Education

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 Week's Topic: “First Response”

 

Question: “…you have been seeing this police officer, and while he cannot go back to that form of work, he needs to mobilize for something or anything.”

Dr. Adams replies: ”The common parlance when first meeting someone is “and what do you do?”  Although the temptation is to reply “well, as little as I can,” most individuals respond with their job title, profession or business.  We are seen, and see ourselves, in terms of that which we do to earn a living.

The science of career choice is an interesting one.  There are empirical measures for determining the jobs best suited to an individual’s intellect and motivation.

Those who elect to be in law enforcement, emergency response or firefighting, have specific needs and interests.  They made their career choice based upon a host of variables such as importance, first responder, authority in a crisis and serving the public need.  A firefighter or a police officer is seen very differently in the eyes of society, their families, and themselves. Quite often, they do not, have not and cannot conceive of other jobs as important as their own.

We know that someone exposed to a threat to their life or body integrity are vulnerable to developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Put in the case of first responders, there is an increased probability of developing PTSD as a cumulative impact of witnessing the harm that has befallen others.  Thus, merely repeatedly bearing witness to trauma can itself trigger the disorder.

Further, there are first responders whose injury in the line-of-duty is such that they physically may be unable to return to their work.  “All I ever wanted to be was a cop…all I ever wanted was to be first on the scene to rescue those caught in a blaze.”  And now, after injury, they do not see viable careers.  They may see other careers, independent of salary, as offering less to them emotionally.

Thus, it is not unusual for a police officer, firefighter or EMT to fail to mobilize after an injury if they cannot return to their career.  Instead, they focus upon lingering discomfort, become clinically depressed and not infrequently begin to engage in substance abuse to cope with the permanent impact of injury.

Their distress is often compounded by shame. Their strength and authority have been defining traits of their work if not the core reason for selecting the career.  It is difficult for them to be forthcoming with their fears of an uncertain and potentially unsatisfying future. Needing more psychological support after injury, first responders are likely to actually receive less.

 

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Bio

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.
404.252.6454
404-851-9286 Fax
psychological.com
AtlantaMedicalPsychology@gmail.com

_______________________________________
website: http://psychological.com

Online Referral: http://psychological.com/consultation-form/

Blog: http://psychological.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-David-B-Adams-Atlanta-Medical-Psychology/125163154184131

Linkedin: Dr. David B. Adams

Twitter: @doctoradams

Google Places: https://plus.google.com/+PsychologicalDoctorAdams/posts

_______________________________________
website: http://psychological.com

Online Referral: http://psychological.com/consultation-form/

Blog: http://psychological.com/blog/

Forums: http://psychological.com/discuss/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-David-B-Adams-Atlanta-Medical-Psychology/125163154184131

Linkedin: Dr. David B. Adams

Twitter: @doctoradams

Google Places: https://plus.google.com/+PsychologicalDoctorAdams/posts

________________________________________

Bio

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.
404.252.6454
404-851-9286 Fax
psychological.com
AtlantaMedicalPsychology@gmail.com

_______________________________________

website: http://psychological.com

Online Referral: http://psychological.com/consultation-form/

Blog: http://psychological.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-David-B-Adams-Atlanta-Medical-Psychology/125163154184131

Linkedin: Dr. David B. Adams

Twitter: @doctoradams

Google Places: https://plus.google.com/+PsychologicalDoctorAdams/posts

________________________________________

Bio

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.
404.252.6454
404-851-9286 Fax
psychological.com
AtlantaMedicalPsychology@gmail.com

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