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2018 Mental Health Symposium


Date: February 06-07, 2018

Location: Holiday Inn, Athens, Georgia

The registration deadline (February 07, 2018) for this event has passed.

In 2014, an estimated 22.5 million Americans aged 12 and older self-reported needing treatment for alcohol or illicit drug use, and 11.8 million adults self-reported needing mental health treatment or counseling in the past year. These disorders are among the top conditions that cause disability and carry a high burden of disease in the United States, resulting in significant costs to families, employers, and publicly funded health systems. By 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide. According to the SAMHSA Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Initiative, drug and alcohol use can lead to other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Addressing the impact of substance use alone is estimated to cost Americans more than $600 billion each year.


The symposium will explore current concepts in in the treatment of mental health disorders as well as advances in pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of mental health and other associated chronic diseases. Sessions will include presentations on whole patient care and women's mental health, complimentary and alternative medicine, and advances in management of schizophrenia.

Current patterns of use and advances in treatment of substance abuse, including prescription and illicit opioids, and benzodiazepines will be presented. A special 3-hours session will meet the new CME requirements for Georgia physicians.

Target Audience

This program is intended for pharmacists, physicians, psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers wishing to improve their knowledge in the prevalence, diagnosis, and current treatment of mental health disorders.

If you are a pharmacist, click here to register!

If you are a phychologist, click here to register!


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

8:30 am to 9:00 am - Registration

9:00 am to 1:00 am - Session I

Natural Therapies in the Management of Psychiatric Disorders
Michael Banov, MD

The Challenge to Define Depression: Post-Partum Depression
Craig Johnson, MD

Motivational Interviewing in the Behavioral Health Setting
Kay Brooks, M, Ed., RPh

Providing Whole Person Care to the Behavioral Health Patient
Lindsey McCoy, PharmD

1:00 pm to 1:30 pm - Networking Lunch

1:30 pm to 5:30 pm - Session II

Management of Psychiatric Medications in Pregnancy & Lactation
Brittany Vickery, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Implications of Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy
Rebecca Stone, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

7:30 am to 8:00 am - Registration

8:00 am to 11:30 am - Session III

CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
Todd J. Woodard, Pharm.D., BCPP, BCPS, BCGP

Identification and Treatment of Substance Use and Misuse
Merrill Norton, PharmD, NCAC II, CCS, CCDP-D

Effective Management of Chronic Pain
Janene Holliday, MD

An Update on Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Georgia
Ken Duke, MBA, RPh

11:30 am to 12:00 pm - Networking Lunch

12:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Session IV

Updates in Management of Attention Deficit Disorders
Todd J. Woodard, Pharm.D., BCPP, BCPS, BCGP

Maternal Substance Abuse and in utero Drug Exposure
Claire Coles, PhD

Managing Cardiometabolic Side Effects of Antipsychotic Medications
Robert O. Cotes, MD

An Update on Treatment of Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia
David Goldsmith, MD

*Agenda subject to change*


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Piedmont Athens Regional and the UGA College of Pharmacy. The Piedmont Athens Regional is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Piedmont Athens Regional designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Special Offer

PsychU dinner meeting for Mental Health attendees! To make a reservation, please contact Walter Lawhorn: / 770.693.1782

Tuesday February 6th, 2018
6:00 PM ET
DePalma’s Italian Café
401 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601

Exploring Non-pharmacological Anti-Inflammatory Strategies in Mental Health: Connecting Science to Clinical Practice
• Review underlying mechanisms of inflammation and understand how they may affect physical and mental health
• Discuss nonpharmacological interventions that may have anti-inflammatory effects
• Explore practical approaches for implementing nonpharmacological interventions

Note: This does not provide any continuing education credit.

Lodging and Transportation

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn. The cost is $104.00/night for 1 King or 2 Doubles. Parking is free! Call 706-549-4433 and request the Mental Health Group Rate (code: MHS) before January 15th to receive the special group rate.

There is also a small number of rooms blocked at the Courtyard Marriott. The cost is $99.00/night for 1 King or 2 Doubles. Parking is free! Call 706-369-7000 and request the 2018 UGA Mental Health Symposium before January 15th to receive the special group rate.

Courses Offered

Course Early Bird Regular Contact Hours/CEUs
2018 Mental Health Symposium - Session I

For physicians(details)

$45.00 $50.00 4.0/0.4
2018 Mental Health Symposium - Session II

For physicians(details)

$45.00 $50.00 3.0/0.3
2018 Mental Health Symposium - Session III

For physicians(details)

$45.00 $50.00 3.0/0.3
2018 Mental Health Symposium - Session IV

For physicians(details)

$45.00 $50.00 4.0/0.4

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