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Online Training – Psychopharmacology in Plain English: Essential Information and Ethical Considerations AND Helping Your High Sensation-Seeking Clients

June 8 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Morning Training 8:45am-12:00pm (EDT) | Afternoon Training 1pm-4:00 $179 Both Classes; $99 Morning Only; $99 Afternoon Only,
3 Ethics CEUs and/or 3 Category 1 CEUs
Presenter: Ken Carter, Ph.D. Zoom.us, MD + Google Map

Psychopharmacology in Plain English — Morning Class

Dr. Kenneth Carter, a board certified clinical psychologist with a Master’s degree in clinical psychopharmacology, shares his clinical experience and training to provide detailed information about the range of common medications prescribed for mental health conditions. You will get the latest information on antidepressants, anxiolytics, and common medications for ADHD as well as bonus information on herbals. Through lecture, the examination of multi-disciplinary ethics codes and real case examples, you will take a close look at the ethical decisions that accompany medication use and the non-prescribers role and limits with regards to medication discussions with your patients.

Dr. Carter answers questions from providers in the field and walks through examples of practical clinical discussions that come up every day in practice, including how to discuss scope of practice with your patients in order to optimize their care when working with multiple providers. The goal is for you to leave better prepared to communicate with your clients as well as the prescribers, as Dr. Carter instructs you on how the medications work, their benefits, and the side effects and dangerous reactions associated with them.

Helping Your High Sensation-Seeking Clients — Afternoon Class

Is it ADHD, PTSD, antisocial personality disorder, bipolar disorder, or just a high sensation seeking (HSS) personality that is creating challenges for your client? This training will equip you with knowledge and application strategies that you can use immediately in your practice.

Sensation seeking is a trait we all have in varying levels. It includes the search for complex and new experiences. People with HSS personalities crave exotic and intense experiences, even when physical or social risks are involved. There are four types of sensation seeking: thrill-seeking, disinhibition, boredom susceptibility, and experience-seeking. Drug addictions, gambling, dangerous driving, and relationship dissatisfaction have all been linked to overly high sensation seeking tendencies (high scores in all four domains). In addition, HSS can interact with mental health conditions and impact mood, finances, and relationships. For many with HSS personalities, being unable to participate in the desired HSS activities can create symptoms of depression.

Individuals who have limited financial resources may turn to inexpensive but unhealthy forms of HSS activities such as drug use, sexual promiscuity, stealing, fast driving, etc. Other HSS personalities may find it difficult to be empathetic in a relationship with someone who is uncomfortable or distressed by their behavior (“chill-seeker”); the HSS individual simply does not understand why their partner or family member is frightened by their behavior.

You will be introduced to assessment tools to identify HSS traits in your clients and discuss the related psychology and neuroscience. Direction will be provided on empowering and nonjudgmental ways to discuss high sensation seeking with your client. Techniques for grounding, healthy activities and ways to help HSS personalities improve empathy for those in their lives will be presented.

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Texas. The Institute also maintains full responsibility for all programming.
The Institute maintains full responsibility for all programming. In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.

Learning Objectives - Psychopharmacology in Plain English

  • Discuss the ethics and proper role of mental health professionals who treat clients receiving both psychotherapeutic medications and psychotherapy.
  • Explore specific ethical issues and resolutions related to communicating with clients and prescribing professionals about psychotropic medications.
  • Explain the neurotransmitter systems and neuroanatomy underlying the biological basis for mental disorders and pharmacotherapy.
  • Identify the major classes of drugs used to treat mental disorders and which mental disorders are appropriately treated with each class of drugs.
  • Describe adverse effects and drug reactions of the commonly prescribed psychotropic medications and when to alert the prescriber about them.
  • Analyze the role that half-life plays in the efficacy of medications prescribed for clients and how it may affect behavioral interventions

Agenda - Psychopharmacology in Plain English

8:45 am – 9:45 am

  • Psychopharmacology Ethics 1

9:45 am – 9:53 am     BREAK

9:53 am – 10:53 am

  • Psychopharmacology Ethics 1 (cont.)
  • Medications for Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Herbals

10:53 am – 11:00 am     BREAK

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Medications for Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Herbals (cont.)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.      LUNCH


Learning Objectives - Helping Your High Sensation-Seeking Clients

  • Articulate the biological and environmental contributions to high sensation-seeking.
  • Describe the components of the high sensation seeking personality.
  • Articulate ways to discuss problematic sensation-seeking behaviors with clients.
  • Explain how to use an assessment tool to identify high sensation seeking traits.

Agenda - Helping Your High Sensation-Seeking Clients


  • Introduction: What is sensation seeking


  • Neurobiology of sensation seeking


  • High sensation seeking vs other conditions

2:15—2:23           BREAK


  • Identifying problematic sensation seeking


  • Potential problem areas of high sensation seeking clients

3:16—3:24              BREAK


  • Intervention strategies with high sensation seeking clients


  • Sensation seeking: Super power or super problem
  • Wrap up
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"Dr. Carter took a topic that is filled with complexity and broke it into bite size pieces. I left the workshop feeling more knowledgeable and less confused. Most appreciative of all the additional resources." ~Michelle Market, LPC

"Dr. Carter provided an excellent knowledge filled training on information relevant to every therapist." ~Shannon Maple,

"Kenneth Carter was an organized, knowledgeable and interesting presenter with clear expertise in psychopharmacology and a great sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed this 3-hour training towards my annual ethics CEU requirement. Thank you!" ~Kelli Robertson, LCSW

"His [Dr. Carter] in-depth knowledge of a very complex subject matter and ability to communicate same in simple constructs and language. He has a light touch; it's appreciated." ~Barbara Frey, LCSW

"Kenneth Carter, PhD took the complicated topic of Psychopharmacology and packaged it in a dose my brain could comprehend." ~Ivy Tillman, LCSW

"Dr. Carter explained concepts in clear language, without dumbing it down. He also seemed genuinely interested in what he was teaching, making it easier for me to stay engaged!" ~Sara Crowers, LSW

"Dr. Carter did an excellent job presenting a potentially dry topic in a way that was timely, informative, and engaging. I was left with far more strategies for incorporating this material into my patient care than when I completed a clinical psychopharmacology course in graduate school." ~Mary W.W., LCPC

"This was a great workshop and the best I've attended about psychopharmacology. It was informative, engaging and immediately useful. Thanks for offering us another great learning opportunity, Lisa!" ~Margaret L.G., LCSW

"Very dynamic speaker for ethics, nice to hear new info about medication in a way I could understand (not overly medical focused) and the ethical concerns and questions from patients." ~Lisa F., LCSW-C

"I really enjoyed the workshop. The speaker was engaging and dynamic. He presented the information in an interesting and easy to understand manner." ~Erin D., LCPC