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Understanding Psychotropic Medications

For Counselors, Therapists and Social Workers

With Ernesto Santistevan, PhD, Prescribing Psychologist

February 5, 2023  1:00 - 4:30 pm

Join us for a review of the use of common psychotropic medications for clients who are typically seen in outpatient settings. Some of the topics covered include: importance of accurate diagnosing, importance of therapy, psychotropic interventions along with possible side effects and benefits, as well as an introduction to nontraditional interventions such as ketamine, canabis, and supplements.

Presented by:


Ernesto is a native New Mexican who has spent his professional career serving New Mexico. Ernesto Santistevan received his PhD in clinical psychology from Gallaudet University in 1996 and an MS focusing on clinical psychopharmacology from New Mexico State University in 2014. He obtained prescribing privileges in 2015. He works as a prescribing clinical psychologist at the Life Link in Santa Fe and iNetMedRx2 in Las Cruces. He provides clinical and prescriptive services to children and adults with challenges ranging from ADHD, depression, anxiety to clients who have experienced long term homelessness, being victims of sexual trafficking, long term alcohol and drug dependence, and chronic mental illness including psychotic disorders and bipolar disorders.



  • This training is geared towards clinicians who would like to gain a foundational understanding of common psychotropic medications, including indicators and side effects. 

    • ​$10 - Includes CEs.

    • All proceeds of this workshop will be donated to a local non-profit as these workshops are offered as a part of a series to increase educational opportunities for our local clinical community.

    • Please note that due to the low cost, there are no refunds for this event.


Of Note:

  • This is an online training via Zoom and will not be recorded. 

  • This training will provide 3 CEs (NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board Provider Number CCE0209081).

  • To be eligible for CEs, you must attend with your camera on and sign in and out via the hat feature. Failure to do so will result in no CEs. 

Training Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify 3 medical conditions which may cause symptoms of depression or anxiety.

  2. Participants will be able to list 3 medications which may cause symptoms of depression or anxiety.

  3. Participants will be able to name 3 possible side effects of SSRIs and NDRIs.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

A New Hope Therapy Center’s Cancellation and Refund Policy will be as follows to assure consistency and is applicable to all trainings offered by A New Hope Therapy Center.

  1. There are no refunds for this event. 

  2. In the event A New Hope Therapy Center must cancel the conference due to unforeseen circumstances, A New Hope Therapy Center will refund the cost of registration. However, A New Hope Therapy Center does not assume responsibility for any additional costs, charges, or expenses; to include, charges made for travel and lodging.


COVID-19 Vaccinations

A New Hope Therapy events in 2023 will continue to follow local and venue requirements. As information pertaining to COVID-19 requirements is ever evolving, we will continue to update as needed as policies change.

New Mexico authorities currently do not require proof of vaccination for indoor venues. Visitors are encouraged to check with individual establishments about COVID-19 protocols.

All ANHTC employees and volunteers working at the SITH Conference have been vaccinated.


   We will continue to follow CDC, WHO and state guidelinesOn February 17th, New Mexico dropped its mask mandate for most indoor locations, including hotels, restaurants and conference centers. Masks are welcome and encouraged for all attendees, especially our vulnerable populations.

Hand Sanitizer Stations

   We will have hand washing facilities and/or sanitizing systems easily accessible to everyone throughout the event.

No Contact Policy

   To assist in minimizing potential physical contact, elbow bumps are a great alternative to handshakes and hugs. We will space out seating as much as possible.

Health and Safety Signage

   Signage will be placed to remind all attendees to social distance and frequently wash and sanitize their hands.


   Conference attendees, exhibitors, vendors, and speakers will be required to participate in a wellness check before they receive their event badge. Everyone will be asked the following questions before they will receive their badge and gain entry into the conference:

  • In the past 24 hours, have you experienced COVID-19 symptoms?

  • Have you or people whom you have close contact with, like someone who lives in your house, a relative, a friend, or a co-worker tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days or had any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days?

Waiver of Lawsuit/Release of Liability:


  • *The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic and is very contagious. COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life-threatening illness and even death.

ANHTC has taken and will continue to take all reasonable precautions to prevent against the presence and spread of the disease but cannot and does not guarantee against exposure; and therefore, in choosing to attend the SITH Conference you acknowledge that you are assuming a risk that you may be exposing yourself to COVID-19 and its potential health risks.

  • ASSUMPTION OF RISK I have read and understand the above warning concerning COVID-19. I acknowledge that attending ANHTC's Conference is of value to me and that I accept the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 in order to attend. Therefore, I choose to accept the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and I agree that I am personally responsible for my safety and actions while attending ANHTC's Conferences.

  • WAIVER OF LAWSUIT/ RELEASE OF LIABILITY I, for myself, my family, successors, and assigns hereby forever release, waive, discharge, and covenant not to sue ANHTC, its board of directors, board members, officers, agents, servants, affiliates, employees, successors, and assigns (collectively the “Released Parties”) from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, and causes of action whatsoever, directly or indirectly arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, including death, that may be sustained by me related to COVID-19 while participating in any activity associated with ANHTC Conferences.

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