Curriculum for Level 1 Training in Psychopharmacology

In presenting this Curriculum for Level 1 Training in Psychopharmacology, the BEA Working Group would like to emphasize that it is a curriculum for a basic course in psychopharmacology education with clinical populations. It builds upon courses outlined in current APA guidelines for accreditation including, but not limited to, the biological bases of behavior.

The curriculum is in a modular format so that it is adaptable readily to a variety of learning settings in which psychologists in training or professional psychologists may find themselves, which include doctoral programs, predoctoral internships, postdoctoral residencies or integrated series of continuing education workshops. The nine modules are as follows:

1. Biological Bases of Psychopharmacological Treatment — 1 module

2-3. Principles of Psychopharmacological Treatment — 2 modules

4. General Introduction to Clinical Psychopharmacology — 1 module

5. Introduction to Psychopharmacological Treatment of Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders —1 module

6. Introduction to Psychopharmacological Treatment of Psychotic Disorders — 1 module

7. Introduction to Psychopharmacological Treatment of Mood Disorders — 1 module

8. Introduction to Psychopharmacological Treatment of Anxiety Disorders — 1 module

9. Introduction to Psychopharmacological Treatment of Developmental Disorders — 1 module