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Master Lecturers

Program Change: 

Seeing Ourselves on the Silver Screen - Therapists in the Movies

(Dr. Erving Polster will not be able to attend the Convention.  We are happy to announce that Dr. Ofer Zur will join us as a Master Lecturer)

Ofer Zur, PhD

Have you ever smiled, grimaced, cried or laughed out loud while pondering the ways in which therapists and therapy are represented in movies? If you have, prepare to do it again and, if you haven't, get ready for some fun! Please join Dr. Zur to watch and review film clips from popular movies.

We most often think about how a therapist can violate the boundaries of a client, but What about Bob? presents a shining example of how clients can violate the boundaries of a therapist. Watching clips from Good Will Hunting, our hearts may fly open as we are moved to thinking about the risk and benefit of physical touch, self-disclosure and even getting in a client's face. Deconstructing Harry will have us laughing at the true, and in this film comically exaggerated, possible complications and perils of home office practice. Our collegial compassion may rise to the surface as we empathize with Meryl Streep in the movie Prime. Poor Meryl illustrates conflicts inherent in unintended dual relationship with a client. There are more movie clips and it should be fun. Meet us at the movies. BYO popcorn.

Ethnic Minority Differences in Mental Health: Is Everyone Equal?

Do various ethnic minority groups such as African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Latinos differ in the prevalence of mental disorders? Is cultural competency a means of addressing mental health disparities? Dr. Sue will examine various beliefs about the psychological well-being of these groups, and critically examine the empirical evidence for disparities in mental health. Finally, he will discuss the complexities in defining and demonstrating the effectiveness of cultural competency, and present elements of cultural competency that do appear to be effective.

Stanley Sue, PhD Stanley Sue, PhD is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Diversity at Palo Alto University. He is also Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis. His research has been devoted to the study of the adjustment of, and delivery of mental health services to, culturally-diverse groups. Dr. Sue has received numerous awards for his research, including the 2003 American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Applied Research Award and the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Psychological Association. He served as 2010 President of the Western Psychological Association and will serve as the 2015 President of APA Division 45.

Contemporary Threat Assessment: Psychologists’ Response to a World at Risk.

Dr. Meloy, who has been conducting research and writing on violence risk and threat assessment for the past twenty-five years, will present the state of the art and science of contemporary threat assessment, drawing on the differences between traditional violence risk assessment and risk for targeted and intended violence. In particular, he will highlight the role of psychologists in this dynamic and end emerging subspecialty.

Reid Meloy, PhD Reid Meloy, PhD is board-certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and consults on criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, a faculty member of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and past president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Meloy has authored or co-authored over two hundred papers in peer-reviewed psychiatric and psychological journals, and has authored, co-authored or edited eleven books, including the International Handbook of Threat Assessment . Dr. Stephen White and he created the WAVR-21, a scientifically based structured professional judgment instrument for targeted workplace violence assessment. Dr. Meloy was a consultant to the counterintelligence division of the FBI for 13 years and has been a technical consultant to the television program CSI since its inception in 2001.

Creating Lasting Change: Emotionally Focused Therapy

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is a powerful, empirically validated couple therapy treatment, and new research indicates that this approach is capable of changing the brain’s response to threat. Drawing on his expertise in the technique, and through the use of both lecture and video presentation, Dr. Woolley will explain how this powerful approach can create lasting safe couple relationships.

Scott R. Woolley, PhD Scott R Woolley, PhD is a Professor and the Systemwide Director of the MFT Masters and Doctoral Programs in the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. He is also a founder and director of the San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy and maintains a private practice focused on EFT couples therapy.  Dr. Woolley has trained therapists in EFT in many areas of the world, including Canada, Chili, Finland, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, and throughout the U.S., and has co-published, co-presented, and co-trained with Dr. Susan Johnson, founder of EFT.


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