*Psychologists will receive 1 free CE for their attendance during the webinar
July 10, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
Dr. George M. Kapalka &
Dr. Gerardo Rodriguez-Menendez
While prescribing medications to children and adolescents is sometimes necessary and beneficial, prescribers often encounter pediatric patients who have been placed on multiple medications, sometimes in excessive doses. The widespread use of medication as the first choice for a variety of concerns has led to overprescribing. Currently, about one in five youths in the US take psychotropic medications. This trend is particularly evident among specific groups, such as children and teens in the foster care system. Reasons for overutilizing medications are complex but include limited access to care, lack of appropriately trained prescribers, and inappropriate expectations from caretakers as well as treating professionals.
This presentation will explore the dynamics that underlie psychological symptoms in children and adolescents and assumptions which may lead to overprescribing. Whereas this problem is not unique to behavioral health, it is in this area of healthcare that the psychologist – especially the medical/prescribing psychologist – can apply knowledge and skills to provide the best possible care for the patient. Comprehensive mental health that addresses the complex needs of this population will be explored and recommendations will be discussed to improve judicious use of medications when warranted.
George M. Kapalka, PhD, MSCP, ABPP
Dr. George M. Kapalka, a Distinguished Professor in the California School of Professional Psychology and the Program Director of its MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology, is a prescribing and clinical psychologist based in Albuquerque, NM. He is board certified in clinical psychology (ABPP) and psychopharmacology (FICPP) and is a Fellow of APA Divisions 53 (pending) and 55 (since 2011). He has been in practice for over 30 years and primarily treats children and adolescents. His research has focused on the psychological, pharmacological and combined treatments of pediatric disorders, collaborating with primary care (particularly pediatricians), and behavior management training for parents and teachers. He is an author of six books (one of which was translated into ten foreign languages) and dozens of journal articles and other publications.
Gerardo Rodriguez-Menendez, PhD, ABPP, MSCP
Department Chair, MS Clinical Psychopharmacology Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Online Campus
Dr. Rodriguez-Menendez is the Department Chair of the MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Rodriguez’s career spans a broad spectrum of responsibilities in education, administration, research, and consulting. He is a Board Certified Psychologist with the American Board of Professional Psychology, and the President of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Rodriguez also received the 2020 Award Distinguished Research and Scholarship at The Chicago School. He previously held physician privileges with Memorial Regional Hospital and Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital in Hollywood Florida, both Level 1 Neurosurgical Trauma Centers, and is a frequent presenter at conferences across the country with publications in both English and Spanish.
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