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Continuing Education Workshops

Fall Continuing Education Workshops 2014






Friday, October 17, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Steven Walfish, Ph.D.



Ethical “Best Practices” for Psychologists in 2014: Decision Making and Resources

It is important for psychologists to constantly review their daily practices and adopt procedures that address contemporary issues and novel dilemmas. The increasing use of technology and social media, changes in health care and reimbursement, and new opportunities to diversify practice confront psychologists with complex decisions about how to practice ethically.

This workshop will cover areas of practice most vulnerable to ethical risk and uncertainty, and provide specific advice for effectively navigating day-to-day practice issues that psychologists frequently face. The workshop will focus on common concerns for the practicing psychologist by providing instruction about how to develop “best practices.” Dr. Walfish will specifically address topics such as effective documentation, the use of technology and electronic health records, social media, considerations involving informed consent, insurance and financial practices, dealing with third parties, protecting confidentiality, and the ethics of evidence-based practice.

Steven Walfish, Ph.D. is in private practice in Atlanta, a partner at The Practice Institute, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Emory University. He is the Editor of Earning a Living Outside of Managed Care: Fifty Ways to Expand Your Practice, co-Editor (with Lisa Grossman) of Translating Psychological Research into Practice, co-author (with Jeff Barnett) of Financial Success in Mental Health Practice: Practical Strategies and Ethical Practice and Billing and Collecting for Your Mental Health Practice: Effective Strategies and Ethical Practice and co-author (with Jeff Barnett and Jeff Zimmerman) of The Ethics of Private Practice: A Practical Guide for Mental Health Clinicians.  He is Past-President of APA Division 42.


Friday, October 17, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Michael D. Banov, M.D.


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Psychopharmacology and the Use of Natural Therapies in the Management of Psychiatric Disorders: Evidence-Based Implications

Natural products for the management of a variety of psychiatric conditions are widely available and heavily marketed to the general population. Surveys have shown that nearly 20% of the public use a natural therapy to treat some medical problem. While some products have undergone double-blind placebo study to demonstrate efficacy and safety, many have not or have been shown to not be helpful or safe.

This workshop will review the differences between dietary supplements, vitamins, and the new, proliferating area of products known as medical foods, which the FDA specifically labels for medical treatment.  The workshop will critically review current research regarding the treatment effects for natural therapies compared with those obtained for psychotropic medications, and will consider treatment implications for anxiety disorders, insomnia, attention deficit disorder, bipolar, memory impairment, and psychotic disorders. Participants will learn how evidence-based natural therapies are integrated into clinical practice. 

Michael D. Banov, M.D. is a triple board-certified Adult, Adolescent, and Addiction Psychiatrist. He is medical director of Northwest Behavioral Medicine and Northwest Behavioral Research Center ( Northwest Behavioral Research Center works with pharmaceutical companies to test new compounds for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, including mood disorders, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, and schizophrenia. He is a certified clinical investigator, having received his certification from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. He is the author of Taking Antidepressants: A Comprehensive Guide to Starting, Staying On, and Safely Quitting Antidepressants.

Continuing Education (C.E.)

Psychologists:  Application for American Psychological Association (APA) approved continuing education credit has been made for all workshops to the Georgia State University (GSU) Counseling and Testing Center.  The GSU Counseling and Testing Center is approved by the APA to offer continuing education credit to psychologists in Georgia. The Banov workshop will fulfill the psychopharmacology requirement, and the Walfish workshop will fulfill the ethics requirement for psychologists. All workshops, including the Storch and Caporino workshops, meet requirements for Area III or Area IV CE credit.

Other Mental Health Clinicians:  All participants in the workshops will receive an attendance certificate. Although the workshops are not formally approved by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists, the hours earned at these workshops may count toward the “related” C.E. hours needed for these disciplines. Please consult with composite board rules to evaluate if these workshops meet C.E. criteria.

Fee Schedule

Early registration for the 9/19/14 workshops is $70 each, and must be postmarked by 9/5/14. Early registration for the 10/17/14 workshops is $70 each, and must be postmarked by 10/3/14. After those dates, the cost for each workshop is $80. The cost for students and psychology postodoctoral fellows is $30 per workshop. Students and postdoctoral fellows need to send in documentation of their student/postdoc status with their registration form and fee.  Space is limited, so please pre-register early.

Cancellation Policy

To cancel, call 404-413-6229.  Refunds will be granted minus a $35 fee per workshop if notification is received at least 7 days before each workshop.  No refunds will be given after that time. For returned checks, a $30 fee will be charged.

New Location this Year!

All workshops will occur at GSU in the main auditorium of Centennial Hall, 100 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303, which is at the corner of Auburn Avenue and Courtlant Street.  Directions to Centennial Hall and parking information can be accessed through the links above.

Continuing Education Workshops