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Annual Meeting Full Schedule

2014 Annual Meeting Full Schedule

The Changing Face of Psychology
May 1-4, 2014
The Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas Street
Athens, Georgia  30601

Thursday, May 1, 2014

8:00 am-12:00 pm: Registration Open

9:00 am-12:00 pm: P-1: APAIT Risk Management Workshop

12:00 pm-2:00 pm: Lunch on Your Own

2:00 pm-5:30 pm: Registration Open

2:00 pm-5:00 pm: (Cont.) P-1 APAIT Risk Management Workshop

P-1 Description:
Sequence V: Hot Topics and Risk Management in Psychological Practice
(6 hrs. Ethics CE) Eric A. Harris, Ed.D., J.D., APA Insurance Trust (Eligible for a 15% discount on Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Insurance for your next two consecutive policy periods.)
Risk management workshop attendees can expect to learn about the basic principles of a risk management strategy and how they can be applied to their practice(s). The presenter will also provide valuable information to help psychologists deal with challenges presented by the "online world.” Additionally, techniques and tips for managing difficult, high risk and uncooperative clients will be covered.

Friday, May 2, 2014

6:45 am: Walk/Run through UGA Campus-Led by Al Clarke, Ph.D.  (Convene at University of Georgia arch-6:30 am)

8:00 am-5:00 pm: Registration Open

8:00 am-9:45 am: Continental Breakfast w/ Exhibitors

8:30 am-9:45 am: Keynote Speaker
Psychology's Paradigm Shift: Can Psychology Successfully Transition from a Mental Health to a Health Profession? 
Suzanne Bennett-Johnson, Ph.D.

US health care is undergoing a profound paradigm shift from a biomedical model characterized by mind-body dualism to integrated patient-centered care based on the biopsychosocial model. Under the influence of the biomedical model, professional psychology became primarily mental health focused and often operated outside of the larger healthcare system. The paradigm shift within medicine to a biopsychosocial approach offers many opportunities for psychology to become partners in the larger health arena. To do so, psychology must meet the challenges of transitioning from a mental health to a health profession.

9:45 am-10:00 am: Mix & Mingle with Exhibitors for Door Prizes.

10:00 am-1:00 pm: CE Workshops

1. Changes in the Rules for Psychologists: New CE Requirements for the 2015-2016 Cycle
(3 hrs. CE) Georgia State Board of Examiners of Psychology: Marsha Sauls, Ph.D. and Linda Campbell, Ph.D., William Doverspike, Ph.D., ABPP, Don Meck, Ph.D., ABPP, JD, and Melton Strozier, Ph.D., ABPP
Members of the Georgia State Board of Examiners will address changes to the rules for licensed psychologists. Topics will include post-doctoral experience, applying for and maintaining licensure, license mobility, examples using ASPPB PLUS and understanding the new CE licensure rules beginning in the 2015-2016 renewal cycle.

2. Medical Psychology: Assessing/Treating Sleep Disorders, Decision Making (Competency), and Healthcare Choices in a Fast-Paced World
(3 hrs. CE) Elizabeth Carson, Ph.D.
Healthy outcomes depend on optimal patterns of physical functioning. With support of the latest research, this advanced workshop will investigate sleep rhythms, quality of life, competency, education and compliance, as well as examine the principles of autonomy and justice and their applications in the therapy process.

3. How Can We Help Our Primary Care Providers Deliver Better Women’s Health?
(3 hrs. CE) Ashley Owen, Ph.D.
As psychologists assume greater responsibility for patient outcomes, medical providers are increasingly aware that they must address behavioral issues to reach their clinical goals. In this innovative workshop, our unique perspective and training as psychologists and our opportunity to deliver education and improve the status of women’s health will be explored.

4. The Basics of Psychopharmacology for Children and Adolescents
(3 hrs. Psychopharmacology CE) Roy Q. Sanders, MD
This workshop will provide current clinical applications of psychopharmacological management of psychiatric disorders and their symptoms in children and adolescents. An objective of this workshop is to foster discussion about how psychologists can help clients advocate for themselves in the physician’s office when issues related to behavioral healthcare are being discussed.

1:00 pm-2:30 pm: Break
-Lunch on Your Own / Pre-registered Box Lunch
-Mix & Mingle with Exhibitors for Door Prizes.
-Lunch and Learn with Keith Campbell, Ph.D.- “Narcissism and Modern Society”
Do you think narcissism is on the rise? In this inaugural Lunch and Learn, Dr. Keith Campbell will present evidence that narcissism has increased. Causes and consequences of this increase will be discussed, including economic changes, parenting and social media. Dr. Campbell’s conversation will conclude with thoughts on the “great fantasy migration.”

2:30 pm-5:30 pm: CE Workshops

5. Four Words to Save a Relationship
(3 hrs. CE) David Woodsfellow, Ph.D.
An emerging meta-model of change in couples therapy depends on transformative interventions that are a major component of all successful couples modalities. This workshop presents Dr. Woodsfellow’s user-friendly synthesis of the cycle models of Hendrix, Gottman, Real and Johnson. The essence is four words . . .

6. Integrated Care: Psychologists Role in the Emerging US Healthcare System
(3 hrs. CE) Suzanne Bennett-Johnson, Ph.D.

The Affordable Care Act emphasizes the integrated care of medical and mental health services and will open up remarkable opportunities for psychologists in healthcare settings. This workshop will examine: (1) the ACA and implications for psychological services; (2) skills needed by practicing psychologists; and (3) models of integrated care services.

7. The Ethics of Dual and Multiple Relationships in Psychotherapy
(3 hrs. Ethics CE) Jackson Rainer, Ph.D. ABPP
This workshop will examine the urban-centric standards of the APA Code of Ethics versus the need for greater resources in rural areas and the rise of telehealth, which invite boundary crossings. There will be a focus on issues related to diversity and human difference which take the practitioner out of the rule-governed realm and into context-driven practice.

8. Therapeutic Interventions for Grieving Children and Families
(3 hrs. CE) Ann Hazzard, PhD., ABPP & Marianne Celano, Ph.D., ABPP
Children and adolescents need permission to grieve and it differs based on developmental level and type of loss. This workshop will examine how children experience grief, theoretical models, elimination of bereavement exclusion in DSM-V, and common therapeutic approaches, supported by case studies, for children and parents.

3:30 pm-4:30 pm: Student Poster Session Sign-in
4:30 pm-6:00 pm: Student Poster Session Judging
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Optional Activities

6:00 pm-7:30 pm: Welcome Reception
Join colleagues, members, first-time attendees and student poster nominees for appetizers and beverages. This is a great chance to network with the leadership of GPA as well as other new members/attendees. Student poster awards will be presented. Cash bar available. Our tailgating theme for the reception allows you to wear your favorite team jersey!

Dinner on your own following reception.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

8:00 am-5:00 pm: Registration Open

8:00 am-9:30 am: Plated GPA Business Meeting Breakfast

8:30 am-9:45 am: Continental Breakfast w/ Exhibitors

9:45 am-12:45 pm: CE Workshops

9. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in Practice
(3 hrs. CE) Stacey Larson, JD, Psy.D., Director of APA Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Due to health information technology becoming more prevalent within healthcare, Dr. Larson’s workshop will provide a primer on the use of electronic health records in practice. She will review how patients’ privacy, confidentiality and security may change upon transition to an electronic health recordkeeping system.

10. The Future is Now: Multicultural Complexity in Psychological Services
(3 hrs. Diversity CE) Edward A. Delgado-Romero, Ph.D.

In 2002, the American Psychological Association adopted the Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change. The guidelines resulted in an exponential increase in multicultural research and practice. This workshop will review the guidelines and research and will highlight the application of the guidelines to practice. 

11. To Infinity and Beyond: Atypical Careers in Psychology
(3 hrs. CE) Barbara K. Burian, Ph.D., Heather K. McElroy, Ph.D., ABPP, Susan R. Rudnicki, Ph.D., P.C., Alexander Cohen, Ph.D., CC-AASP, Richard W. Puddy, Ph.D., MPH, and Heather K. McElroy, Ph.D., ABPP
Psychologists are finding and making niche careers in many markets. A group of psychologists working in atypical careers share their paths to researching for NASA, consulting for the United States Olympic Committee, integrating fitness and mental health, working for the Centers for Disease Control, and consulting for television. 

12. Becoming Bi-cultural: Learning to Speak the Language of Public Schools
(3 hrs. CE) Laura Dilly, Ph.D.
This workshop will provide participants with the language and knowledge about general and special education regulations and processes to facilitate transition from the clinic to the school setting. The Georgia Department of Education eligibility criteria for children with various disabilities will be explained and compared to DSM-5 criteria.           

1:00 pm-2:30 pm: Break
-Lunch on Your Own / Pre-registered Box Lunch
-Mix & Mingle with Exhibitors for Door Prizes.
-Lunch and Learn with Amerigroup

2:30 pm-5:30 pm: CE Workshops

13. Striving for Best Ethical Practice: Discussion with the GPA Ethics Committee
(3 hrs. Ethics CE) GPA Ethics Committee Members
The GPA Ethics Committee will describe its process and procedures and how it promotes ethical practice among GPA members. The Committee’s goal is to help members best meet their ethical responsibilities and learn how to avoid the common ethical pitfalls of practice. Cases and trends in the nature of GPA consultations will be discussed.

14. Comprehensive Assessment of Complex Patients: Making Sense of People with Somatic Sensory and Related Disorders
(3 hrs. CE) Ryan E. Breshears, Ph.D.
In this comprehensive workshop, somatic sensory and related disorder literature and its impact on DSM-5 diagnostic classifications will be examined. Clinical vignettes and discussion of evidence-based interventions will enhance participants’ ability to utilize novel assessment strategies and effectively deliver feedback to providers and patients.

15. Aging Mindfully: Positive Psychology & Mindfulness Interventions for Mid-Life & Beyond
(3 hrs. CE) Debra Alvis, Ph.D.
As baby boomers encounter the opportunities and losses of the wisdom years, a unique model of aging emerges. This experiential workshop addresses the changing expectations and needs of the aging population. Participants will observe and practice brief clinical interventions addressing mood concerns and promoting acceptance, awareness, and flexibility. 

16. Internet Gaming and Cybersex Use: The Good, the Bad, and the Clinical
(3 hrs. CE) Corey M. Arranz, Psy.D., ABPP
While the Internet is a valuable source of information, recreation, and connection, it has also contributed to online-mediated psychological and behavioral problems. This workshop will discuss the conceptualization and treatment of two common types of Internet-related issues seen by mental health practitioners: sexual/pornography and online gaming addictions/compulsions. 

Dinner On Your Own Following CE Workshops

Optional Activities
-5:30 pm-7:30 pm: Political Action Committee (PAC) Silent Auction
-6:30 pm: Athens Food Tour
With approximately 96 bars and 60 restaurants, downtown Athens’s culinary and entertainment scene can be a bit tricky to navigate. From swanky restaurants to hole-in-the-wall diners, this tour offers a well-rounded culinary experience. ($44/Person-Tickets must be purchased separately. Link will be sent with registration confirmation. Limited space available.)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

7:30 am: Aerobic Fitness Class with Susan Rudnicki, Ph.D.- Hilton Garden Inn

7:30 am-9:00 am: Continental Breakfast

9:00 am-12:00 pm: CE Workshops

17. Distinguishing BDSM from Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in the Therapist’s Office
(3 hrs. CE) Rachel Anne Kieran, Psy.D. and Elisabeth Sheff, Ph.D., CASA, CSE
BDSM and IPV represent distinct interpersonal experiences that must not be confused. The profound differences in the psychological impact of each is often misunderstood or overlooked.  This session will introduce concepts, discuss techniques for assessing distinction, and challenge participants to examine personal assumptions about diversity in sexual expression. 

18. Culturally-Informed Trauma-Focused Treatment
(3 hrs. Diversity CE) Telsie A. Davis, Ph.D.
Many scholars have critiqued the lack of cultural considerations on psychology’s most researched treatment paradigms.  The presenter will examine the role of cultural factors when conceptualizing and implementing evidence-based trauma-focused treatments.  Participants will also explore the influence of various cultural identities and their intersections on the trajectory of treatment.

19. Management of Side Effects with Psychopharmacologic Drugs
(3 hrs. Psychopharmacology CE) Randall Tackett, Ph.D.
This workshop will evaluate the side effects of psychopharmacologic drugs in adults and adolescents. Attendees will learn the recommendations for managing side effects, strategies for identifying drug interactions, and the efficacy of reporting side effects to increase the safe use of medications.

20. The Treatment of Childhood & Adolescent Obesity: What Really Works
(3 hrs. CE) Dan Kirschenbaum, Ph.D., ABPP
The sixty billion dollar diet industry fuels tremendous confusion about weight control which result in inappropriate recommendations to our clients. Based on a review of recommendations from five expert groups, this workshop will provide participants with guidelines about the causes, consequences, and treatments of obesity, with a special emphasis on children and teenagers.