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Saturday Workshop Series: Current Issues in Psychopharmacology, Padma Catell, PhD

  • Sat, June 06, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


  • Discounted price for members of neighboring Chapters-SFCAMFT RECAMF, EBCAMFT. Please send an email to to request your discount code.

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Padma Catell, PhD

There are still many mysteries in the field of brain research and hence in the field of psychopharmacology. It is important to have a grasp of what is known about how these medications work so that one can understand why and how these drugs can help or hinder one’s clients.

Many of the well-known directions for drug development are based on neurotransmitter discoveries made during the 1950s.  Medications developed based on these discoveries have already been well explored.

You may have encountered problems with regard to effectiveness and/or adverse effects with the medications currently available. Given this context, new directions for medication development will be discussed. This course earns three (3) hours of CE credits.


  • Review of the current level of understanding of how medications work
  • Summary of drugs used for most common psychiatric disorders
  • Explanation of the most common difficulties and adverse effects for these medications
  • Presentation of recent advances in psychopharmacology
  • There will be time for questions and discussion of examples from one’s clinical practice.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: As a result of attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • List the medications commonly used for various psychiatric disorders
  • Discuss the role of psychiatric medications and how they can be most useful to clients
  • Explain how and why these medications work
  • Describe recent developments in the field of psychopharmacology.

Padma Catell is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist with an MA in molecular biology and a Ph. D. in Psychology. She has been studying pharmacology since she was in graduate school and has been teaching psychopharmacology to graduate students for over 30 years. Dr. Catell has published a book, Drugs and Clients: What Every Psychotherapist Needs to Know, 2nd Edition (2014) and has lectured in the US, Poland and Russia (with translators, of course) to therapists and psychiatrists on this topic.

Fee Schedule:

Licensed Marin CAMFT Members $59

Licensed Reciprocal Non Members $69 (with code)

Licensed Non Members $79

Prelicensed Marin CAMFT Members $25

Prelicensed Non Members $35

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 

Information: For more information about Marin CAMFT's Workshops and about joining the Committee, please contact the Director-at-Large for CE.

Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation. 

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the Director-at-Large for CE no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the Director-at-Large for CE who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need. All instructors will read and adhere to Marin CAMFT’s stated policies.

Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director-at-Large for CE.

Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

CE Approvals: This workshop meets the qualifications for 3 hours of CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for license renewal. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents  Contact Director-at-Large for CE for more information.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with a link and password to this Zoom event.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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