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Managing Medication Issues that Matter – Clinical Pharmacology for Clinical Psychologists, Auckland, 17 August

Thu, 17 August 2017

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Professor Pete Ellis

University of Otago, Wellington 

Thursday 17 August

9:00am – 4:30pm 

MBS Flexispace, Massey University, Dairy Flat Highway, Albany, Auckland

 Overview of the training

This workshop was originally presented to students on the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology programme in 2016 at Massey, Wellington and videolinked to the Albany and Palmerston North campuses. It aims to cover the following topics in an interactive format, to provide a reminder of key principles of psychopharmacology and to explore issues related to those side effects and interactions that clinical psychologists are likely to encounter in routine practice, and how to evaluate and address these. Several case scenarios are explored in role play in small groups. Resource material is used during these sessions using public domain (free) smart phone apps. 

  • Side effects and risk benefit
  • Principles of pharmacology in general
  • How psychotropics work and are used
  • Taking medication – what it means
  • Side effects and how to approach them
  • Drug interactions, medication history
  • Alternative and complementary medication
  • What GPs do, discussions with GPs 

The workshop is targeted at clinical psychologists and others who have some basic grounding in principles of pharmacology but who are not prescribers. It may be of interest to mental health nurses. 

About the presenter

Professor Pete Ellis has worked as a consultation liaison psychiatrist at Wellington Hospital for over 25 years. His research interests have included psychopharmacology, particularly related to depression and he was a member of the Medsafe Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee for fifteen years. 


  • $250 for professionals
  • $200 for Massey University staff (permanent and fixed term only)
  • $125 for students (full time only) 

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided and included in the fee.   Certificates of attendance are provided to all attendees who complete the workshop. 

Numbers are limited and places will be allocated in order of receipt of registration.  

How to Register

Please complete the online registration form for each attendee. Secure credit card payment can be made for one or multiple attendees or contact Helen for alternative payment options:

Helen McMaster, Centre for Psychology, Massey University, Private Bag 102904, North Shore, Auckland,

Phone : 09 213 6095                                         

Email : H.McMaster@massey.ac.nz 

Cancellation Policy

If the workshop is cancelled due to lack of enrolments, a full refund will be given.
Refund requests received more than one week before the workshop will be refunded in full, requests received less than one week will incur a 50% charge.
No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the Workshop.