Psychopharmacology/Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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Week 3 Application Assignment: Psychopharmacology
Overview Psychopharmacology is the use of drugs or medications to treat mental or behavioral disorders. The use of medication to manage mental health can be controversial with counselors. However, Clinical Mental Health Counselors are in a unique position to spend more time with clients than many other members of the client?s treatment team. As such, recognize the importance of working with medical personnel to best assist our clients. This assignment will count toward your final grade and is worth 75 points. Directions For this assignment, you will select a psychotropic drug commonly used in mental health care. You should select a classification of drugs likely to be prescribed to clients with whom you are interested in working. Within that class of drugs, select a particular medication. You will write a short (2-3 page) paper outlining the use of the medication in the management of mental health as well as common side effects and contraindication. Write about how you will communicate with medical professionals for the initial referral and to aIDress side effects. Finally, discuss your role in educating clients on the use of this particular medication. Be sure to aIDress stigma, dependency (if relevant), and other relevant considerations for this type of drug and client population.
APA formatted citations are required. You are allowed to use information (prescribing guidelines, consumer information, and other data) from the manufacturer?s website with appropriate sourcing.
The assignment is due by 11:59pm CST on Day 7 of the week.
Rubric Assignment 3 This assignment is worth 75 points.
Category Points 25-22 21-20 19-17 16-0 Quality of Information Information clearly Information has Information has nothing to
Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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Information 25 points
clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples
relates to the main topic. It provides 1 ? 2 supporting details and/or examples
little to do with the main topic
do with the main topic
25-22 21-20 19-17 16-0 Organization 25 points Information is well organized. Paragraphs are well constructed. Use of subheadings, and information is factual and correct Information is organized and information is factual and correct The information appears to be disorganized. The information presented is questionable Information is not only disorganized but inaccurate
10-9 8 7 6-0 Reflection 10 points Shows strong evidence of reasoned reflection and depth Shows evidence of reasoned reflection Minimal reasoned reflection Lacks reflection and depth 10-9 8 7 6-0 Mechanics 10 points No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors Almost no grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors Many grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors Numerous grammatical and punctuation errors 5 4 3 2-0
Sources 5 Points
All sources are accurately documented in APA format
All sources are accurately documented, but a few are not in APA format
Some sources are not accurately documented
Numerous sources are not documented accurately and there is not a format used
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