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Activity Dates: 01/12/2024 - 12/31/2025

Target Audience

If you are a pharmacist, nurse practitioner, or other health care professional involved in the comprehensive medication management of individuals living with mental health and/or substance use disorders, we invite you to participate in this online course.

Course Requirements

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

  • Sign in (or create a FREE account).
  • Register for 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.
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity.
  • If necessary, complete the post-test retest no later than the closing activity date.
  • Receive a passing grade (70%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by AAPP to CPE Monitor.

Participants in this course must complete an examination and achieve a score of 70% or greater. Up to two exam attempts are provided to each participant. Successful completion of the course also requires the completion of a course evaluation. Upon successful completion, ACPE credit is reported immediately to CPE Monitor although transcripts can be retrieved by participants online at

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Sandra Mitchell, PharmD, BCPP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Psychiatry
VCU Health Systems
Richmond, VA
Consultant: Wolters-kluwer (Lexi-comp)
My presentation will include discussion of off-label, experimental, and /or investigational use of drugs or devices: ADHD – bupropion, modafinil; ASD – haloperidol, fluphenazine, chlorpromazine, divalproex, N-acetylcysteine, amantadine, melatonin, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, zinc; Tics – risperidone, tiapride, sulpride, clonidine, guanfacine, olanzapine, quetiapine, ziprasidone, fluphenazine, botulinum toxin, metoclopramide, baclofen, levetiracetam, IVIG, NAC, nicotine, riluzole, d-serine, ondansetron, pramipexole, methylphenidate, desipramine; ODD/CD – antipsychotics, stimulants; Klinefelter’s – ZYN002


Learning Objectives


ACPE #0284-0000-24-007-H01-P (Knowledge)
Author: Sandra Mullen, PharmD, BCPP
Learning Objectives
At the end of this program, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe the signs and symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and pathophysiology for neurodevelopmental, disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders, including the listing of medications, substances, and diseases that can cause or worsen the psychiatric symptoms for these disorders.
  2. Explain the use of common rating scales for the screening, diagnosis, and monitoring of neurodevelopmental, disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders.
  3. Discuss the efficacy of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options (including natural products, if applicable) in the acute and long-term management of neurodevelopmental, disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders. 
  4. Outline the mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and pharmacogenetic properties (if applicable), adverse events, significant drug interactions, and warnings/precautions (including medical comorbidities, black box warnings, and REMS programs) and withdrawal symptoms for drugs used in neurodevelopmental, disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders.
  5. Describe treatment guidelines and landmark clinical trials, including study design, strengths and weaknesses, and implications for practice for neurodevelopmental, disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders. 
  6. Select an evidence-based drug therapy regimen (drug, dose, schedule, and duration of therapy) for stabilizing symptoms and preventing relapse given the clinical presentation of a specific patient.
  7. Outline a plan for monitoring and managing the safety and efficacy of drug therapy.
  8. Describe the management of neurodevelopmental, disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders in special populations (e.g., pregnancy/lactation, children, and elderly).
  9. Recognize the behavioral phenotypes, major medical complications, risk factors, pathogenesis, clinical course, and drug therapy treatment options for patients with the following syndromes:
    1. Down Syndrom
    2. Prader-Willi Syndrome
    3. Fragile X Syndrome
    4. Klinefelter’s Syndrome
    5. Rett's Syndrome
  10. Identify essential information to discuss during patient education about medication therapy and organizations that advocate and provide resources for individuals with neurodevelopmental, disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders.


Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 01/12/2024 - 12/31/2025
ACPE Contact Hours: 1
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-24-007-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.

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