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CE Workshop: The Three Scariest Words: Reporting, records and subpoenas (Ethics)
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When: 1:00-4:00pm
Where: Easley Conference Pavilion (North Pavilion) at the Atlanta Metropolitan State College
1630 Metropolitan Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia  30310
United States
Presenter: Nancy A. McGarrah, PhD and Attorney Dawn Smith, Esq.
Contact: Staci Bratcher, Communications & Professional Development Manager
404-634-6272, ext. 208

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Nancy McGarrah, PhD, an experienced psychologist who has held seats on both state and national Ethics Committees, and Dawn Smith, Esq., an experienced family law attorney, will discuss a variety of ethical dilemmas faced by psychologists. A combination of discussion topics and scenarios will be utilized, encouraging an active participation by attendees. Some of the topics will include: how to respond to subpoenas; release and retention of records; therapy versus forensic roles; working with DFCS and reporting of child abuse; cultural competence and ethics; and working with divorce situations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will discuss possible approaches to ethical dilemmas, using a four prong approach to ethical decision making.
  2. Attendees will apply ethical principles to a variety of situations, such as retention and release of records.
  3. Attendees will assess the most appropriate ways to respond to complicated situations, such as divorced parents seeking therapy for their children or responding to a subpoena.

CE Hours: 3 (Ethics)

Level: Intermediate

About the Presenters:

Dr. Nancy McGarrah is a psychologist in private practice at Cliff Valley Psychologists. She specializes in forensic psychology, especially child abuse, child trauma, custody and visitation issues, and working with divorced families. She has also chaired the GPA and APA Ethics Committees.

Dawn Smith is a partner at Smith & Lake, LLC where she practices family and education law. She has represented children and families for over 24 years. In addition to her expertise in family law, Dawn is recognized as one of the leading advocates for the civil and educational rights of children with disabilities.

Both Dr. McGarrah and Ms. Smith have presented on topics related to ethics and family issues at GPA as well as legal conferences, such as the Family Law Institute, Guardian ad Litem trainings, and other venues. Dr. McGarrah also has served on (and chaired) the GPA and APA Ethics Committees.

Registration Costs (per workshop):

Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before November 25, 2016 to receive this rate.)

  • $70: GPA Members
  • $105: Non-members
  • $20: GPA Student Members

Registration (After November 25, 2016)

  • $80: GPA Members
  • $115: Non-members
  • $30: GPA Student Members

Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.


Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Amy Dietrich via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to December 2, 2016. No refunds will be given after December 2, 2016.

The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.


Easley Conference Pavilion
Edwin Thompson Student Center Bldg.
#800, RED PARKING LOT. @ Atlanta Metropolitan State College
1630 Metropolitan Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30310

The Conference Center is located in the Edwin Thompson Student Center, Building 800.  It is the first building on your right once you enter the campus at the dual Atlanta Technical College and Atlanta Metropolitan State College entrance, and begin driving on the one-way street.  It can be identified by a large white overhang in the center of the building, which is the entrance to the foyer, and leads to the Easley Conference Pavilion.  <strong>Please park in the RED Parking Lot when possible. NOTE:  Atlanta Metropolitan State College buildings will all be on the right side of the one-way with signage noted in &quot;Red&quot;. PLEASE DO NOT TURN ON CASPLAN.  COME THROUGH THE MAIN ENTRANCE.

Directions (Click here for a printable version)compass

I-75 Northbound

Take I-75 north to exit 241 (Cleveland Ave), then turn left onto Cleveland Ave SW. Take the second right onto Metropolitan Pkwy. Atlanta Metropolitan State College is located on the right at 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy.

I-85 Northbound

Take I-85 north to exit 76 (Cleveland Ave). Turn right onto Cleveland Ave SW. Take the 1st left onto Metropolitan Pkwy. Atlanta Metropolitan State College is located on the right at 1630 Metropolitan Parkway.

I-75/I-85 Southbound (Traveling through the Downtown Atlanta Area)

Take I-75/I-85 to exit 244 (University Ave). Make slight right onto University Ave. Turn left onto Metropolitan Pkwy. Atlanta Metropolitan State College is located on the left at 1630 Metropolitan Parkway.

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