006.  Miracle or Evil, Cure or Heresy: Help Your Patients Understand Medication’s Role in Healing 

006.  Miracle or Evil, Cure or Heresy: Help Your Patients Understand Medication’s Role in Healing 


Approved for 1.5 CEs for Psychologists, Licensed Professionals Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Chemical Dependency Counselors 

Approved for 1.5 CMEs for Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Physicians, and Physicians Assistants 

Approved for 1.5 CEUs for Nurses and Nurse Practitioners 

Approved for 1.5 IBCC CEs for Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Teachers, and Coaches 

Level: Intermediate 


Karl Benzio, M.D. 


Psychiatry has been a grossly misunderstood specialty of medicine, often relegated to medicine’s red-headed stepchild. A common belief among faith-based clients and patients is that biochemical interventions – psychotropic medications especially – are a sign of weakness and that the brain can only heal from specific spiritual interventions, stronger will power, or thinking differently. In this workshop, the Dr. Benzio will describe how his unique prescribing practices of psychiatric medications has assisted many in their healing and transformational journey. Prescribing participants will learn how to describe expectations of medication usage to their patients utilizing a holistic and integrative model. In addition, non-prescribing participants will learn their important role in identifying when a medication evaluation might be advantageous. Lastly, all participants will be equipped with the knowledge of how to maximize the neuroplasticity cascade facilitated by medication to build lasting psychological and spiritual healing.  

Learning Objectives  

Participants will:  

  1. Identify the role of psychiatric medications in a patient’s healing journey and what psychiatric medication can and cannot do for a patient.  
  1. Outline assessment questions to utilizing to determine when to refer someone to a prescriber for possible medication implementation.  
  1. Describe how psychiatric medications facilitate neuroplasticity in the brain and describe a model to help faith-based clients and patients understand and utilize biological interventions such as psychotropic medication, and not feel guilty or as if they are abandoning their faith by taking medication.