Montana State University

AC 502-801: Psychopharmacology and Addictions

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Jan 10-Mar 09, 2018
Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Shelby Frye and Glee Dunbar

Restricted to students in Addiction Counseling Certificate

Course Description

**You must apply to be in the Addiction Counseling Program to take this course **

This course examines medications that are commonly prescribed for psychiatric disabilities; descriptions of medication effects, interaction, and side effects.

There are 2 sections to this course.
Section 801 is taught by Shelby Frye.
Section 802 is taught by Glee Dunbar.

Meeting Place and Times

This course is taught online. Course participants login and participate at a time of day that is convenient for them. It is recommended that participants login at least 4 to 5 times per week and plan on spending 16 to 18 hours per week (combination online and offline) for 8 weeks to successfully complete this 3 credit course.


Shelby Frye. Shelby Frye, APRN, PMHNP-BC Shelby Frye is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working and living with her family at Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs. She is a MSU alumna, Masters of Nursing class of 2015 as well as Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Bachelors of Psychology class of 2011. She has five years outpatient psychiatric experience with Gallatin Mental Health Center (GMHC) during the opening of the Hope House and eventually, management of the nursing department for GMHC in Bozeman. Additionally, her nursing experience has spanned acute hospital care, detention and forensic settings, and as a trained sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE). Shelby, her husband, and their four children moved to Montana from Colorado in 2003. Her background includes a long history of psychiatric interest and exposure to psychopathy counseling while growing up in Fargo, ND with her mother, a licensed addiction counselor. Initially starting in education, Shelby transitioned her academic career to psychiatric medicine in 2007 with long term goals of teaching and completing her doctorate.

Glee Dunbar , MA. Glee moved from eastern North Carolina to Bozeman with her husband, two dogs, and cat in July 2017. Glee received her BSW and MSW at East Carolina University. Glee has worked in numerous clinical settings including integrated health care systems with physicians, intensive in-home therapy, foster care, and crisis response. Through those positions and her most recent employment as a Crisis Response Therapist, Glee has been able to cultivate her skills in crisis work and assist those with varying backgrounds, addictions, and mental health concerns. Glee got the opportunity to focus on advocacy, education, and mental health of the LGBT community in eastern North Carolina as president of a local PFLAG chapter, providing community educational trainings, and development of a transgender support group. During Glee's free time she enjoys spending time with her family, rehabilitating furniture, crafting, and outdoor activities.

Time Commitment:

16-18 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists (6th ed.).
    Preston, J, O’Neal, J., & Talaga, M, G. (2010).
    New Harbinger Publications, Inc.: Oakland, CA
    ISBN-10: 1572246987
    ISBN-13: 978-1572246980
    This book can be ordered online for approximately $40
  • Basic Psychopharmacology for Counselors and Psychotherapists.
    Sinacola, R.S. & Peters-Strickland, T. (2005 or 2011**).
    ISBN-10: 0205440053. (1st ed.)
    ISBN-13: 978-0205440054. (1st ed.)
    ISBN-10: 013707980X (2nd ed)
    ISBN-13: 978-0137079803 (2nd ed.)
    This book can be ordered online for approximately $40
    **There is not much change in the newer edition but they are a little more expensive. Students have the option of either the 1st edition or 2nd edition

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

For course information: Please contact Shelby Frye.

or Glee Dunbar.

For information about the Addiction Counseling Program: For information about the Addiction Counseling Program: Please contact Hilary Becker at or 406-994-2379

How to Register

Call the Office of Continuing Education at (406) 994-6683 or toll free (866) 540-5660.

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