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Criminal Justice Day at UGA  and
Minimizing Psychopharmacological Errors: A Proactive Approach for Mental Health Providers – 3.0 CEUs  

UGA Griffin Campus, Griffin, GA    Friday November 14, 2014    8:00am - 4:30pm

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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. 

Criminal Justice Day at UGA

And there is a big bonus to our Minimizing Psychopharmacological Errors workshop -- CJ Day at UGA. CJ Day at UGA begins at 8 a.m. and runs to 1:00 p.m. and features sessions that focus on the theme After Mass Incarceration: Charting a Path to the Future The CJ Day at UGA conference will cover topics such as Georgia's new criminal justice reform initiatives, new directions in prosecutions (especially drug offenses), evidence-based strategies to reduce reoffending, innovative practices for strengthening inmates' parental ties, the toll of human trafficking on communities, and forensic science and the interdisciplinary nature of criminal justice.  This conference is free of charge. You get two outstanding programs for the price of one. CJ Day schedule,  topics and presenters are as follows:

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.
Registration - Coffee and Danish Provided
8:15 -8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Overview of the Day
8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Changing the System to Improve Outcomes for Kids and Community
Presenter: Hon. Judge Steven Teske 
 9:30 - 10:05a.m.

New Directions in Prosecutions, especially Drug Offenses

Presenter: Attorney Scott Johnston

10:05 - 10:15a.m.
Refreshment Break
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Human Trafficking: Modern-Day Slavery
Presenter: Alia O. El-Sawi
10:45- 11:15a.m. The State of Recidivism in Spalding County, GA
Presenter: Attorney Theodore Harris
11:15- 11:30a.m.
Refreshment Break
 11:30 - noon

Reaching Children of Incarcerated Parents

Presenter: Andrea Shelton 


Panel Presentation: Forensics and the Interdisciplinary nature of CJ

Moderator: LTC Pamela McKenzie-Rundle 

12:45- 1:00pm  Closing Remarks
1:00 - 1:30p.m.
Lunch on Your Own
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Minimizing Psychopharmacological Errors: A Proactive Approach for Mental Health Providers - 3 CEUs

Dr. Perry Buffington 

Workshop Location and Directions

The workshops will be on the UGA Griffin Campus, 1109 Experiment Street, Student Learning Center, Rooms 104 and 215, 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 - 1:00PM  CJ Day at UGA-  After Mass Incarceration: Charting a Path to the Future 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 215
Instructor: Perry W. Buffington, Ph.D.

How To Register:

To register for the afternoon workshop only, Minimizing Psychopharmacological Errors  ($79) - click here

To register for the entire day- morning and afternoon sessions ($79) - click here

 To register for CJ Day at UGA morning sessions only (FREE) - click here

By mail or fax:  Click here  to download and print our registration form.  Fill out and mail your registration and payment to the Office of Continuing Education, The University of Georgia, Griffin Campus, Stuckey Conference Center, Room 125, 1109 Experiment St., Griffin, GA 30223.  To register by fax, fax your completed registration form to 770-233-6180.  Payment is by credit card only when faxing in your registration form. 
By telephone:  Our phone number is 770-229-3477.  When registering by phone, payment is by credit card only.


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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