Get valuable insights into best practices and procedures for treatment Mental health practitioners across the country are increasingly treating students by combining the use of psychotropic medication with psychotherapy. Pharmacological Treatment of College Students with Psychological Problems explores in detail this uncritically accepted exponential expansion of the practice. Leading psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers discuss the crucial questions and problems encountered in this widespread practice, and also present specific and differing models of combined therapy. This book critically examines several of the key issues, practices, and competing perspectives. Professionals working in college mental health are provided with valuable insights into best practices and procedures in split and integrated treatment. Various clinicians beyond the psychiatric field are prescribing psychotropic medications with increasing frequency.
Pharmacological Treatment of College Students with Psychological Problems presents a wide range of viewpoints on this issue, offering evidence, arguments, and recommendations to clearly illustrate the need for increased attention to the use of psychotropic medications and show how psychotherapy may be safer and more beneficial. Chapters include discussions on withdrawing from medication successfully, long term perturbation effects, and differing models of combined therapy in practice. This resource is comprehensively referenced.
Topics in Pharmacological Treatment of College Students with Psychological Problems include: identification of the key issues and practices of combining psychotropic medication with counseling in treatment elements of two separate university counseling centers and how they provide combined treatment emerging research on perturbation effects of use of psychotropic medications best practices in the combined treatment in college settings key unresolved questions that need further research bringing a more sophisticated level in the practice of combined treatment with college students Pharmacological Treatment of College Students with Psychological Problems is a valuable resource for all professionals from seasoned professionals to beginning practicum students.
About the Contributors Foreword (Thomas L. Murray, Jr.) Preface PART I: ISSUES AND CONCERNS Chapter 1. Forces Pushing Prescription Psychotropic Drugs in College Mental Health (Leighton C. Whitaker) Chapter 2. The Escalating Use of Medications by College Students: What Are They Telling Us, What Are We Telling Them (Gerard Fromm) Chapter 3. Matters of Substance: Students' Voices (Gertrude C. Carter) Chapter 4. The Current Status of Prescribing Drugs for College Students: A Nascent Science or a SNAFU (Gerald Amada) Chapter 5. Reality Check: What Science Has to Tell Us about Psychiatric Drugs and Their Long-Term Effects (Robert B. Whitaker) PART II: MODELS OF EVIDENCE-SUPPORTED CURRENT PRACTICES Chapter 6. Combined Psychotherapy/Medication Treatment: The Valpo Model (Stewart E. Cooper) Chapter 7. The Pharmacological Treatment of Depression in College Aged Students: Some Principles and Precautions (Howard C. Blue, Louis C. Sanfilippo, and Christopher M. Young) Chapter 8. Does Adding Medication to Psychotherapy for Depression Improve or Worsen Outcome (Bertram P. Karon) Chapter 9. Helping Individuals Withdraw from Psychiatric Drugs (David Cohen) Chapter 10. The Fall and Rise of Resilience: Prevention and Holistic Treatment of Depression among College Students (Henry C. Emmons) PART III: CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS Chapter 11. The Big Picture and What Can Be Done to Improve It (Leighton C. Whitaker and Stewart E. Cooper) Index Reference Notes Included