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CE Workshop: Conducting Presurgical Psychological Evaluations: Practical, Ethical, and Diversity
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When: Friday, September 6, 2019
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Jennifer DelVentura, PhD, ABPP and Jennifer Steiner PhD, ABPP
Contact: Hannah Steinberg, Marketing Specialist and Administrator

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Workshop Title: Conducting Presurgical Psychological Evaluations: Practical, Ethical, and Diversity Considerations


Workshop Description:

For patients seeking major medical procedures, numerous psychological, social, cognitive, and behavioral factors affect the decision-making process, readiness for treatment, and psychological and medical treatment outcomes. Psychosocial influences range from the impact of psychological symptoms on medical adherence to the availability of social support and coping resources. Psychologists are increasingly involved in assessing patients' appropriateness for bariatric procedures, pain modulation implants, and organ transplants. This workshop will review evidence regarding psychosocial predictors of outcomes, practice-related issues, ethics, and diversity considerations. Coping and resiliency factors for patients and caregivers, as well as for psychologists serving these populations, will also be discussed. 


Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will be able to describe psychological, social, cognitive, and behavioral factors affecting medical decision-making, readiness for major medical interventions, and predictors of treatment outcomes.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify resilience and coping factors for patients and caregivers pursuing major medical procedures, as well as for psychologists serving these populations. 
  3. Attendees will be able to discuss relevant ethical considerations associated with evaluating and treating patients pursuing major medical interventions.
  4. Attendees will be able to describe diversity factors relevant to psychological evaluation and treatment of patients pursuing major medical interventions. 


      CE Hours: 3 


      Level: Intermediate


      About the Presenter:

      Dr. Jennifer DelVentura is a clinical health psychologist in the Atlanta VA Health Care System specializing in behavioral medicine and health psychology interventions. Her current role within an interdisciplinary pain treatment program involves group and individual psychotherapy for veterans with chronic pain. Dr. DelVentura has coauthored 16 peer-reviewed publications focused on pain processing, chronic pain, and diversity variables associated with pain and has presented over 40 papers and posters on these subjects. She also serves as an ad-hoc peer reviewer in the domain of health psychology for several major scientific journals.



      Dr. Jennifer Steiner is a clinical health psychologist in Georgia who specializes in chronic pain management. Dr. Steiner received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2013 and completed a postdoctoral residency with an emphasis in Health Psychology in 2014. She has served as the primary pain psychologist for the Atlanta VA Healthcare system, where she is involved in provision of interventions for individuals with chronic pain, as well as conducting pre-surgical psychological assessments for medical procedures. Dr. Steiner's research background is in psychological correlates and predictors of disability and depression in chronic pain, clinical intervention studies for individuals with fibromyalgia, and coping among families dealing with breast cancer. 


      Registration Costs (per workshop): 

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before August 23, 2019 to receive this rate.)

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

      Registration (After August 23, 2019)

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

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      *If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.

      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Hannah Steinberg via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to August 30, 2019. No refunds will be given after August 30, 2019.

      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.