Psychotropic Medications and Children in Foster Care

A large percentage of children in the foster care system have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, and child welfare practitioners are part of the treatment team in addressing the well-being needs of children and youth in this area. This half-day workshop examines the role, authorization and use of psychotropic medications for children and youth in foster care.

After attending this training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of medication in comprehensive treatment
  • Understand the principles of the use of psychotropic medication in children and adolescents
  • Identify health conditions and symptoms that psychotropic medications treat
  • Understand how medication management decisions are made
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the commonly prescribed classes of medicine
  • Consider the special circumstances and the authorization process of prescribing foster children and youth

Monitoring the medication management of children in foster care is becoming an increased concern on a national level.  This course will better equip practitioners to advocate on behalf of the children they serve in ensuring they are receiving sound mental health treatment.

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