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CE Workshop: The Three Scariest Words: Reporting, records and subpoenas (Ethics)
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 Export to Your Calendar 12/9/2016
When: 1:00-4:00pm
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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: Amy Han Dietrich, Director of Continuing Education and Communications
404-634-6272, ext. 208

Online registration is available until: 12/7/2016
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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.