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Psychiatric drugs and mental health made simple: everything therapists need to know to feel confident with prescriptions and medications

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Rachel Freeth
11 Hours 44 Minutes
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Apr 08, 2021
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Become the therapist who understands psychiatric drugs and prescriptions, 
and can offer the right guidance and support for clients.

The rates of prescribing psychiatric drugs have been steadily increasing over recent decades, and it now seems to be the default helping response to mental and emotional distress and disturbance in healthcare settings.  As a consequence, it is increasingly common for counsellors and psychotherapists to see clients who are taking a psychiatric drug, or if not, perhaps sometimes even wonder whether they should.   

What, then, should counsellors and psychotherapists know about psychiatric drugs and how might they use their knowledge in clinical practice? 

This course is delivered by someone who is both an experienced psychiatrist and practising counsellor who has thought deeply about the relevance of knowledge about psychiatric drugs to therapeutic practice – what is important to know, reflect on and to question. It aims to unravel some of the complexity and highlights key debates.  

This is your chance to feel more confident and competent in having conversations with their clients about psychiatric drugs, as well as liaising, when needed, with healthcare professionals. 



This online program is worth 12 hours CPD.



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Rachel Freeth has worked as a general adult psychiatrist in the NHS for almost 25 years and also trained as a person-centred counsellor in the late 1990s. For many years she has been drawing on her two professional backgrounds to deliver training on psychiatry and mental health and has written many articles and chapters on a variety of subjects on mental health and counselling. 


  1. To gain a conceptual and theoretical overview of the medical model framework in which the prescribing of drugs is commonly viewed as a necessary treatment for mental illness 

  2. To understand the complex debates around drug prescribing and why it has become so dominant within Western culture 

  3. To understand the link between psychiatric diagnosis and drug prescribing 

  4. To gain an overview of how drugs work in the brain  

  5. To understand the main categories of psychiatric drugs: antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, mood stabilisers and hypnotics.  

  6. To understand which drugs are prescribed for anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, psychosis, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD and personality disorders. 

  7. Learn the adverse effects (harms) of psychiatric drugs and issues related to coming off, such as withdrawal symptoms. 

  8. Understand the potential physiological effects of psychiatric drugs and their impact on the therapeutic process 

  9. Understand the relationship between psychiatric drugs and counselling and psychotherapy – issues of complementarity and conflict 

  10. Learn how to have conversations with clients about psychiatric drugs 

  11. To enable participants to reflect on their own views, assumptions and biases regarding psychiatric drugs and what has informed these. 

Target Audience

  • Psychotherapists
  • Counsellors
  • IAPT practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • GPs
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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