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:  “Bad Candidates“

Question: "We have an injured worker for whom they are seeking authorization for a stimulator implant trial..."

Dr. Adams replies: "When it became mandated that all patients seeking implant trial (whether pump or stimulator) be psychologically evaluated, I was pleased yet surprised.

Pleased that there was an awareness that each patient has different psychological capacity to tolerate an implant trial. And I was surprised that anyone noticed that this was true.

Between the pain and the procedure exists the patient. While the pain may be explained, and the procedure understood, the patient can constitute a great unknown.

By far, the most psychodiagnostic common outcome prior to an implant trial is that the patient has no co-existing mental disorder that would preclude his/her candidacy and that the patient is a fully informed and motivated.

However, here are some important exceptions:

  1. The pain management practice seeking authorization for the trial may have attempted to bypass the psychological examination in the past by administering a brief psychological test and is now referring the patient after having been been admonished by the insurer.
  2. The pain management practice seeking authorization for the trial has the patient him/herself schedule the psychological appointment
  3. The patient then fails to show for the appointment, never having emotionally commited at the time of making the call
  4. The patient arrives and is bewildered as to why s/he should consider the procedure which s/he does not understand
  5. The patient complies with the psychological evaluation requirement but makes it clear, during the evaluation, that s/he is not even remotely willing to consider implantation
  6. Although the patient is a reasonable candidate for implantation, there are co-existing factors, financial and social, which will complicate complying with the initial trial.
  7. The patient is a reasonable candidate but has family and friends who are discouraging the procedure.
  8. Although there are educational DVDs available from implant manufacturers, this audio-video material is either not provided to the patient or is not reviewed by the patient.

The true gap that exists is between the doctor and the patient, the former wanting to perform the procedure and the latter...just not so sure.



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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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