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Friday, April 15, 2016 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Master Lecture: Using White Racial Identity Theory to Avoid Re-Victimizing Survivors of Racial Trauma

White people in the United States are reluctant to talk about the effects of race and racism even when the racial climate appears placid. Yet in the volatile current climate, systemic racial violence against mostly Black boys and men, and Black girls and women, as well as other people of Color or impoverished status is occurring on at least a weekly basis. Effective mental health service providers must be able to acknowledge racial trauma and ethnoviolence as real and overcome their own reluctance to talk about race so that they can treat racial trauma symptoms. In their formal training, most therapists were not exposed to a language for understanding their own interpretations of racial experiences across racial groups. Yet without self-understanding there can be no empathy toward "the other." Consequently, there can be no successful treatment of racism engendered mental health problem problems. In this address, racial identity theory will be used to assist clinicians in understanding their own reactions to clients' races and race-related concerns.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn to differentiate race from culture
  • To learn to recognize the dimensions of White racial identity
  • To understand the experience of racial trauma
Janet Helms, PhD, Boston College, Augustus Long Professor of Measurement, Counseling Psychology; Director, Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, has written over sixty empirical and theoretical articles and four books on topics of racial identity and cultural influences on assessment and counseling practice.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 9 am - 10:30 am

Practice in the Age of Telepsychology

This program looks at the increasingly dynamic field of telepsychological practice.  Panelists will provide an overview of the key principles identified in the APA Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology -- developed jointly by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of State and Provincial Psychological Boards (ASPPB) and the Trust.  Presenters will outline risk management considerations for telepractice, examine the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) to facilitate telepractice across state lines and highlight relevant laws, regulations and other policies relating to issues of informed consent, insurance coverage mandates, and privacy and security considerations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify critical professional, legal and ethical issues in providing telepsychological services as outlined in the APA Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology
  • Discuss and consider potential regulatory mechanisms considered by licensing boards for overseeing telepsychology practice, including interjurisdictional practice, to ensure patient access and safety
  • Discuss and consider potential regulatory mechanisms considered by licensing boards for overseeing telepsychology practice, including interjurisdictional practice, to ensure patient access and safety
    Deborah C. Baker, JD is the Director, Legal & Regulatory Policy at the Office of Legal & Regulatory Affairs, APA Practice Directorate - American Psychological Association

    Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 11 am - Noon

    Psychologists Expansing Role in the Affordable Care Act Era: Public Payers, Health Care Delivery Programs, and Ethnic Minority Populations

    With passage of the Affordable Care Act comes Medicaid (Medi-cal) expansion to all low income people and subsidies for purchase of private insurance on exchanges for persons with incomes below 400 of the Federal Poverty Line. Mental health and substance abuse coverage are included as an essential benefit, and must be provided at "parity" with general health care coverage. Furthermore, incentives favor case-finding and screening in primary care and management of mental health conditions in  team-based approaches. These trends are well under way, and they present special opportunities for provision of care to ethnic minority populations. Psychologists, because of their training, are already well prepared to benefit as professionals, and can benefit even more by learning more about organization and financing of delivery systems.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe how to better create a safe environment for withdrawn men in couple therapy.
    • Use an oral attachment history to identify and move through emotional blocks.
    • Help withdrawn men access, identify with, value, and integrate disowned needs and aspects of self and identify when it is appropriate in therapy to have men turn and engage directly with their partners.
    Lonnie Snowden, PhD
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