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Master Lecturers

Enchantment: A Sparkplug for Therapeutic Growth

Dr. Polster will share experiences from a career that spans an epochal 65-year evolution of psychotherapy. He will highlight the enchantment created by therapy concepts that fuse simple human relationship with a technology of attention management. He will show how this combination may become a quasi-hypnotic opening to a conversational fluidity that frees people to embrace new experience. He will provide ample illustration and also demonstrate how this works by conducting a live therapy session.

Erv Polster, PhD  Erving Polster, PhD is director of the Gestalt Training Center-San Diego and associate clinical professor in the department of psychiatry of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. With his late wife, Miriam Polster, he is the author of Gestalt Therapy Integrated: Contours of Theory and Practice. A true master of Gestalt Therapy, he shares his rare blend of wisdom and humor from five decades as a psychotherapist.

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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