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Thursday Educational Sessions

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (2 CE Credits)

Diversity Town Hall - When Psychology becomes Political: How Critical Courageous Conversations Can Inform Practice and Professional Self-Care

Theopia Jackson, PhD, CPA Division VII: Social Justice & Diversity Chair, CPA CARE Committee; Saybrook University, Oakland, CA
Gitu Bhatia, PsyD, CPA CARE Committee; Adjunct Faculty, Pepperdine University, Culver City, CA

Pearl Werfel, PhD, CPA CARE Committee, Chair; Private Practice; Adjunct Faculty, CSPP at Alliant International University, San Francisco, CA

Bedford Palmer II, PhD, President, Alameda County Psychological Association; Co-Host, Naming It Podcast; Assistant Professor, Counseling Department, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
Douglas Haldeman, PhD, 2017 President, California Psychological Association; Chair,
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA

Social justice issues often arise when groups, on a collective level, are forced to confront aspects of the givens of existence due to social structures or impositions (Hoffman et al, 2016). Such givens include increased social unrest, targeting of groups, political distress, and social complexities associated with disaster relief. Panelists will share their experiences of how such issues have emerged in their work and impacted them, critically discuss related CPA initiatives, and lessons learned. Through courageous conversations, attendees will be invited to share their experiences and contribute to discerning individual and collective best practices for professional self-care.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify how socio-cultural-political stressors may be impacting the clinical work and employ tangible professional self-care strategies.
  • Utilize effective courageous conversation skills in addressing these complexities with other professionals and/or populations being served.
  • Identify how issues of social justice can be integrated in practice, training, research, and teaching.

This Town Hall is sponsored by CPA and our Division of Diversity and Social Justice (Division VII)

Watching our Supervisees at Work: Using Live Observation/Recorded Sessions to Address Competency Concerns & Problems

Karen C. Enyedy, PhD, The Help Group, Sherman Oaks, CA
Elizabeth Jenks, PhD, Corporate Director of Clinical Intern Training, Pacific Clinics, Pasadena, CA
Monica U. Ellis-Blied, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow,  VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, Loma Linda, CA
Olga Belik, PhD, Chief Psychologist, Providence Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, CA

The Standards of Accreditation call for psychology training programs to utilize live observation or review of recorded sessions when evaluating a trainee’s performance in the competency domains being assessed by the program. This workshop will review the SoA’s requirements, provide examples of the multiple ways to observe trainees, and show videotapes of therapy sessions so attendees can brainstorm ways to provide difficult feedback and ways to remediate competency problems.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Review the Guidelines for Clinical Supervision in Health Service Psychology
  • Develop new ways to provide difficult feedback to supervisees based on live observation or review of recorded sessions.
  • Apply information from the session in labeling competency concerns and problems, discussing concerns and problems with supervisees, and writing remediation plans.

Incorporating Neuroimaging Technology into Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology

Erin Bigler, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, BYU, Provo, Utah; Private Practice, Somerset, CA
David Lechuga, PhD, Neurobehavioral Clinic & Counseling Center, Lake Forest, CA
Thomas Hardey, PhD, Private Practice, Oakland and Neuropsychology Consultant to the Oakland Raiders

How should clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists incorporate neuroimaging findings in their practice? This session will provide an overview of the advances that have occurred in the field of neuroimaging, especially the quantification of neuroimaging data. This will be followed by a very practical demonstration of how neuroimaging studies can be integrated into clinical practice.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Experience brain imaging technology and how to view brain anatomy using neuroimaging.
  • Identify the methods used for neuroimaging quantification.
  • Discuss the circumstances in which advanced neuroimaging technology may benefit clinical practice.


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