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Psychiatric Medications for Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Pearls of Wisdom for Psychologists

  • 23 Jun 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Webinar Zoom

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SBCPA Morning Salon

June 23, 2021

8:00am – 9:30am



Psychiatric Medications for Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Pearls of Wisdom for Psychologists

with Josephine McNary, MD


Dr. Josephine McNary is a board-certified general psychiatrist, working with a variety of patients in her outpatient practice. She has specialty training in mood disorders, women’s reproductive mental health and psycho-oncology. She is the founder of CalPsychiatry, a group psychiatry practice with nine locations throughout California, including Santa Barbara. She is currently attending staff at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, where she provides both inpatient psychiatry and consultation services. She is also the host of MindStories, a podcast that explores different modalities of mental health treatment.

Course Outline



7:45- 8:00am- Greet, sign in, and socialize

8:00- 8:05am- Introduction of speaker and opening remarks

8:05-8:20am- Medication Management of Depressive Disorders

8:20-8:35am- Medication Management of Bipolar Disorders

8:35-8:50am- Medication Management of Anxiety Disorders

8:50-9:00am- Non-Pharmacological and Alternative Treatments

9:00-9:15am- Miscellaneous Topics

  • Alcohol Use & Psychiatric Medication
  • Psychiatric Medication & Treatment of Personality Disorders
  • Effective Collaboration between Psychiatrists and Psychologists

9:15-9:30am- Q&A/evaluations

Note: A clinical vignette model will be used to guide discussion of each content area.


As psychologists, we often encounter question whether our clients might benefit from medication intervention in conjunction with the psychotherapy we provide. Many clients are already relying on psychiatric medication when they present for treatment. This Salon presentation offers a review and update of the current practice standards for medication management of mood and anxiety disorders. Topics will include indications for referral to a prescriber, review and discussion of the relative efficacy of medications available for management of mood and anxiety disorders, and discussion of common side effects associated with medication management of mood and anxiety disorders. A case vignette model will be used to bridge didactic content with clinical considerations.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

1)     Describe when psychiatric medications are indicated in treatment of mood/anxiety disorders

2)     Compare efficacy and side effects of medications used to treat mood and anxiety disorders

3)     Analyze treatment algorithms through presentation of clinical case vignettes.


American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).

Bandelow, B. (2017). Treatment of anxiety disorders. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 19(2): 93-107. doi: 10.31887/DCNS.2017.19.2/bbandelow

Duval, F. (2006). Treatments in depression. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 8(2): 191-206. doi: 10.31887/DCNS.2006.8.2/fduval

Stahl, S.M. (2017). Prescriber’s Guide: Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology. 6th Ed. Cambridge University Press.


Continuing Education:

CPA is co-sponsoring with Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA). The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.


Important Notice:

Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive (1.5) continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Please Note: This salon will be held via Zoom.



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