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Saturday Educational Sessions

8:30 am -10:30 am (2 CE credits)


Plenary: Effecting Change in Your Communities - the Hard Work of Making a Difference

To improve people’s lives, their health, and their environment
involves changing communities from without and within. This is an exercise in patience, persistence, and persuasion. Change leaders are willing to share their energy and their experience, working with community members and outside experts over extended periods of time to improve in many different ways and in a variety of situations. They bring inspiration to this challenging but rewarding task and persist in the face of seemingly impossible odds, bringing “smart power” to the work that they do. We will hear from three individuals who have used their knowledge and their roles to make changes wherever they felt their help was wanted and needed.

Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Episcopal Bishop of California;
Greg Herek, PhD, Professor Dept. of Psychology, UC Davis;
Tania Israel, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Counseling, Clinical and School of Psychology, UC Santa Barbara

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify key elements necessary for real social change.
  • Discuss the leadership qualities required in individuals active in significant social change.
  •  Discuss the unique nature of working inside communities (geographical and cultural) to make lasting and positive change

11:00 am -12.30 pm (1.5 CE credits)

Master Lecture: From the Blatant to the Concealed to the Deliberate: Power, Privilege, and Race in the 21st Century

As our nation demographically represents a multitude of cultures, our ability to engage in thoughtful and meaningful discussions on cultural issues remains ever present. Nowhere is this more salient than in our work as psychologists, whether it means understanding our own insecurities when discussing cultural issues or when facilitating these dialogues when helping others. Dr. Gallardo will address the current literature on color-blind racial ideology and the major themes that surfaced when 20 psychologists examined their own cultural influences and explored how this examination affected their personal and professional lives. The results provide insight into the importance of understanding our own cultural background as a way to enhance our multicultural dialogues, both personally and professionally

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of understanding the rationale and limitations of color-blind racial ideologies (CBRI).
  • Compare models for understanding and discussing their own and others cultural identities.
  • Define Cultural Humility and its benefits for engaging in difficult dialogues. 

  Miguel Gallardo, PsyD is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Aliento, The Center for  Latina/o Communities at Pepperdine University.
Dr. Gallardo has published refereed journal articles, books and book chapters in the areas of multicultural psychology,Latina/o psychology,and ethics and evidence-based practices.He is the editor of Developing Cultural Humility: Embracing Race, Privilege and Power, published in 2013.

Subpoenas and Deposition Testimony: An Overview for Practitioners

Non-forensic psychologists are encountering records and deposition subpoenas at increasing rates. This presentation will involve a discussion of the civil discovery process and a review of how discovery occurs in a civil lawsuit. Examples of interrogatories, and records and deposition subpoenas will be provided, and the distinction between formal court orders and subpoenas will be reviewed, with a focus on how psychologists can prepare for deposition testimony as a treating expert (as opposed to an expert witness). Other areas that will be addressed include the types of subpoenas one might receive, possible responses, and aspects of asserting or waiving a privilege; the role in California of the “Notice to Consumer” in subpoenas, and its impact on privilege; the deposition process, and the practical aspects of meeting challenges in that context. These will include ethical and practical dimensions of protecting treatment relationships, whether the professional can receive payment for professional services as a non-retained expert, and the primary role of fact witnesses and treating experts (as opposed to retained experts). 

Daniel O. Taube, JD, PhD, Risk Management Consultant, The Trust, Rockville, MD, & Professor, CSPP-San Francisco, CA (on leave)

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify two distinct types of subpoenas in civil cases.
  • Explain the distinction between court orders and subpoenas
  • In addition to providing basic information about these aspects of the legal process, this presentation will provide guidance for practitioners' about how to navigate these legal demands

Advocacy in Action: Using Psychology to Advance Public Policy

In order for there to be effective change at reducing systematic and social oppression for marginalized populations, psychologists need to receive proper education and competency training specifically related to social justice advocacy. This workshop is to provide clinicians, researchers, and students with a practical learning experience to understand how to utilize principles of psychological practice and research in advancing public policy and social justice reform. Participants will be learn specific methods to structure advocacy platforms to reach diverse target audiences. Participants will be guided through advocacy case examples to highlight successful advocacy efforts, methods for navigating potential obstacles, and ethical concerns when embarking on public policy at the grassroots, local, state, and national levels.  

Alette Coble-Temple, PsyD, Core Faculty, JFK University, Pleasant Hill, CA

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify two primary functions of advocacy in the role of psychologists.
  • Be able to create an advocacy platform grounded in psychological research.
  • Understand how to present one's advocacy platform to local, state, and federal officials.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder has serious implications for child development. This session will focus on the neuropsychological assessment tools used in identifying neurobiological domains that are affected and identifying a neuropsychological profile that will assist in determining the expected pattern of deficits in children with prenatal alcohol exposure. 

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify current neuropsychological assessments used for identifying the neurobiological domains and neuropsychological profiles for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
  • Identify common intellectual and/or developmental deficits in individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
  • Identify three potential areas of symptom improvement.

Rachyll Dempsey, PsyD, Private Practice, Richmond, CA ;Kathrynn Mabalot, MS, Doctoral Student, University of San Francisco; Katrina Colby, MS, Doctoral Student, Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (1 CE Credit)

Standing Up or Sitting it Out: The Role of Organized Psychology in Social Justice Policy

The California Psychological Association, unlike some other professional associations, has a track record of involvement in important issues related to human rights and social justice.  Legislation related to the civil rights of the LGBT community, same-sex marriage, and immigration are issues that CPA has been actively engaged in over the past several years.  CPA is also mindful and watchful of legislation in other states such as the anti-LGBT “conscience clause” (and related) legislation that has (a) impacted practice by allowing licensed psychologists to refuse to serve or refer clients who need treatment that goes against the provider’s deeply held religious beliefs; and (b) impacted training by permitting graduate students to refuse to provide treatment they hold to be contrary to their religious beliefs. We will review the CPA policy for involvement in such issues, and discuss the role that psychologists and psychology can play in bringing psychological science to these debates. 

Jo Linder-Crow, PhD is the Chief Executive Officer of the California Psychological Association and the CPA Foundation.  Jo serves on the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice of the American Psychological Association Practice Organization and is on the Executive Committee of the Council of Executives of State and Provincial Psychological Associations.  She also serves on the Board of Director of the California Society of Association Executives, where she Chaired the Professional Development Committee for several years and currently Chairs the Audit Committee and the Awards Committee.  Dr. Linder-Crow was named the 2016 Outstanding Association Executive by CalSAE.

Douglas C. Haldeman, Ph.D., is Chair of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and is the President-Elect of the California Psychological Association.  With a background of 30 years in private practice, Dr. Haldeman has also served in a variety of capacities in the American Psychological Association, including a term on the APA Board of Directors, three terms on the Board of the Insurance Trust and Chair of the Council Leadership Team. An APA Fellow of 12 Divisions, his lengthy record of scholarly publication encompasses the competent and ethical treatment of LGBT and other marginalized groups and the relationship between politics, culture and mental health.  He has lectured on these and other topics all over the world, as well as several guest appearances on the Today Show and Good Morning America. He speaks four languages, and annually engages in humanitarian relief work with refugees in Sweden.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the rationale for organized psychology’s involvement in social justice issues
  • Discuss the role that psychological research can play in social justice debates
  • Discuss the pros and cons of CPA’s involvement in the development of social policy

The Effect of Gender on Male Depression and Suicide: Diagnostic Issues and Integrative Therapeutic Approaches

Research demonstrates there are gender differences on depression, psychosocial risk factors, help seeking behavior, coping and suicide. Men often present atypical externalizing symptoms of depression, such as anger, substance abuse and risk-taking behaviors. Due to masculine gender norms, which emphasize independence and avoidance of vulnerable feelings, men are less likely to seek psychotherapy, more likely to isolate themselves, and more likely to suppress affect and attempt to resolve depression on their own. Through extensive case studies and discussion of contemporary research, participants will explore how masculine socialization norms and family of origin contribute to male depression and a higher rate of successful suicide. The presenter will describe the the effect of masculine socialization on depression and suicide and propose a gender specific and integrative therapeutic approach.

Bruce H. Feingold, PhD, Private Practice, Walnut Creek, CA

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand gender differences on depression, diagnosis,  help seeking behavior, coping mechanisms, psychosocial risk factors and suicide 
  • Utilize the  theories of depression and suicide by Maltsberger and Joiner to evaluate suicide risk, understand the affective, cognitive, physical and interpersonal aspects of male depression and suicide and make therapeutic interventions 
  • Make gender specific and integrated therapeutic interventions with men coping with depression and suicide 

Exploring Competence for Outpatient Psychotherapists Treating Eating Disorders

Without a well-known and psychotherapeutic field-wide accepted definition of what constitutes minimum eating disorder treatment competence, psychotherapists are often left to decide for themselves about whether or not to treat this population. Given the seriousness of eating disorders as psychological disorders with potential physical consequences, scope of competence is especially important when working with patients with eating disorders on an outpatient basis. Through diverse case vignettes, the presenters will illuminate concerns and resources for each of the competency domains, some of which are outside of a psychologists’s traditional scope of practice, and engage participants in a lively discussion about the complexity of eating disorder treatment.  

Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD, CEDS, Director, Eating Disorder Therapy LA, Los Angeles
Alli Spotts-De Lazzer, MA, MFT, Private Practice, Los Angeles

Participants will be able to:

  • Name, locate and assess two published eating disorder guidelines
  • Identify two eating disorder knowledge domains that tend to fall outside of a psychotherapist’s traditional scope of practice but are recommended for competent care in the treatment of eating disorders and one corresponding resource to bolster knowledge in each of these domains.
  • Describe three challenges of and effective methods for working in multidisciplinary care teams and transitioning clients to/from different levels of care.

Cognitive Effects of Marijuana Use: Seeing Through the Smoke

Using current research results, this session will explore the impact of cannabis use, including the compelling evidence for cognitive deficits secondary to chronic cannabis use, particularly in relation to use at an earlier age of use and greater frequency of use over time.  The equivocal findings in adult-onset chronic cannabis use will also be discussed, including studies that show small effects and others that show none, and the possible causes of such discrepancies.

Dr. Rayna Hirst is an assistant professor and Director of Neuropsychology at Palo Alto University. Her research focuses on the cognitive effects of chronic marijuana use, as well as factors that contribute to improved methodological rigor and the valid assessment of this population. Other research interests include the effects of health behaviors on cognitive functioning across the lifespan, including sport-related concussion and aging

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the effects of early cannabis use as demonstrated by research
  • Discuss current research related to the impact of continuing and frequent use of cannabis following early onset of its use
  • Discuss the possible reasons for discrepancies in the research on the effects of the adult use of cannabis.

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm (1.5 CE Credits)

The Neurology of Habit and Behavior Change

People rarely wake up and spontaneously commit to initiating new behavior. And even when they do, few maintain new behaviors for very long without relapsing. This highly interactive session will introduce an individual change model (Enlighten, Encourage and Enable) that can help facilitate successful adoption and maintenance of new behaviors. The session will include a discussion of the important questions related to change such as (1) How long does it take to change a habit (an introduction to neuroplasticity)? (2) The use of implementation intentions to facilitate habit change (Why quitting may be beneficial to your health, and (3) Examples of tools and techniques to enhance readiness to change and goal setting. 

Kenneth Nowack, PhD, President and Chief Research Officer, Envisia Learning, Inc., Santa Monica, CA

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key barriers to successful behavior change.
  • Apply a three step individual change model (Enlighten, Encourage and Enable) in coaching talent to successfully change behaviors
  • Apply implementation intentions and other models/techniques using triggers to enhance behavior change efforts.

Working with Shame among Gender and Sexual Minority Clients within the Context of Islamic Culture 

The intersectionality of Islam and Gender and Sexual Minority (GSM) individuals has been a taboo topic, which has led many individuals within the gay Muslim community to perceive a need to choose one identity or the other. With the internet and immigration of the Muslim world across the globe, this seems to be an appropriate moment in time where the emergence of GSM identities can become more visibly engaged in the conversations of others and create identities rooted in pride of religion and the uniqueness of a GSM identify.  This session will include case studies and interactive discussion to explore this much neglected topic.

Khashayar Farhadi-Langroudi, PsyD, Postdoctoral fellow, South San Francisco, CA
Matthew D. Skinta, PhD, Core Clinical Faculty , Private Practice, Palo Alto, CA

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss intersectionality of Islam and GSM.
  • Explore the impact of shame on clients with intersectional identity - Muslim and GSM.
  • Evaluate minority Stress and the Psychological Inflexibility.

South Asian Migrants- Unpacking the Mental Health Stigma Through Culturally Informed Practices

The political climate worldwide has resulted in an unprecedented refugee crisis, and approximately 27.7% of Asian immigrants to the US are from South Asia. Viewed as model minorities, the needs of the South Asian communities, often go unaddressed and clinical interventions applied without the necessary unique cultural lens appear to adversely impact treatment outcomes. This session will include a discussion of the historical, cultural and geographic aspects of this community and the unique psychological factors to consider when serving the mental health needs of the South Asian migrant community. Issues and challenges surrounding first and second generation migrants including cultural identity crisis, inter-generational conflicts, and trauma in respects to immigration will be highlighted. Using examples from their practice, the presenters will discuss protective factors for this community and how they can be utilized in the therapeutic settings (e.g. collaborating with cultural brokers, religious leaders in treatment, and family members.


Nithya Narayan, PsyD, Staff Psychologist, Portia Bell Hume Behavioral Health and Training Center, Fremont , CA
Preet K. Sabharwal,PsyD,Mental Health Clinician,Portia Bell Hume Behavioral Health&Training Center,Fremont,CA
Priya Aslam, MA, Mental Health Clinician , Portia Bell Hume Behavioral Health and Training Center, Fremont ,CA
Nina Kaur, MA, CAPIC Pre-doctoral intern, Wright Institute-School based Collaboration, Berkeley, CA

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand reasons for migration and how it’s accompanied stressors impact migrating individuals and their families with a specific emphasis on South Asian migrants.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between the ‘macro’ level factors in the mental health of migrants and the individual treatment of South Asian migrants within mental health services.
  • List specific recommendations for therapy while working with South Asian migrants while highlighting the important cultural beliefs and values that play an important role for individuals born and being raised within the South Asian culture.

 New Developments in Psychology Licensure

This session offers an opportunity to explore and discuss important potential changes related to licensure in psychology, such as competency examinations and mobility of licensure.  Representatives from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), graduate training programs, and the Early Career Psychology committee will discuss the proposed Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology Step 2 (EPPP2), the development of the EPPP Step 2 (including the 2016 Job Task Analysis), and the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT).  The discussion will include issues related to the rationale for developing these new concepts and the policy issues surrounding their implementation.

Jacqueline Horn, PhD, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, Peachtree City, GA
Gilbert Newman, PhD, Dean, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA
Emil Rodolfa, PhD, Distinguished Professor, CA School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, Sacramento, CA
Eric A Samuels, PsyD, Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow, University of California, Berkeley Counseling & Psychological Services, Berkeley, CA

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the history of the competency movement over the past decade in psychology.
  • Describe the rationale for a skills-based competency examination and discuss the pros and cons of this for the field of psychology.
  • Discuss the current state of licensure mobility and the changes that implementation of the PSYPACT might bring.


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