Child and Adolescent
Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Simple
Fourth Edition- 2021

John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP,
John O’Neal. M.D., Mary Talaga, Ph.D., and Bret A. Moore PsyD ABPP

This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education


Clinical Psychopharmacology can be confusing and overwhelming, especially when it comes to children and adolescents. More and more psychotropics have the black box warnings. Yet psychotherapists more and more need to understand the meds that are available for their patients, the side effects, when to reevaluate current meds, etc. How can the clinician speak intelligently to parents and physicians regarding medications for their child clients? We have to be able to talk quickly and intelligently to medical doctors about appropriate medications.

This short and easy-to-understand book offers all the information you need about the use of psychoactive medications in the treatment of childhood and adolescent psychological disorders.
The book is organized by disorders most commonly encountered in young people, like ADD, depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety, learning disorders, and psychotic disorders like schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. Each chapter includes diagnosis criteria for each problem, treatment indications and contraindications, and notes for monitoring, evaluation, and follow-up care. The book identifies popular classes of drugs by brand and generic names, and provides fact sheets that therapists can offer parents or parents can show to doctors who may need more information to make sound treatment decisions.
Whether you're a parent or a mental health care professional, you can trust this guide to psychopharmacology for children and adolescents to help you make wise and informed treatment decisions.
Each chapter offers the most up-to-date information on the most often-prescribed medications-including diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up. Convenient fact sheets for many common medications make it easy for professionals to educate parents and for parents to communicate more effectively with doctors.
Provides immediate access to information on the latest treatments for children struggling with:
- Depression and bipolar disorders
- Anxiety and related conditions
- Autism spectrum disorders
- And many other common problems

Learning Objectives for this 6 CE course. Clinicians will:

  1. Develop refined skills related to diagnosing psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents
  2. Know which disorders and target symptoms are considered to be medication responsive
  3. Improve abilities to collaborate with psychiatrists and primary care pediatricians, and effectively discuss medication issues with parents
  4. Evaluate the limitations and outcomes of pharmacological treatments.
  5. Understand how to address parental concerns regarding medication treatment for their children
  6. Be alerted to the ‘red flag’ issues in psychotropic medications

This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education

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APA - is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners (#6246)
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  • Register for the course (order on-line or call toll-free 888-777-3773), after which you will receive the course material and the post-test.

  • The course consists of reading Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Simple which is included as a PDF
  • Pass the post-test

  • Upon passing the test, print out your own certificate of completion!



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John D. Preston, PsyD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and author or coauthor of twenty books. He is professor emeritus of psychology at Alliant International University, and has also served on the faculty of the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. He is the recipient of the Mental Health Association’s President’s Award for contributions to the mental health professions, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Bret A. Moore, PsyD, ABPP, is a prescribing psychologist and board-certified clinical psychologist in San Antonio, Texas. He is vice chair of Boulder Crest Institute in Bluemont, VA, and founder of Military Psychology Consulting. Moore is on the faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Mexico State University, Alliant International University, Adler University and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and teaches graduate courses in psychopharmacology, clinical medicine, and military psychology. Moore has authored and edited twenty books and dozens of book chapters and more than fifty peer-reviewed and professional articles.

John H. O’Neal, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist who has been in private practice since 1977. He is past chief of the department of psychiatry at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. He is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the UC Davis School of Medicine, and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He lectures on depression and psychopharmacology to mental health professionals, employee assistance programs, and the public. O’Neal received his master’s degree in clinical psychology from Harvard University, and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Washington.

Mary C. Talaga, RPh, PhD, has been a pharmacist for thirty-nine years, with specialization in psychiatric pharmacy and pharmacy administration. She has extensive experience in health care, and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings. Over her career, she has contributed to the development of best practice guidelines, and has promoted collaborative care models. She has provided training and mentoring to health care professionals, and education to patients and consumers.

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