    • Merilee, thanks for your comments. In working with another prescriber, I would encourage you to be as specific and detailed as possible about your concerns and observations with a patient. Often it is difficult for busy therapists and prescribers to coordinate a phone call, so I find that communicating on paper (fax, etc. . ) is useful. It also provides a paper trail and documents your coordination of care. When you mention a matrix, what type of matrix are you looking for? A matrix or decision tree for prescribing medications, a matrix for deciding when to refer for medication, or something else? Perhaps I can steer you in the direction of some resources for this purpose. You may find some additional resources and specifics in a bibliography I have posted to answer some of these questions.

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