This is an introductory course to psychopharmacology for non-medical, helping professionals. Emphasis is placed on the basic principles of pharmacology, the effects of drugs on the human central and peripheral nervous systems and particularly psychoactive drug effects on human cognitive, behavioral and affective domains. It will provide an overview of pharmacological classification systems and various interventions frequently utilized. Students will become familiar with pharmacological lexicon and the benefits/consequences and side effects of drug use and abuse. The implications for rehabilitation services and counseling will be examined.