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Psychopharmacology: Best Practices and Navigating Your Relationship with Your Client’s Psychiatrist
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When: April 18, 2015
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter office
50 Broadway
Suite 1001
New York, New York  10004
United States

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NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027 This workshop has been approved. 

Psychopharmacology: Best Practices and Navigating Your Relationship with Your Client’s Psychiatrist


NASW-NYC Chapter office, 50 Broadway 1001, New York, NY 10004.  

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10am-5pm


Having a solid foundation in basic psychopharmacology allows social workers to better understand the treatment approach of the psychiatrist(s) with whom they work. This workshop will expand participant knowledge of the “best practice” prescriptions for the traditional treatment of the most common disorders, will fine-tune their assessment skills in light of the latest cutting-edge research, and will increase their effectiveness in the collaborative relationship with a client’s psychiatrist. Participants will be guided to explore how best to integrate one’s work with the client, the expertise of the psychiatrist, and the guiding policies and procedures of the agency, as well as one’s own theoretical orientation. Special attention will be given to navigating situations in which the practice orientations of the social worker and the psychiatrist are not an easy fit, while still respecting the differences between the knowledge base and the legal obligations of the two professions.


Dr. Ina Becker received a medical degree in 1985 and a Ph.D. in psychiatric epidemiology in 1987, both in Hamburg, Germany. After completing a residency and fellowship in child psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Becker joined the faculty at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1994, working and supervising at Columbia Presbyterian. Between 1993 and 2003, she also worked in a group practice with several prominent psychopharmacologists, which crystallized her specialty in psychopharmacology. A major focus of her private practice involves the development of integrative practice of psychiatry.

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