CEU Event April 19

When: April 19, 7:30 a.m.- Noon
Where: The Wink Wynne Lodge at Eagle Ranch, 5500 Union Church Road, Flowery Branch, GA
Why: This is a great way for community psychotherapists to get up to date on new and emerging developments in psychopharmacology.
How: The workshop fee of $95 covers all workshop materials snacks. An optional box lunch is also available to take or enjoy on-site. Sign Up here.

What Will I Learn?

After decades of stalled progress, the field of psychopharmacology is experiencing a resurgence due to the identification of several new drug targets and innovative treatments. Many of these interventions can indirectly influence the therapeutic process by impacting memory, physiologic arousal, and alertness. Additionally, emerging treatments in the field of psychedelics will necessitate the direct integration of psychotherapy with medications.

This continuing education event aims to bring busy community psychotherapists up to date by providing a comprehensive overview of existing medical treatments and introducing the latest developments in the field. The event will be divided into three 1-hour segments, with introductory and review segments serving as bookends for three core sessions that delve into the major categories of psychiatric medications.

These three central sessions will explore interventions for neurotic disorders (such as major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder), psychotic disorders (including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia), and disorders that require treatment with potentially addictive medications (such as substance use disorders, insomnia, and ADHD). Throughout the event, there will be a strong emphasis on reviewing the existing evidence base for established medications, as well as the neuroscientific theories underlying novel interventions that are likely to gain popularity in coming years. The content will be delivered through a combination of concise didactic presentations, team-based learning exercises, clinical case studies, and interactive question and answer sessions.

Onsite workshop materials, continental breakfast, catered lunch, and snacks provided. CEU Eligibility: 3 Core Hours approved with LPCA-GA, GAMFT (not CEU eligible for GA-LCSW).

This 3 Core Hour CEU training will include interaction and built-in breaks to keep you engaged and help you:

  • Identify and categorize the common psychiatric medications used to treat the most frequently encountered psychiatric disorders including MDD, GAD, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, opioid and alcohol use disorders, insomnia disorder, and ADHD.
  • Synthesize information from didactic presentations and case studies to distinguish between newly approved and emerging psychiatric interventions, demonstrating the ability to categorize both based on their potential impact on therapeutic processes.
  • Be capable of designing integrated treatment plans that involve coordinating with prescribers of medications across the range of psychiatric disorders, employing higher-order cognitive skills to adapt these plans to individual patient needs.

Who Should Attend

Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychologists, school counselors, clinical mental health counselors, individuals working with children & families, and graduate students in these fields. Clinical teams are encouraged to attend together.

Event registration open through April 16, 2024 or until capacity reached. No late registrations. If participant cancels registration (no later than April 15), workshop fees will be refunded, but Eventbrite fees are non-fundable.

About the Presenter

Samuel Joshua Dotson, MD

Dr. Dotson is a community psychiatrist who is deeply committed to delivering top-tier education and patient care. His approach seeks to integrate the latest in evidence-based medicine with the time-tested patient-centered approach of Rogerian therapy. Dr. Dotson earned his medical degree from the UNC School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, and he completed his training through the combined Massachusetts General and McLean Hospital adult psychiatry residency program at Harvard Medical School. During this period, he was a member of the clinician educator program where he took on the role of chief resident, overseeing training on the inpatient and community psychiatry services at the largest hospital in downtown Boston. Prior to relocating to Georgia, he spent two years working with Atrium Health and Wake Forest School of Medicine, dividing his time between a psycho-oncology clinic and the largest specialized clinic for psychotic disorders in downtown Charlotte. Currently, he practices as part of Psychiatric Professionals of Georgia and Geode Health, offering outpatient general psychiatry services in Suwanee, GA. Alongside his clinical work, Dr. Dotson holds adjunct professorships with the Wake Forest School of Medicine and Regent University's psychiatric nurse practitioner program. Dr. Dotson's research interests lie in comparative psychopharmacology and examining health disparities among patients with severe mental illnesses. He also serves as an editorial board member for the APA's journal, Psychiatric Services, which is the leading publication in the mental health field on health policy and sociology.

Event Schedule

Note: You must attend all sessions to earn CEU hours

7:30 a.m. Workshop Sign In/Breakfast/Eagle Ranch Tours
  • Attendees please bring license number to ensure we have it correctly listed.
8:30 a.m. Welcome to Eagle Ranch/Program Presentation
8:45 a.m. Session One (1.0 CE Hour)
  • Approaches to Psychopharmacology, Evidence-Base, Drug Categories
  • Neuroses: Unipolar Affective, Anxiety, OCD, Eating and Trauma Disorders
9:45 a.m. Break
9:50 a.m. Session Two (1.0 CE Hour)
  • Psychoses: Bipolar Affective, Schizoaffective, and Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
  • Addictions: Substance Use, Sleep, and Attention-Deficit Disorders
  • Brief Q&A: 5 minutes
10:50 a.m. Break
10:55 a.m. Session Three (1.0 CE Hours)
  • Review: Summary, Q&A and Feedback
11:55 a.m. Wrap Up
  • Participants Trade Evaluations for Program Certificates
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. On-Site Lunch (optional)
  • Box Lunch Available - select lunch option when signing up (you can stay and eat, or take it with you)
  • Eagle Ranch Tours Available

Right Arrow

CEU Event April 19

Eagle Ranch is hosting a special 3-Hour CEU event exploring how new developments in psychopharmacology may impact community therapists.