Lectures, Seminars & Workshops

Lectures, Seminars and Workshops available to the business and professional community.

EducationEducation: Currently Available Topics

  • Psychological Aspects of Work-Related Injury
  • Mood Disorders Affecting Physical Pain
  • Personality Types in Medical Management
  • Overcoming Fear of Re-Injury
  • Catastrophic InjuriesSomatoform Disorders - Somatoform Pain and Conversion
  • Factitious disorders
  • Depression and Anxiety Complicating Recovery from Work Injury
  • Factors in Lumbar, Cervical & Carpal Tunnel Injuries
  • Posttraumatic and Acute Stress Disorders
  • Pre- and Post Surgical Cases: Psychological Complications and Solutions
  • The Aging Injured Worker
  • Personal Injury: Exacerbated, Exaggerated or Fabricated

Seminars are typically scheduled on Friday mornings, although alternate accommodations can be made for regional, annual, lunch and learn, or other special presentation needs.

To arrange a seminar, call Atlanta Medical Psychology at 404-252-6454 to determine date availability and coordinate media needs. Past audiences include:

  • The Georgia Board of Workers' Compensation
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Georgia Association of Occupational Medicine
  • Georgia Nursing Association
  • Risk management associations
  • Nurse case management companies
  • Employers and insurers

Case Management Update 

This Weeks Topic: “Do No Harm“

Question: "Honestly, we have an unwritten policy to disallow psychic claims..."

Dr. Adams replies: The term "psychic", by definition, means phenomena that are inexplicable by natural laws or relating to the soul or mind. Applying that term to the psychological aftermath of injury has always seemed inapplicable and inappropriate to what is clinically occurring to those in pain.

The disallowing of treatment for psychological claims may, in some cases, be wholly reasonable if those offering to treat a patient are either inexperienced, inadequately trained or simply unskilled and incompetent.

The offer to deal with the psychological upheaval of an injured can be noble. It can also be naive.

Questions that must be addressed include:

a. Is the caregiver sufficiently trained to render an accurate diagnosis on the patient or, instead, reliant upon pity, compassion and caring, losing clinical objectivity in the process? If unable to diagnose, then treatment proceeds in questionable directions.

b. Is the individual skilled in a very specific technique, approach or process which is then broadly applied to all cases with inflexibility? The combination of (a) and (b) may not only be an example of incompetence, but can represent a danger to the patient since true needs are not being addressed.

c. Does the clinician involved have a pattern of prescribing multiple medications, rarely spending much time with the patient, and failing to coordinate these medications with the treating surgeon or pain management physician?

d. Does s/he who offered to treat the psychological aspects of the injury fall prey to addressing the patient's longstanding family, social, and occupational problems that are, at best, tangentially related to the injury itself?

e. Does the clinician fail to recognize his/her own emotional responses (Cf. "countertransference") and become embroiled in the non-clinical (legal and economic) aspects of the patient's injury case?

Many of these errors in judgment are not apparent until treatment has begun. Thus, it is essential that all those treating the psychological aspects of an injury case have a clear-cut treatment plan with timeframe and goals. This should be a written plan of care, and deviations from that plan without explanation should be of appreciable concern.



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Dr. David B. Adams is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology (ABPP) and specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and pain disorders in adults.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Adams consults to physicians, attorneys, employers and insurers in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, posttraumatic stress disorder, disability determination and psychological complications in work-related injuries. He performs stimulator-implant-candidacy evaluations.

Dr. Adams is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in Psychology, a member of the American Psychosomatic Society, the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry, and a platinum member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

He is Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and it's Division of Psychologists in Independent Practice, the Division of Psychotherapy; the Society of Clinical Psychology, the American Academy of Pain Management and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Adams is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and the University of Alabama with a postdoctoral fellowship from the Institute of Clinical Training of the Devereux Foundation (Philadelphia).

Dr. Adams is the author of greater than sixty articles on the impact of psychological functioning upon claims of disability. He is a well-known presenter of seminars and regional workshops, addressing the psychological aspects of physical disease and injury.

His practice is located in The Medical Quarters, adjacent to Northside, Scottish Rite and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospitals in north Atlanta.

Atlanta Medical Psychology
5555 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, N.E.
The Medical Quarters - Suite 251
Atlanta, GA 30342-1703.
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