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CE Workshop: Ethical Considerations and Introductory of Psychopharmacology for the Non-Prescriber
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When: 9:00am-4:00pm (Break: 12-1pm)
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd.
Suite 220, Building 13, Second Floor
Atlanta, Georgia  30324
United States
Presenter: Kenneth Carter, PhD, ABPP
Contact: Amy Han Dietrich, Director of Continuing Education and Communications
(404) 634-6272

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*The location will potentially move to a nearby larger venue if more than 10 people are wait listed.

If you are like a lot of therapists, many of your clients are taking psychotropic medicines prescribed by a number of different health care professionals. These medications stream in from psychiatrists, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and, inevitably, there are always those clients who have no idea from where they got the prescriptions or the reasons behind them. Despite who wrote the script, it is your responsibility to help to coordinate their care. This can be tricky, because therapists need to be well-versed in the language of medications and have the skills to communicate not only to clients about medications (that is culturally sensitive and easily understood), but to prescribers as well.

This one-day seminar focuses on providing practical and useful information about antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and medication for insomnia, as well as the tools to handle the ethical decisions that surround psychopharmacology. Familiarize yourself with appropriate aspects of various ethics guidelines and examine how those guidelines might apply to your practice. You will leave knowing how they work, as well as the benefits and side effects associated with each. If you know how these work, you’ll be able to understand nearly all of the rest. Cheat sheets for future reference will be available.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain why (and what) you should know about psychopharmacology
  2. Discuss the most frequent questions your clients and prescribers will have about medication
  3. Explain how to be ethical when discussing medications with clients and prescribers
  4. Communicate more effectively to your clients about medicines
  5. Describe the common questions frequently encountered by non-prescribing mental health care professionals regarding medications
  6. Examine why non-prescribing mental health care professionals should be knowledgeable about basic psychopharmacology
  7. List actions assumed to be beyond the scope of practice and not appropriate for non-prescribing therapists
  8. Explain how the most common antidepressants, anti-anxiety, and insomnia medicines work

    CE: 6 (3-Ethics and 3-General) hours
    *You must attend the entire workshop to receive any credit.

    Level: Introductory

      About the Presenter:

      Dr. Kenneth Carter is a Professor of Psychology at Oxford College of Emory University, where he is actively involved in research and teaching. Dr. Carter has been a psychotherapist and researcher for more than 20 years.

      Dr. Carter received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1993. In 2007, he finished a postdoctoral masters in clinical psychopharmacology from Farleigh Dickenson University.

      Before joining the faculty at Emory University, Dr. Carter served as a Senior Assistant Research Scientist in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is actively engaged in translating research in psychology to everyday language, and has appeared in magazines such as mental floss and Readers Digest, and well as on news programs such as Connect With Kids and NBC’s Today show.

      Dr. Carter is a well-received presenter of the Georgia Psychological Association, and the association is excited to have him back!

      Registration Costs:

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before October 1, 2016 to receive this rate.)

      • $130: GPA Members
      • $155: Non-members
      • $35: GPA Student Members

      Registration (After October 1, 2016)

      • $140: GPA Members
      • $165: Non-members
      • $45: 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 October 8, 2016. No refunds will be given after October 8, 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.