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Minimizing Psychopharmacological Errors: A Proactive Approach for Mental Health Providers – 3.0 CEUs  

UGA Griffin Campus, Griffin, GA    DATE TBD

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Welcome Mental Health Professional!

The University of Georgia is offering an outstanding workshop entitled “Minimizing Psychopharmacological Errors: A Proactive Approach for Mental Health Providers.” This workshop is an update on current psychopharmacological issues facing mental health practitioners and on new research, practices, and therapies to deal with those problems. You will interact with our excellent presenter and your colleagues, receive the latest information, establish additional contacts within the profession, and tweak and improve your current practices.   

Workshop Description

The scope of psychopharmacological and other medication errors is an often under-appreciated sub-area in the total domain of medical mistakes; and yet by some estimates the number of medication errors harm 1.5 million people each year at a conservative cost of $3.5 billion a year.  Today, it is incumbent upon all practitioners to be aware of and to address adequately the prevalence of prescription errors and to develop a proactive stance toward minimizing them.  This area of "medication risk reduction" has, more than ever before, found itself a forefront concern in our profession, especially as we strive for professional sustainability.  Recently, The U.S. Pharmacopeia's Safe Medication use Expert Committee estimated that medication errors are the result of communication problems, knowledge deficit, and inadequate monitoring.  As a result, this committee strongly advised the need for better client education as the mechanism by which medication errors can be reduced.  Mental health providers, given their penchant for interviewing and education, are in a prime proactive position to identify areas of client misunderstanding concerning medication administration, compliance, and adverse effects.  Knowing which questions to ask is the focus of this workshop; the result could be an identification and reduction of psychopharmacological/medical errors improving the overall quality of care for our patients.

This workshop is offered in the afternoon (1:30 – 4:30 p.m.) and satisfies the Bi-annual Continuing Education Requirements for licensed Georgia psychologists under Area III, Workshops and Institutes and is approved Georgia Psychological Association for 3.0 CEUs. See Registration information below. To register, click here .

Psych Day at UGA

And there is a big bonus to our Minimizing Psychopharmacological Errors workshop -- Psych Day at UGA. Psych Day at UGA begins at 8 a.m. and runs to 12:15 p.m. and features a workshop that focuses on the theme of Future Trends Today.  Future Trends Today will cover topics such as the future of psychopharmacology, the evolution of correctional mental health, and narcissism in contemporary culture. This workshop is free of charge. You get two outstanding workshops for the price of one. Psych Day schedule,  topics and presenters are as follows:

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration - Coffee and Danish Provided
8:30 -8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Overview of the Day
8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
The Future of Psychopharmacology
Presenter: Perry W. Buffington, Ph.D.
 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.

Accountability Today: Measuring Outcomes through the DLA-20TM
(Daily Living Activities©Functional Assessments)
Presenter: Willa Premanes, M.Ed., M.A.

 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
The Evolution of Correctional Mental Health: Past - Present - Future Trends
Presenter: Jim DeGroot, Ph.D.
10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
 Speak Up TODAY! Advocacy, Connectedness, and Openness to Change at All States of Your Career Journey
Presenter: Andrea Kozak Miller, Ph.D.
11:15 - Noon
Narcissism in Contemporary Culture
Presenter: W. Keith Campbell, Ph.D.
Noon - 12:15 p.m.
Wrap-up and Closing
12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Minimizing Psychopharmacological Errors: A Proactive Approach for Mental Health Providers - 3 CEUs

Workshop Location and Directions

The workshops will be on the UGA Griffin Campus, 1109 Experiment Street, Student Learning Center, Room 104, Griffin, GA 30223. Directions:  Click for directions to the UGA Griffin Campus. You may register for one or both of the workshops.

Workshop Registration Fees and Schedule Information

FREE Morning Session
8 AM - 12:15 PM: Psych Day at UGA: Future Trends Today is free.
$79 Half Day PM Workshop

PM Session: 1:30-4:30 PM: Minimizing Psychopharmacological Errors, 3 CEUs; $79
Location: Student Learning Center, Room 104
Instructor: Perry W. Buffington, Ph.D.

How To Register: 5 Easy ways

1.    Online:  Click online registration to register online .  Payment is by credit card only.

2.    By mail: Fill out, print and mail your registration form (PDF form) and payment to the Office of Continuing Education, The University of Georgia, Griffin Campus, 1109 Experiment St., Griffin, GA 30223. Payment is by personal or cashier's check or money order. Do not send cash.

3.    By fax: Fill out, print and fax your registration form (PDF form) to 1-770-233-6180. Payment is by credit card only.

4.    In Person: Come to our office. We are located in the Stuckey Building, Room 125, on the Griffin Campus. Business hours are 8 am-5 pm, M-F. Payment is by personal or cashier's check, money order, credit card or cash.

5.    By telephone: Our telephone number is 1-770-229-3477. Credit card payment only if registering by phone.


Meet Your Workshop Presenter

Dr. Perry BuffingtonPerry W. Buffington, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and his postdoctoral masters in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Buffington is currently professor, Department of Psychology, University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University, teaching psychopharmacology.  Dr. Buffington has completed his residencies in psychopharmacology and passed the the Pharmacology Examination for Psychologists (PEP).  With over twenty-five years of private, consulting practice, Dr. Buffington is also the author of numerous popular-oriented psychology books; syndicated newspaper columnist for Universal Press; contributing editor for Delta Air Lines' in-flight magazine, Sky; and visiting instructor for The Disney Institute.  His current interests concern minimizing psychopharmacologic errors, drug adherence, and encouraging psychologists to become more proactive in the prescribing process. 


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