Pharmacology for the Non-Prescriber: Level II

Presented and developed by Rodolfo Trivisonno, MD

This six-hour theoretical and practical seminar is directed at mental health and other non-prescribing professionals working in the mental health field interested in learning about psychotropic drugs and mental health conditions amenable to treatment with psychiatric medications

This course is geared towards intermediate level attendees and assumes that the professional has some knowledge of the basics of psychopharmacology or they have completed the level I seminar.  However, the pharmacological groups of medications addressed in the first part of the course have not been in level I and therefore will be explained in detail assuming no knowledge from the audience.

The seminar will focus on drugs that treat mood instability (mood stabilizers), antipsychotic drugs, and on drug combination approaches to the treatment of the above-mentioned psychiatric disorders.  It will also address the pharmacological management of impulsivity (acting out) and suicide through medication strategies.

This presentation will be divided in three two-hour modules.  The first two modules will be theoretical covering the information on the pharmacology of the above-mentioned psychotropic agents.  The last module will focus on applied clinical pharmacological strategies to specific psychiatric disorders and will deal with everyday clinical challenges in complex cases.  The course will provide theoretical evidence-based information on psychopharmacological agents as well as clinical practice-based management strategies that transcend empirical drug studies.

Learning objectives:

  • Recognize the major drugs used in the treatment of major mental illnesses (Bipolar and Psychosis)
  • Be familiar with the principles of these medications pharmacodynamics (effects of drugs on the body) and pharmacokinetics (how the body handles psychotropic drugs)
  • Know the five most important mood stabilizer drugs
  • Distinguish the five most important antipsychotic drug families
  • Know the management of Bipolar Disorder, Psychotic Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive Spectrum Disorders
  • Be cognizant of the pharmacological management of suicide prevention
  • Discriminate complicated clinical cases and understand the pharmacological rationale used to treat them.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Rodolfo Trivisonno, MD

Rodolfo A. Trivisonno, M.D. (known by his patients as "Dr T") received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in 1986.  After completing medical school, Dr. Trivisonno became involved in research in the field of Hyperbaric Medicine,free radicals and aging.

In 1988, Dr Trivisonno began the first of his two psychiatric trainings at the "Psychiatric Emergencies Hospital of Buenos Aires T. de Alvear," (a University of Buenos Aires Medical School affiliate).  This first post-medical school training was psychodynamically and psycho-socially oriented. Dr. Trivisonno held the positions of Residents Instructor and Attending Psychiatrist in the Adolescent Inpatient Unit of the above-mentioned hospital. 

Dr. Trivisonno completed his second psychiatric residency in the United States at the University of Miami/ VAMC /Jackson Memorial/Mount Sinai Psychiatric Program.  This second specialty training was carried out to expand Dr Trivisonno's expertise in the area of biological psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.  This training was completed at a biologically-oriented program with an emphasis on a Bio-Psycho-Social approach to psychiatric treatment.  During those years, Dr Trivisonno gained experienced in the areas of neuropsychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.

In 1997, Dr Trivisonno relocated to Washington State, where he held the position of Bilingual Attending Psychiatrist at Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health, serving minority populations, particularly hispanic.

Over the years, Dr. Trivisonno has participated in multiple teaching activities.  He has taught medical students and residents in Argentina and in the United States.  The most recent of these academic activities took place in the University of Washington MEDEX program and previously in his role of assistant in teaching with the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency (from 1997 to 2005) .

Dr Trivisonno is fluent in both English and Spanish and is certified as a medical interpreter.  Check out his website at:

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