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Friday Educational Sessions

8:30 am to 10:30 am (1.5 CE credits)

Opening Plenary: Smartphones and Mental Health: Impacts on Teens and Adults

The advent of smartphones has led to a fundamental shift in how we spend leisure time. This shift has been especially pronounced among young people, particularly those born since 1995, known as iGen. In nationally representative surveys of 11 million adolescents and young adults, mental health issues suddenly increased after smartphones became common after 2012. Trends include increases in anxiety, depressive symptoms, loneliness, major depressive episodes, self-harm, suicide risk factors, and the suicide rate and declines in happiness, life satisfaction, and sleep time. Teens who spend more time on screens are more likely to experience mental health issues and lower psychological well-being, and links between screen time and lower psychological well-being also appear among adults. Dr. Twenge will offer solutions and recommendations for practice based on current research.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the changes in mental health among teens after 2012.
  • Describe the research linking screen time to lower psychological well-being.
  • State ways to manage technology use based on the research
  Jean M. Twenge, PhD, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 140 scientific publications and the books iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood, Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled - and More Miserable Than Ever Before and The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell). Dr. Twenge frequently gives talks and seminars on teaching and working with today's young generation based on a dataset of 11 million young people. Her audiences have included college faculty and staff, high school teachers, military personnel, camp directors, and corporate executives. Her research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

11:00 am to 12:30 pm (1.5 CE Credits)

Master Lecture: The Social Media Policy in Practice: Hands on Management of Online Profiles & Settings

We know we have to consider various ethical principles when we venture onto the Internet. Most of us are familiar with social media or digital communication policies that address informed, consent, confidentiality, multiple relationships, and the issue of online testimonials. But many wonder how to actually manage your online profiles. What settings should you tweak? How do stop LinkedIn from sending invites to everyone you have ever emailed? How do you add text to your Yelp profiles as a business owner? We will review ethical principles and show how and where you can manage your profile. Internet access provided so you can update your online settings in real time.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the ethical challenges that may arise from engaging in activities on the Internet.
  • Review different approaches and strategies towards social networking and managing your online presence.
  • Explain how to access and use settings on popular social networking sites.
  Keely Kolmes, PsyD is a private practitioner in Oakland, CA. Dr. Kolmes serves on the California Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee and is
the Representative for California on APA Council of Representatives. Dr. Kolmes has published a New York Times OpEd on the challenge of Yelp reviews and has spoken on this topic at the South by Southwest technology conference. Well known for their private practice Social Media Policy, Dr. Kolmes teaches, speaks, and consults on digital ethics issues internationally
and co-authored The Paper Office for the Digital Age with Ed Zuckerman.

Earned Secure Attachment: Helping Clients Rewire their Brains through Coherent Narrative

Lisa Firestone, PhD, Director of Research and Education, The Glendon Association, Santa Barbara, CA

This workshop will draw upon the latest neurobiological research, attachment theory and clinical experience to teach psychologists how to help clients create a coherent narrative and thereby develop earned secure attachment. This process will also enhance therapists' effectiveness because research demonstrates that therapists with secure attachment have better outcomes.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe, using cutting edge neurobiological research, how clients can rewire their brains to feel more secure.
  • Explain how a patient, through the process of psychotherapy, can develop an earned secure attachment in adulthood.
  •  Utilize writing exercises to help clients create coherent narratives of their early life, thus helping them to develop earned secure attachment.

Clinical Record Keeping: Charting New Courses

Dean Given, PhD, Co-Director Santa Barbara Behavioral Health, Santa Barbara, CA

This session will review the various purposes and requirements for clinical record keeping and identify the obligations and/or recommendations of relevant stakeholders. This will include an organizing framework to shape what is entered into the chart. The session will conclude with a live demonstration of Electronic Health Record charting.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and distinguish the various record keeping requirements and recommendations for California psychologists.
  • List some changes they can make to improve their current record keeping.
  • List some advantages and disadvantages to utilizing electronic record keeping.

Serving Undocumented College Students: A Social Justice Lens for Clinical and Institutional Responsiveness

Elizabeth Hernandez, MS, Advanced Doctoral Candidate/Teachers College, Columbia University
Esmeralda Zamudio, PsyD, Group Private Practice & Psychological Assessments, East Bay Family Institute, Oakland, CA

California has the largest population of college-eligible undocumented immigrants (Passel & Cohn, 2014), who have been acutely impacted by public anti-immigrant rhetoric and the current administration's push to increase enforcement. This presentation will address contextual stressors faced by undocumented students, offer innovative approaches to serve them within a college system, and discuss a social justice framework for institutional responsiveness.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • List three barriers currently faced by undocumented college students.
  • Explain the importance of knowing one's community's legal services, immigrant resources, and immigration climate as a part of culturally responsive therapeutic interventions.
  • Describe three key approaches for increasing institutional access and effectiveness in serving the mental health care needs of undocumented students.

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (1.5 CE Credits)

Master Lecture: Internet and Technology Addiction: Idenitifcation, Assessment, and Treatment

As mental health providers, we are constantly challenged to stay abreast of emerging cultural issues and difficulties that may present in our offices. Such is the case with Internet and technology addictions, which have only recently been acknowledged by the DSM-5 as serious problems deserving of further investigation.

This presentation will provide practitioners with an overview of the most damaging aspects of today’s technology, present tools for their early detection and assessment, review current treatment models and their efficacy, and identify referral and treatment resources.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the five forms of Internet and Tech Addiction.
  • Utilize a quick-screening tool for Internet and Tech-related difficulties.
  • Identify appropriate referral and treatment resources.

Elaine Brady, PhD, MFT has over thirty years of experience working with behavioral and substance abuse issues.  She is a Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) as well as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). Dr. Brady was the founder and Executive Director of Net Worth Recovery, Inc., an Internet and Tech Addiction treatment center in San Jose; has authored a number of professional articles and a book (Forged in Fire, 2015), provides consultation and training to many treatment centers throughout the Bay Area, and continues to provide counseling services through her San Jose office.

Workplace Violence: Identifying the Warning Signs to Prevent a Tragedy

Craig Lareau, JD, PhD, ABPP, Private Practice, Arcadia, CA

Workplace violence grabs headlines, especially when the harm is extreme. Frequently there are warning signs of impending violence that go unnoticed, or that are not given the appropriate attention. This presentation will discuss the primary risk factors for workplace violence, focusing on what psychologists can do to prevent a tragedy.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the primary risk factors for workplace violence.
  • Describe the different types of workplace violence offenders.
  • Provide information to employers to de-escalate the risk posed by potential offenders.

Online and Gaming Communities: Modifying Treatment to Meet Their Needs

Serenity Serseción, PhD, Clinical Supervisor, Adjunct Faculty, Palo Alto University, Private Practice, Sunnyvale, CA

Online subcultures and gaming (video game) communities are an underserved population. This session will discuss reducing stigma, attrition, and addressing their intersectional identities (people of color & LGBTQ communities). There will be a discussion on clinical interventions, case presentations and  demonstrations of technology as a therapeutic tool to engage and better serve these communities.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Decide how to effectively engage and communicate with online and gaming clients.
  • Explain different interventions to readily adapt into current theoretical orientation in order to work effectively with the online and gaming communities.
  • Identify the cultural intersections and specific norms practiced in this community, in particular with the LGBTQ communities.

A New Model for ADHD and Motivation: Implications for Treatment

Thomas E. Brown, PhD, Director of Brown Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, Manhattan Beach, CA and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Keck Medical School of University of Southern California

Clinical and neuroscience research shows that ADHD is essentially developmental impairment of the brain’s self-management system, its executive functions. Moving beyond DSM-5, this new model recognizes how ADHD impacts the dynamic role of emotions in motivation for learning and behavior. Clinical examples will illustrate implications for assessment and treatment of ADHD

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe an updated model of ADHD as developmental impairments of executive functions of the brain involving not only attention, but also motivation, working memory and emotional modulation.
  • Recognize why children and adults with ADHD can focus and perform effectively on some tasks which strongly interest them, though they may have chronic difficulty in exercising those same executive functions in many other tasks and situations they may recognize as important.
  • Identify clinical situations in which ADHD impairments may underlie struggles of patients who present with complaints of depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and learning disorders.

Essentials of Chronic Pain Management: What Psychologists Need to Know Now

Abraham Argun, PsyD,Director of Behavioral Medicine and Team Power, Orthopaedic Medical Group of Riverside (OMG), Riverside, CA. Private Practice, Newport Beach, CA
Janet Kraemer, PhD, Director of Behavioral Medicine. Rehabone Medical Group, Inc., Los Gatus, CA

This session will interactively involve and educate the audience about chronic pain syndrome (CPS), opioid overdose crisis; and psychologists roles in diagnosis, consultation, and treatment. Relative functional restoration and prevention of high rates of Permanent Total Disabilities (PTD), drug dependency and overdose through two case studies will be also discussed.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and discuss chronic pain syndrome with possible pre-existing mental and or personality disorders and secondary psycho-physiological and psycho-pathologically disabling symptoms of pain sensitivity, helplessness, hopelessness, anxiety, depression.
  • Identify and discuss a patient's potential for opioid based drug dependency and alternative medicinal and psychophysiological treatment modalities. 
  • Identify different tools and measurement in med/legal, pre-surgical consultations and differential diagnostic evaluation

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

From Smartphones to Smart Data: How Digital Innovation Can Revolutionize Mental Health Care

Magen Todd, PhD, Director of Meridian Clinical Group and Co-Founder of Unison Project
Philip Southam, Co-Founder Unison Project

Digital innovation is driving a paradigm shift in the world of mental health. Smartphones and other connected devices are providing novel ways for delivering treatment and collecting data. Coupled with the power of Smart Data analytics, the incorporation of smart devices into mental health care shows promise in creating greater access and closing the gap between research and practice.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the various types of mental health applications that are on the market today.
  • Describe three of the main ethical and legal considerations applicable to using mobile technology in practice. 
  • Explain the potential impact of smart devices and Smart Data on closing the gap between research and practice.

How to Incorporate Music into Psychological Treatment: A Clinician's Music Toolbox for Therapy

Karen Sanchez, MBA, MT-BC, Director/Founder, In Harmony Music Therapy Services, Stockton, CA

Music is an important aspect of everyday life in all cultures. Psychologists will learn how to effectively incorporate a client's relationship with music into treatment as a motivator, method for mindfulness practice, or mechanism for self-expression.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify three ways to use music as a motivator for clients in treatment.
  • Identify three ways clients can use music for personal wellness and self-expression.
  • Identify three ways to help a client experience music in the present moment.

Wildfires and Hurricanes: The Personal and Collective Need for Self-Care

Pearl Werfel, PhD, Private Practice; Adjunct Faculty, CSPP at Alliant International University , San Francisco, CA
Elisabeth Crim, PhD, CPA CARE Committee, Founder/Director, Moonstone Center, Torrance, CA
Theopia Jackson, PhD, CPA CARE Committee, Program Chair, Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology, Saybrook University, Oakland, CA
Gitu Bhatia, PsyD, CPA CARE Committee, Adjunct Faculty, Pepperdine University, Culver City, CA

Metaphorical and actual wildfires and hurricanes have erupted within global, national, and local communities. Psychologists are actively helping others navigate ecological, political, and social traumas while personally coping with these same crises. When depleted, self-care that engenders individual and collective resilience is essential. Out of chaos comes clarity. This session will include a demonstration of tools and will include group discussion and interactive sound and movement.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and explore three areas, and resulting implications for psychologists, of natural and human-gen Identify and explore three areas, and resulting implications for psychologists, of natural and human-generated social/political “disastrous” traumatic events within our current global, national, or local environments.
  • Identify and discuss three practical, evidenced-based tools for countering adversity and responding to the implications and impact on our work and personhood (including secondary/vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue/burnout) for professionals attending to issues within our current climate of social, political, and ecological disasters and traumas.
  • Identify three sustainable, diverse and inclusive, best practices in fostering the processing of impacts on our work and personhood, individually and collectively with each other, regardless of theoretical orientation, setting, or role, allowing the development of professional resiliency and posttraumatic growth.

The "How To's" of Adding Basic Addiction Treatment to your Practice

A. Tom Horvath, PhD, ABPP, President, Practical Recovery Psychology Group, Inc., La Jolla, CA

Although many psychologists want to avoid addiction recovery in their practice, the three most common and co-occurring client problems are addiction, anxiety and depression. This session will outline a process to increase your recovery competence (while doing no harm), and will focus on basic assessment, basic treatment, and continuing education for further competence.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recall single-question screenings for alcohol, other substances, and gambling.
  • Describe how to conduct an addiction assessment that begins with the question "What do you like about your addictive behavior?"
  • Explain how to teach coping with craving as a variation of exposure therapy.


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