Psychopharmacology Part One



This CE workshop is designed to give attendees an overview of the complexities of the human brain and nervous system in regards to the various chemicals associated with moods and various psychological disorders, as well as the mechanisms whereby various medications and therapeutic applications operate in and on the brain to help ameliorate these conditions. In addition, how various substances and activities impact and are impacted by the brain’s neurochemistry is introduced. In this way, participants can expect to better understand the various challenges their clients face and match these untoward conditions with the appropriate therapeutic strategies that will positively impact the neurochemistry of the brain of the sufferer.


  • Differentiate psychopharmacology and neurochemistry.
  • Explain the brain topography and the relationship to various psychological disorders.  
  • Identify the effects certain drugs of abuse have on various brain chemicals and centers, thereby affecting behaviors and mood.
  • Describe the basics of various adjunctive chemical approaches (both traditional and alternative/holistic) to augment talk therapy modes/techniques used to deal with the various disorders, with an emphasis on co-occurring disorders.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 1010
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
  • Video Recording
    • Lecture.1
      Psychopharmacology Part One Video Recording
  • Course Evaluation
    • Lecture.1
      Psychopharmacology Part One Course Evaluation
  • Quiz
    • Quiz.1
      Psychopharmacology Part One 15 questions

Stephen Mathis is a licensed psychologist and an internationally certified addictions counselor who has been working with adolescents, young and middle adults, and families/couples since 1983. He is one of the few clinicians who works on weekends and makes house calls. In addition to providing a variety of assessments (i.e., psychoeducational, forensic, cognitive, emotional, neurological, personological), individual psychotherapy (both “regularly scheduled” and intensive outpatient), and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several colleges and training institutes, conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, supervises other therapists, consults with various professionals and organizations, has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy (M.A.TH.I.S.), and is in the process of writing a book on addictions based on his development trauma model. True to the advice given to the patients he serves, Dr. Mathis adheres to a healthy lifestyle, an illicit substance-free existence, and a holistic dietary regimen, making the majority of his meals from scratch himself without using refined or artificial ingredients or simple carbohydrates. In his free time, Dr. Mathis is an avid collector of classic stringed instruments and amplifiers, as well as a being a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, arranger, and producer.