Cost: $100

Psycho-pharmacotherapy is adjunct to already established therapies. Drug selection should be based on the best available evidence (FDA approved indications), best practice standards for that drug, and a careful risk -benefit analysis. This course will equip students to engage in multidisciplinary teams and effectively monitor psychopharmacology interventions prescribed to their clients.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the badge students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the need for a thorough past and current medical history; medical, neurological, mental status examination, baseline laboratory studies and neuro-diagnostic testing when appropriate.
  2. Articulate the best practices for effective drug monitoring and the elements of side effects assessment.
  3. Identify members of the treatment team and best practices for team reviews in relation to pharmacology and compliance with ICF-MR regulations.
  4. Ability to demonstrate timely and comprehensive documentation to communicate dealing with adverse medication side effects or medical emergencies.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of lifespan and development as related to the use of psychopharmacological intervention.

Credit Hours

Success in this 0.5 credit hour course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 7.5 hours over the length of the course in direct instruction as provided by the instructor and an additional 15 hours outside of class reading, reflecting, and evaluating the topics for a total of 22.5 hours.

Credit Criteria

Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge

Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria


Dee Nighswonger

Dee E. Nighswonger

Dee E. Nighswonger has been a licensed social worker practicing in Kansas for over 27 years.  She received her BSW from Wichita State University in 1992 and MSW from the University of Kansas in 1996.  Dee is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC). She currently serves as the Director for the Sedgwick County Developmental Disability Organization (SCDDO) and is also the owner of eMErge Coaching, LLC. Dee has worked in the community as a provider, volunteer and advocate in a variety of settings. Her professional experience includes social work practice in child welfare, non-profit social service, hospital social work, community mental health, substance use treatment, intellectual/developmental disability services and State/County government. Dee has presented research posters and workshops at State and National professional conferences. She currently serves on the Practicum Advisory Committee for the WSU School of Social Work and has been a member of The NADD since 2013. She is an Alumni of Advance Kansas and holds a number of certifications from the Kansas Leadership Center.  Dee serves as a member of the Wichita/Sedgwick County Access Advisory Board and City of Wichita District II Advisory Board. Dee also engages in leadership development and coaching through the Nonprofit Chamber of Service.