‘Drugs’ is a word used to refer to medicines that can cure or arrest disease, alleviate symptoms, ease pain or provide other benefits. People consume drugs for a variety of reasons, and they affect people in many ways.
Understanding the influence of drugs on the nervous system is advantageous for various job roles, including in counselling, psychology, psychotherapy, social work, nursing, caring roles and other health professions.
Introduction to Psychopharmacology is a professional development program that will enhance your understanding of different types of drugs and how they affect human behaviour.
In this Psychopharmacology course, you will gain insights into the scope and nature of drugs, understand the effects of drugs on individuals and society, and learn about treatment and preventative education.
You will also explore a range of drugs, including legal and legally restricted drugs, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs.
On completion of this course, you will have a sound understanding of the short and long-term effects of various drugs and be equipped with the tools to help people overcome dependency.
Unit - Psychopharmacology - Drugs and Psychology
Unit 1 – Introduction
Scope and nature of drugs; legal and illegal
How heroin is used
Medical consequences of chronic heroin abuse
Names used for heroin
Unit 2 – Effects of Drugs on the Individual and Society
Why people use drugs
Addiction; how drugs work in the brain
Central nervous system
Physiological and psychological effects of drugs
Psychological effects of drugs
Unit 3 – Legally Restricted Drugs: Stimulants and Narcotics
Symptoms of abuse
How cocaine is abused
How does cocaine effect the brain
What adverse effects does cocaine have on health
Added danger, coca ethylene
Scope of cocaine abuse
Forms and dangers
Unit 4 – Legally Restricted Drugs: Hallucinogens and Marijuana
Effects of hallucinogens
Symptoms of abuse
Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder
Effects of marijuana on the brain
Symptoms of abuse, forms of marijuana and dangers
Symptoms of abuse, forms of PCP and dangers
Unit 5 – Legally Restricted Drugs: Steroids
Symptoms of abuse, forms of steroids and dangers
Unit 6 – Legal Drugs: Alcohol
Symptoms of abuse and dangers with alcohol
Staying in control with alcohol
Alcohol amnestic syndrome (Korsakoff’s syndrome)
Treating Korsakoff’s syndrome)
Alcohol and the developing brain
Unit 7 – Legal Drugs: Tobacco, Caffeine and Solvents
Effects of nicotine on the circulatory system
Solvents (volatile solvent abuse): symptoms and dangers
Unit 8 – Prescription and Over-The-Counter Drugs
Prescription drugs (Over the counter or OTC)
Groups of prescription drugs
Misuse of OTC drugs
Treatments for opioid addiction
Stimulant abuse and treatment for stimulant addiction
Unit 9 – Sedatives and Anti-Anxiety Drugs
Unit 10 – Prescription Drugs for Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders
Onset of schizophrenia
Symptoms of schizophrenia
Treatment for schizophrenia
Anti psychotic drugs
Patient support system
Type of depression
Causes of depression
Unit 11 – Treatment and Preventative Education
Drug addiction behavioural and psychosocial treatments for drug addiction
Treatments for heroin addiction
Behavioural therapies for heroin addiction
Estimated duration 50 hours
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