Health Counseling Services

7851 Metro Parkway, Suite 250
Bloomington, MN 55425

Date(s) - 01/31/2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

With the use of psychotropic medications in community settings, we all participate in the responsibility of managing the symptoms of mental illness and brain injury. How well the symptoms are managed greatly affects the quality of life for the people we serve.

Through lecture, videos and discussion this course presents general classification information, indications for use, mechanisms of action, side effects, and precautions when administering these medications:

  • antipsychotics
  • antidepressants
  • stimulants
  • new medications
  • sedative/hypnotics
  • antimanics
  • antianxiety medications

245D Regulations covering psychotropic medication use and monitoring are nondescript and it is often left to the prescriber to determine your role in monitoring these medications.  Whether you are a provider looking to simplify and clarify your psychotropic medication responsibilities, or you are a provider who has never done psychotropic medication monitoring before, this class will be helpful to you!

As you determine what your organization’s policies and procedures will be for psychotropic medication monitoring, this workshop gives you the opportunity to learn from the experts, discuss options, and identify the unintended consequences of not using best practices.

Not sure if you need training?  Here are some questions covered in the course:

  • What happens if psychotropic medication use is not monitored adequately?
  • What are the 6 essential components of psychotropic medication use and monitoring?
  • What are the 5 indicators that your organization needs to take an active role in psychotropic medication monitoring?
  • What is the BIRF and when do we need to do it?
  • How do mental health providers monitor psychotropic medication for effectiveness and side effects?

This class is recommended for:  administrators, site managers, program directors, nurses, and social workers.

Course Information

  • Course materials, refreshments and lunch are included in the course fee
  • Pre-registration is required, register early! Class size is limited
  • Video/audio taping of courses is prohibited

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before the course.  The course fee will be charged if cancellation is made in less than 24 hours.  Registration is transferable to another person.

About the instructor

Karen Finck, APRN, CNS, is an expert in psychiatric nursing. An engaging speaker, Ms. Finck lectures throughout Minnesota on mental health topics. She adeptly uses humor and presents real-life anecdotes from her experiences in the field. She provides not only an understandable theoretical framework, but offers practical approaches as well.

Continuing Education

This course provides 5.25 clock hours.

If you are interested in having a course presented at your facility, CLICK HERE to contact Karen Lilla.


This event is fully booked.