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Psychopharmacology: What You Need to Know about Psychiatric Medications
Psychopharmacology: What You Need to Know about Psychiatric Medications

Where:   EUGENE, OR

When:  Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Fran has been prescribing psychiatric medications for over a decade to adults and children with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, depression and anxiety disorders. Many of her patients have co-existing mental health or medical problems with limited resources and inadequate social support systems.

As a direct care professional working in the “trenches,” Fran has accrued vital knowledge for resolving many treatment challenges. She has developed unique teaching methods that improve the client’s understanding of their mental illness and the role medications play in aiding their recovery.

Her best-selling workbook, My Mental Health Medication Workbook, outlines many of her teaching methods.

  1. Describe how psychiatric medications work.
  2. Explain how psychiatric medications are selected for each disorder and age group.
  3. Improve your skills at assessing medication responses and managing side effects.
  4. Identify barriers that interfere in your clients’ medication adherence.
  5. Develop successful interventions to eliminate barriers to your client’s medication adherence.
  6. Propose various lifestyle improvements and nutritional habits that aid in your clients’ recovery.


Fran Miller, RN, MSN, BC, has enjoyed a dynamic career spanning more than three decades with roles in academia, mental health administration, consultation, and direct clinical practice in both private and public sectors. Her continuum of care experiences range from clinical research, consultation and liaison services (inpatient medical services), crisis (access), inpatient, partial, IOP, outpatient, and ACT, to a host of other community services. She spent the past 8 years engaged in community mental health, providing medication treatment to a large caseload of adults and some children. Fran presently works in a group private practice providing medication treatment, supportive counseling, and coaching for a varied population, including women's mental health and adult ADD.

She has been a speaker for more than 30 years enriching thousands of professionals across the country. Colleagues and attendees have embraced her teaching style, applauding Fran as a visionary, trend setter and a passionate educator.

Fran has been a strong advocate for client education and its role in increasing medication compliance among the mental health client population. She designed My Mental Health Medication Workbook to increase the client's understanding of his/her mental illness, the role of the brain in producing symptoms, and the important role of mental health medications in facilitating recovery. She is a member of APNA and a board member at the local chapter. She also has served as committee member for the ANCC.

Fran received her BSN from The University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. She received her MSN in Community Mental Health Nursing/Clinical Specialization from Indiana University at the IU Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her Prescriptive Authority in 1997, and has developed expertise in medication management for all populations (child to geriatric).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Frances Miller maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Frances Miller has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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