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Psychopharmacology: Unit 3 - Antipsychotics

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Mental Health |  Science
Dr. Sam Liss
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The ETSA Psychopharmacology CE course continues its examination of psychotropic drug classes, now exploring psychosis and its pharmacological treatments. Drug treatments incorporate the psychosis associated with schizophrenic manifestations, as well as those associated with affective manic and major depressive episodes.

As usual, the material presented will incorporate a modicum of psychopathology as a means of introducing the learner to the relevant psychopharmacology. Drug classes will be discussed, as will individual meds. When pertinent, nondrug therapy will be broached. Once again, the PowerPoint presentations - as well as the accompanying audio - will focus upon the most important points/topics; it is hoped that such emphases will encourage further thought and stimulate learners to expand upon material presented. It is also hoped that the presentations will make it easier for learners to make constructive use of supplemental texts on the subjects covered.

It is hoped that all those who avail themselves of this course continue to be assisted in their clinical studies and in their practices by the material presented herein and the topics discussed.


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Union Institute & University

Sam Liss, (M.A.) is in his 12th year instructing psychopharmacology and neurophysiology for the Psy. D. and Masters/Certificate curricula at Union Institute and University. He previously served as faculty at Vermont Technical College (VTC) from 2000 – 2019 in their undergraduate nursing program. Sam has taught general pharmacology, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, nursing math, and other science courses for VTC. Prior to teaching, he was a hospital and community practicing pharmacist. 

Sam has twice served as Chairperson of the VT Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) and as chair of the Advocacy, Outreach and Education (AOE) committee of the Vermont State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) - both gubernatorial appointments. He was VP of the Board of Directors of Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL) from 2001 through 2020. He was also appointed to the Green Mountain Care Board General Advisory Committee (advising the GMCB on health care reform). More recently, Sam was appointed by former Governor Shumlin to serve on the Governor's Committee on Employment for Persons with Disabilities (GCEPD). Sam has been an advocate for people with disabilities for many years - specializing in eliminating inherent disincentives to employment. He is involved in the health care reform initiatives in Vermont, having served on a number of committees and workgroups.