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Medications for Mental Illness: What Therapists Need to Know

  • 06/14/2024
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Farmers Table 1901 N Military Trl, Boca Raton, FL 33431



Medications for Mental Illness: What Therapists Need to Know

Jessica Turner, M.D.

As a therapist, you may be wondering how medication can fit into your treatment plan with your clients. Medication is often an effective treatment for mental illness, especially when used in combination with therapy.

There are many types of medications that are commonly used to treat mental illness, and the best medication for a particular client will depend on their individual needs. To help clients manage their expectations, it is important to understand when medication might be appropriate, and how medication will be utilized in their everyday life. This presentation will provide a primer for therapists to understand what is relevant for your everyday practice. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the benefits of medication in combination with therapy.
  2. Identify the different types of medications that are commonly used to treat mental illness.
  3. Discuss the risks of medication, such as side effects and drug interactions.
  4. Describe which patients may benefit from genetic testing or blood work.
  5. Discuss the importance of managing the patient's expectations about medication.

2.0 General CEU Hours

Jessica Turner, M.D. is a concierge psychiatrist with experience treating anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions in adults. She completed her undergraduate studies in neuroscience at Trinity University, where she conducted eating disorder prevention research. She then went on to earn her master's degree from the University of North Texas and her medical degree from Texas Tech University. Dr. Turner completed her psychiatry residency training at Brown University, where she served as an educator and teacher to medical students. 

Dr. Turner currently provides concierge mental health care for patients seeking to improve their mental health and well-being. She takes a collaborative approach to medication management, working with counselors and therapists to ensure that medications are both thoughtful and appropriate for each patient’s individual needs.

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