psychotropic medications – Assignment:

Assignment (4-5 pages not including title and references page)

Should a counselor be able to prescribe psychotropic medications to a client? Why or why not?  
When, if ever, can a counselor share their personal or professional opinions about prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications and/or supplements with a client?  Explain your thoughts about this question.
Who is best qualified to diagnose and prescribe psychotropic medications?  What qualifies them to be the best resource for diagnosis and prescribing?   What are the relevant codes within the ACA Code of Ethics that support your answer?
When a client comes to you already on psychotropic medications, what is within your role and scope of practice?  What is not within your role and scope of practice?
If a client needs further evaluation in order to determine their diagnosis and potential need for psychotropic medications, how can we frame the conversation so it is client-centered, empathic, ethical, and informative?

Your Assignment will be 4 to 5 pages in length, not including cover page or references page.  Be sure to support your Assignment with specific references from the text, resources, and literature. In addition to the Learning Resources, search the Walden Library and/or the internet for peer-reviewed academic literature to support your Assignment. This Assignment must utilize appropriate APA format and citations.
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