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Activity Dates: 05/03/2011 - 05/03/2014

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Target Audience

If you are a pharmacist, nurse practitioner or other healthcare professional involved in the comprehensive medication management of psychiatric and/or neurological patients, we invite you to participate in this online course.

Session Summary

Children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders may exhibit pathologic aggression that may be destructive, severe, chronic, and unresponsive to psychosocial/ psychopharmacological treatment of their underlying pathology as well as to psychosocial interventions specifically targeting aggression. For this subset of aggressive youth, targeted pharmacotherapy may be appropriate. Evidence is growing to support the use of medications to manage aggressive behaviors across various childhood and adolescent psychiatric disorders. Safety should be emphasized when prescribing medication for these patients. However, serious health and safety risks are also raised when aggression is not effectively managed. This session will review the etiology, phenomenology, and treatment modalities for aggression in children and adolescents, and invoke discussion on best practices to clinically manage aggression in this population. The discussion will highlight evidence-based interventions and expert consensus recommendations, both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic, and their relative effectiveness.

Course Requirements

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date. (login first)
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity. (login first)
  • Receive a passing grade (60%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (login first)

This course is provided online at cpnp.org and consists of the speaker audio and slides. A PDF file of the slides is also provided and access is available to participants indefinitely although ACPE credit is available only through the course expiration date.

Participants in this course must complete an examination and achieve a score of 60% or greater. Successful completion of the course also requires the completion of a course evaluation. ACPE statements of credit can be retrieved by participants online at cpnp.org immediately upon successful completion of the course.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

M. Lynn Crismon, PharmD, FCCP, BCPP

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Learning Objectives

  1. List the psychiatric conditions in children and adolescents that are commonly associated with aggression.
  2. Discuss the biological, social, and psychological factors underlying aggression.
  3. Identify commonly used rating scales for the assessment of aggression.
  4. Review behavioral and environmental approaches in the management of aggression.
  5. Apply the appropriate use of pharmacologic interventions for the management of aggression.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 05/03/2011 - 05/03/2014
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-9999-11-013-H01-P (Knowledge)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPEThe College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This self-study course provides 1.0 contact hours (0.10 CEUs) of knowledge-based continuing education credit from CPNP approved programming. The ACPE universal program number assigned to this course is 0284-0999-11-013-H01-P (1.0contact hours).

ACPE approved contact hours are accepted for ANCC Certification Renewal (see pages 5 and 6): At least 50% (37.5 hours) of your 75 continuing education hours must be formally approved continuing education hours. Formally approved continuing education hours meet one or more of the criteria listed below:

  1. Continuing nursing education (CNE) approved for nursing contact hours by an accredited provider or approver of nursing continuing education
  2. Continuing medical education (CME) approved for CME hours
  3. Sponsored by organizations, agencies, or educational institutions accredited or approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Grant Support

This programming was supported in part by grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cyberonics, Merk and Sunovion.

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