This course examines medications that are commonly prescribed for the treatment of psychiatric illnesses. Review of these medications will include medication effects, mechanisms of action, interactions, and side effects.

AC 502 is offered during the 2nd session (March 8th - April 30th) in the Spring 2021 semester. 


    1. Understand statistical and psychometric concepts as they apply to assessment and evaluation including: test standardization, validity, reliability, norms, measures of central tendency, standard error of measurement (SEM), standard scores, and percentile scores. (MFC G.1,2; MFC H.1; MH G.1,2,4; MH K.4; SC G.3)
    2. Apply knowledge of addictions assessment/appraisal tools and methods to interpret data and formulate intervention/treatment plans. (MFC G.1,2; MH G.4; SC G.3, SC H3) Identify, apply, analyze, and interpret a variety of formal and informal assessment/appraisal tools and techniques including: observations, behavioral assessments, interviews, inventories, rating scales, self-report inventories, measures of cognitive ability, personality measures, projective assessment, and measures of academic achievement, psychosocial functioning, adaptive behavior, and family and other environmental systems. (MFC G.1,2; MH G.4; SC G.3; SC H.1,2,3)
    3. Successfully select, administer, score and interpret a variety of addictions assessment instruments. (MFC G.2, MFC H.1; MH G.3,4; SC G.3)
    4. Understand the role of assessment in case conceptualization, clinical diagnosis, and treatment planning in addictions. (MFC H.1, MH G.2,4; SC H.1,2,3)
    5. Demonstrate effective report-writing skills that link assessment results to meaningful implications, recommendations, intervention and/or treatment plans in addictions settings. (MFC H.1, SC H.1,2,3) 

A 4-module online format which will include powerpoints, articles, and discussion questions will be utilized (which will require you answering questions much like you would be expected to during an in-person class).   

This course is taught online. Course participants login and participate at a time of day that is convenient for them. It is recommended that participants login at least 4 to 5 times per week and plan on spending 16 to 18 hours per week (combination online and offline) for 7.5 weeks to successfully complete this 3-credit course.  If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.
Restricted to Montana State University students in the Addiction Counseling Certificate, Counseling, and Health Sciences Programs.  If you are a Non-Degree seeking graduate student wishing to enroll in this class, please contact Dr. Katey Franklin.

1. Handbook of clinical psychopharmacology for therapists 

Preston, J. D., O’Neal, J. H., & Talaga, M. C. (2017). Handbook of clinical psychopharmacology for therapists (8th ed.). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc. ISBN-10: 1626259259; ISBN-13: 978-1626259256



2. Basis psychopharmacology for counselors and psychotherapists.
Sinacola, R.S., & Peters-Strickland, T. (2011). Basis psychopharmacology for counselors and psychotherapists (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Pearson. ISBN-10: 013707980X; ISBN-13: 978-0137079803

Lindsay DeGroot