DSW Candidate – Ashaad Hipps, LMSW, CYMHS, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Too Much Medication: Addressing the Overmedication of Youth in Foster Care

DSW Candidate – Ashaad Hipps, LMSW, CYMHS

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Too Much Medication: Addressing the Overmedication of Youth in Foster Care

The child welfare system in the United States has the responsibility of
ensuring the safety for several thousand children. Many of these youth are
traumatized from the maltreatment they experienced prior to their placement in
foster care. Due to this trauma, foster children are more likely to develop and struggle
with behavioral and mental health problems. Depression, anxiety, attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder are a few common diagnoses
for children in foster care.

In an attempt to address the elevated rate of mental health issues amongst
the foster care population, psychotropic medication is often utilized in place of
therapeutic services. Psychotropic medications are often prescribed to manage
behavioral and mental health symptoms, but the elevated usage rates for children in
foster care is a cause for concern. Youth in foster care are frequently prescribed and
take two or more psychotropic medications, which is potentially harmful due to
unknown long-term effects of these medications on children.

This capstone project is composed of three products that address the issue of
overmedication amongst the foster care population. The first product, or systematic
literature review, explores the negative impacts of psychotropic medication on youth
in foster. The second product utilizes systems theory as a theoretical framework to
reconceptualize psychotropic medication oversight for children in foster care. Lastly,
the third product is an exploration of how to apply the blanket guidelines to improve
psychotropic medication oversight for youth involved with child welfare


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define psychotropic medication and polypharmacy.
  2. Participants will be able to explain the need for improved oversight and monitoring for psychotropic medication amongst foster youth.
  3. Participants will be able to describe the impact of psychotropic medication on children in foster care.


Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.