Psychiatric Drugs Awareness
for Counsellors, Mental Health Workers and
(Upgraded from our previous Certificate in
Psychiatric Drugs Awareness course with new text and updated
2017 - This course has been revised and
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
Course approved by ACCPH (see
link in left-hand column).
recommended period of study: approx.
months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
Method of study:
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
the set textbook. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
Course description and
course explains what types of psychiatric drugs
may be prescribed for different mental health
disorders, the risks versus benefits of the
medication, and how patients cope with different
drug regimes. Brief up-to-date details are given
of each disorder so this unit also acts as a
guide to the field of mental illness.
Sections on "user issues" are included to brief
people about possible side effects and other
concerns. There is also background
information about the pharmaceutical industry,
how it researches and markets its drugs, the
science behind drug research, and the
debate about responsible versus haphazard
prescribing and the use of psychoactive drugs on
children. Anyone concerned about or needing to
be informed about the use of prescribed drugs
for mental health issues, and needing more
information, will benefit from this course.
descriptions of how drugs work
Brief introductions to various mental health
following conditions are managed:
Psychoses (including schizophrenia)
Children's mental health problems
Dementia and cognitive impairment
additional material on:
Dependent and withdrawal
Side-effects (with questionnaires)
Legal issues (consent, liability)
Abuse of psychiatric drugs
Marketing of psychiatric drugs
Ethics and the drug industry
Problems with drug research
Criteria: Open entry.
This course will be of interest
to counsellors, hypnotherapists, psychotherapists,
complementary practitioners, volunteers and
others who come into contact with people taking
psychiatric drugs, as well as all
those who care for mental health patients and
for people who have been prescribed medication
for mental health conditions. Those who
study this course will be better able to
understand the applications and risks of
psychiatric drugs and to discuss their use with
other people involved including doctors. If you
are a therapy tutor/trainer, this course will
give you the knowledge to incorporate a module
on psychiatric drugs in your syllabus.
course will also benefit students who are hoping
to apply to university to study nursing,
medicine, pharmacy, clinical psychology, social work, etc.
since you will be able to talk about your
knowledge at interview.
The course is
offered for educational and professional
development purposes only. Only medical doctors
and other qualified professionals (e.g. nurse
practitioners) can diagnose, prescribe drugs or
advise patients about their medication.
Patients, carers and counsellors/therapists
studying this course will be better informed to
discuss psychoactive medication, to understand
what the patient is taking, its possible effects
and the implications for therapy, and to help
patients have the confidence to consult
their doctors if it is believed
further medical advice is needed concerning
their diagnosis, the drugs they are taking or if
there might be a drug that could help their
condition. Nobody should stop taking prescribed
drugs without a doctor's advice and help.
Abruptly stopping or reducing dosage of a
prescribed drug can be dangerous.
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma
in Psychiatric Drugs Awareness.
The college is accredited by the International Association for
The course is approved by ACCPH (see
societies page for explanation).
Please see our FAQs page for general information.
We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
To apply for this course
now, go to our Application page