Sarah Shevchuk, Psy.D. earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in 2011. Dr. Shevchuk received specialty training in the treatment of serious and persistent mental illness at the Cleveland VA Medical Center, and has since provided psychological services throughout New York State, including state prisons , psychiatric hospitals, and Veterans Health Administration (VHA). She has held positions as Residential Crisis Treatment Program Coordinator, Psychological Evaluation Coordinator, and Inpatient Clinical Coordinator. At present she works as the Primary Care-Mental Health Integration Psychologist within VHA, and holds an academic appointment at New York Medical College. Dr. Shevchuk has chaired numerous committees for mental health environments of care, program evaluation and process improvement, which utilized Lean 6-S yellow- and greenbelt trainings. She has been a major rotation preceptor and assessment supervisor for an APA-accredited predoctoral psychology internship training program. Dr. Shevchuk has co-facilitated the clinical restructuring of mental health unit providing recovery services to adults with serious and persistent mental illness which opened in 2018. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Shevchuk studied biological science and conducted neuroscience research for several years, investigating the impact of psychoactive substances on brain cells associated with pain pathways. Dr. Shevchuk considers herself a cognitive-behavioral therapist who values recovery-oriented and patient-centered care, as well as whole-health and wellness in her work. Outside of work Dr. Shevchuk enjoys time with family and friends, making her family’s pasta and cookie recipes, and running. She is a proud finisher of the 2018 Nationwide Children’s Marathon in Columbus, Ohio.
According to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, approximately 10% of US adults fill one or more antidepressant prescriptions each year, with many of these prescriptions coming from non-psychiatrists. They are some of the most widely prescribed medications of our generation. As more and more patients are prescribed antidepressants and other psychotropic medications, an increased need and responsibility is raised for non-prescribing therapists to be knowledgeable enough to work more effectively with patients and their prescribers in this arena. The following webinar is intended to be an introductory course that offers general, yet comprehensive information about psychopharmacology, including understanding neurobiological underpinnings of how medications work, commonly prescribed drug categories, how to work more effectively with patients, and how to work more effectively with prescribers. Unique to this webinar will be the inclusion of how to maximize treatment outcomes and effectively use collaborative care strategies.
“Excellent presentation. Presenter was very knowledgeable and thorough. No improvements needed.”-Bruce G., Counselor, Illinois
The biology of reward has been well-studied and is linked to numerous mental health diagnoses. Researchers identified an anomaly in this reward cascade called Reward Deficiency Syndrome or RDS. This anomaly and its impact on psychotherapy are less evident in psychological literature, yet it provides useful knowledge in one of the most prevalent and challenging of all mental health disorders…addiction. This seminar will help you understand the cascade theory of reward and provide you with working knowledge of RDS. You will be able to talk about how RDS affects the brain, what research has found regarding the impact of RDS, as well as discuss a model of therapy that considers highly this biological aspect of mental illness. The focus of this seminar is biopsychological and psychopharmaocological in nature.