Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Psychosocial and Pharmacologic Interventions for Disruptive Behavior in Children and Adolescents


Course Description: This course provides counselors a systematic overview of the research evidence on psychosocial and/or pharmacologic treatment for children and adolescents with disruptive behavior disorders. Qualitative and quantitative analyses generally suggest that psychosocial interventions for children with disruptive behavior disorders that include a parent component, either alone or in combination with other components, are likely to be more effective at reducing disruptive child behaviors than interventions that include only a child component or control conditions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the evidence in the research literature addressing the effectiveness of psychosocial and pharmacologic treatment approaches for disruptive behavior
  • Analyze the applicability and limitations of the research findings for disruptive behavior

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 2 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Richard Epstein, PhD, MPH, Christopher Fonnesbeck, PhD, Edwin Williamson, MD, Tarah Kuhn, PhD, Mary Lou Lindegren, MD, MPH, Katherine Rizzone, MD, Shanthi Krishnaswami, MBBS, MPH, Nila Sathe, MA, MLIS, Cathy H. Ficzere, PharmD, BCPS, Genevieve Lynn Ness, PharmD, Geoffrey W. Wright, MS, Mamata Raj, MD, Shannon Potter, MLIS, and Melissa McPheeters, MD, MPH

Content Publisher(s): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Epstein is a Research Fellow at Chapin Hall. Dr. Epstein is a licensed clinical child psychologist and epidemiologist. Dr. Epstein's areas of expertise include child welfare, child mental health and maternal mental health, and he is recognized for his methodological expertise, consultation skill, and work on research synthesis and translation. Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Dr. Epstein was a member of the faculty at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Fonnesbeck is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University and Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Database Analysis Core.

Dr. Williamson joined the Vanderbilt Faculty in 2010. He is an attending psychiatrist in the Vanderbilt Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic and is the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program Director.

Dr. Kuhn is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been a member of the faculty at Vanderbilt University since 2005.

Dr. Lindegren received her MD degree from Duke University. She received her MPH degree from Emory University. Dr. Lindegren is board-certified in pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Krishnaswami is a Staff Scientist in the Vanderbilt University Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) and a physician by training (India) with a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology (infectious diseases) from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Ms. Sathe is the Assistant Director of the Vanderbilt University Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC). At the EPC she orchestrates the various phases of evidence reviews and works closely with methods and content leads and project coordinators to ensure that reviews are on track.

Dr. Ficzere was the founding Director of Drug Information Services for the Belmont University College of Pharmacy. In June 2014, Dr. Ficzere became the Chair of the Pharmacy Practice Department.

Dr. Ness joined the faculty at the Belmont University College of Pharmacy (BUCOP) in August of 2013 as the Associate Director of the Christy Houston Foundation Drug Information Center. In June 2014, Dr. Ness became the Director of the Drug Information Center.

Dr. Raj is a Staff Scientist in the Vanderbilt University Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC).

Dr. McPheeters is a healthcare epidemiologist who has worked in evidence-based medicine and comparative effectiveness for over a decade. She completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, led systematic reviews at the CDC as a coordinating scientist for the Guide to Community Preventive Services, and now is the Director of Vanderbilt’s Evidence-based Practice Center. 

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2021-5/2/2024. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
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American Psychological Association (APA)

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