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Goals & Objectives

  1. Understand that other interventions should be considered along with psychotropic medications.
  2. Understand the need for a complete psychiatric evaluation (including physical examination) before making a decision about psychotropic medications and treatments.
  3. Understand the responsibility of the medical consenter to decide whether or not to give informed consent for each psychotropic medication prescribed for a child.
  4. Understand how psychotropic medications are used.
  5. Understand how to monitor a child for possible side effects or to see if the psychotropic medication is working.
  6. Know what to do if you have concerns about the psychotropic medications prescribed to children in your care.
  7. Know about the Psychotropic Medication Utilization Parameters for Children in Foster Care.
  8. Be aware of how various classes of psychotropic medications work, their side effects, and examples of medications in each class.