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Friday Educational Sessions

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

Opening Session: What's Your Impossible? 

Expect something different in the opening session for CPA 2019! You know about TED talks - experience our HEAD talks! Dr. Daniel Rockers, 2019 CPA President, will be joined by several of our invited speakers to give you a taste of your options during the convention. How does rock climbing relate to psychology? What is a social dream matrix? Is procrastination always a bad thing? How can we help our communities respond to traumatic events? Whet your appetite with these brief introductions and then choose what you want to explore more deeply during the convention.

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

Master Lecture: From Fear to Flow: Incorporating Mental Tools for Elite Athletes

This workshop will give you valuable insights and tools to help athletes reach peak levels of performance in sports and life. Learn simple, straight-forward strategies that can be used immediately to optimize mental excellence for any high achievement –whether that be in sports, business, or tackling a challenging goal.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Learn the central tenants of champion thinking with a sticky-tool called A.C.E. Your Performance
  • Discover new techniques to tackle self-doubt that can help athletes move from fear to flow
  • Gain breathing and relaxation techniques used by elite climbers, skiers, and other mountain athletes.

Christina Heilman, PhD, ATC, CSCS is a coach, speaker, author, and mountain athlete who empowers athletes, CEO’s and other high-achievers to reach peak levels of physical, mental, and lifestyle performance –while enjoying themselves in the process. Her nearly 20 years of experience has helped weekend warriors, youth sport participants, recreational, collegiate, and elite athletes skyrocket in both performance and personal excellence. She believes that the skills that help someone be the best they can be in sports are the same ones that will help them in other parts of their life.

Political Transference, Trauma, and Fatigue: Discovering Insight, Resilience, and Growth

Elisabeth Crim, PhD, CPA CARE Committee, Founder/Director, Moonstone Center, Torrance, CA

In the current environment of political upheaval, psychologists find themselves in new territory. As citizens and psychologists, we are personally, professionally, and collectively affected by our current political climate. This session explores political transference, trauma, and fatigue, and the development of insight, effective coping, resiliency, and growth in this environment.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss the emergence of political transference/countertransference and the experience of past/current political trauma (primary, secondary, and/or vicarious).
  • Identify and discuss the emergence of political transference/countertransference and the experience of past/current political trauma (primary, secondary, and/or vicarious).
  • describe and discuss a plan for maintaining personal wellness and care that incorporates insight and coping that can yield resilience and growth.

 Social Media, Substance Abuse and Suicide: Risks for Teens and Young Adults

Pamela Harmell, PhD, Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

This session focuses upon the basic legal and ethical issues related to suicide, social media, and substance use as they are encountered in practice. Participants will review current expert opinion, legal updates and standard of care related to (1) updates on relationship between social media and suicide; (2) the SAD PERSONS suicide assessment; (3) substance use disorders and the risk of suicide; (4) legal and ethical issues with informed consent and "safety agreements"; and (5) Non-suicidal self injury (NSSI). Literature updates, along with relevant Codes of Ethics will be included in all areas of discussion.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the connection between social media, suicide and substance use
  • Name what the literature suggests is one of the primary predictors of suicide besides previous attempts and discuss the current primary "predictors" of suicidal behavior.
  • Identify the pros and cons of using "safety agreements" when working with suicidal clients. 

Providing Effective Educational Ethics Consultations: A View from the CPA Ethics Committee

David Jull-Patterson, PhD, Clinical Pofessor, UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA
Russell Gold, PhD, Private Practice, San Diego, CA

Participants will explore the components of an effective educational ethics consultation, then utilize that knowledge in consultation simulations. This session provides helpful background for providing educational ethics guidance in consultation groups, competence constellations, or local chapter ethics committees. It may also be useful to anyone considering  applying for membership on the CPA Ethics Committee.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the components of an effective educational ethics consultation
  • Differentiate an educational ethics consultation from a prescriptive or prescriptive ethics consultation
  • Provide an effective educational ethics consultation

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

Master Lecture: Innovative Approaches to Community Healing: A Real Case Study in Sacramento

We have too many examples of the mental health impact of racial and community trauma. Leaders from Faith Community and African American Community will offer examples of responses implemented after the killing of Stephon Clark by the Sacramento Police Department in March 2018 and will identify what we can do to support clients and communities in healing.


After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the mental health impact of racial and community trauma
  • Identify strategies for healing racial and community trauma
  • Describe their own experience with self-reflection around addressing racial and community healing 


Kristee Haggins, PhD is Community Healer, African Centered Psychologist and Professor who takes a holistic approach to healing mind, body, spirit and community. She is a founding member of Safe Black Space Community Healing Circles in Sacramento, where she uses Emotional Emancipation CirclesSM (EECsSM), a healing strategy designed for and by people of African Ancestry.

Daniel Hahn, MPA a native of Sacramento, was sworn in as Sacramento’s 45th Chief of Police on August 11, 2017, having risen through the ranks after joining the department in 1987Chief Hahn is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, P.O.S.T. Command College, Sierra Health Foundation Leadership Program, and the American Leadership Forum. A recipient of many awards, he also volunteers his time on numerous boards throughout the region.

Kevin Kitrell Ross is a south side Chicago native, Senior Minister of Unity of Sacramento, and is regarded as a respected spiritual teacher, Master Life Coach, and interfaith social justice leader who is committed to building bridges of understanding and cooperation across race, culture, class gender, political and religious lines. Rev Kev’, as he is affectionately called, is dedicated to strengthening communities through dialogue, direct encounter and education. Senator Kamala Harris refers to him as a wise, unifying “national leader” for our times.

Talking about SUDs with your Buds: Incorporating Substance Abuse Treatment in your Practice Setting

David W. Hindman, PhD, Director-Clinical Standards & Training, LA County-Substance Abuse Prevention & Control, Los Angeles, CA
Gabrielle Jones, PhD, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA
Greg Schwarz, PsyD, LA County-Substance Prevention & Control, Los Angeles, CA

Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) affect Californians across racial/ethnic and socio-economic spectrums. Despite training in multidimensional assessment, biological basis of behavior, and behavior change many psychologists are reluctant to treat SUDs. In this session participants will increase their confidence and competence in addressing SUDs in their practice settings.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the prevalence and incidence of the most common substances of abuse.
  • Identify at least 1 SUD Screening Tool that can be incorporated into their intake assessment
  • Identify at least 1 therapeutic model of substance abuse treatment to employ in their practice setting.

Pain Free Beyond Pain Management

Les Aria, PhD, Kaiser Permanente
Jean Howell, MD, Primary Care Physician, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Inc
Mark Tyburski, MD, Pain Physician, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Inc.
Amir Ramezani, PhD, Neuropsychologist, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA

Modern pain science and pain psychology indicate that those with persistent pain can live well and pain free. The emerging psychophysiological disorder (PPD) model of treatment for subacute and persistent pain highlights innovative interventions that may be used when conventional medical treatments do not provide adequate relief.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Learn how to use modern pain science's explanation of why persistent pain continues
  • Identify the steps of the Psychophysiological Disorder (PPD) model of treatment to be pain free.
  • Learn how to collaborate with a medical specialists (Primary Care Physician, Physical Medicine, Surgeon) for the best treatment outcomes.

Excellence as a Psychologist Expert Witness: From Initial Contact to Verdict

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

Psychologists can be crucial to parties in legal cases as expert witnesses, potentially supporting a particular legal strategy in the case. This session will guide the psychologist from the initial attorney contact and retention through the entire case, paying special attention to the ethical minefields that are hidden in this type of work.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the ethical and business issues that apply to the initial retention as an expert witness.
  • Discuss the components of a comprehensive evaluation as an expert and address the need for objectivity in forensic evaluations.
  • Navigate the challenges of providing testimony in a competent and ethical manner in both depositions and at trial.

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (1.0 CE Credits)

Cycles and Roller Coasters: The Impact of Infertility on Relationships and Sexuality

Stephanie Buehler, PsyD, CST-S, Private Practice, Hoag Hospital Affiliate, Newport Beach, CA

Sometimes procreation and recreation collide. Men who cannot ejaculate and women who experience painful intercourse are examples of sexual function that can interfere with family planning. Couples may also find their relationship faces increased tension and strain. This session presents effective sex and relationship interventions for several sexual difficulties that relate to infertility.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate sex and relationship issues that contribute to infertility, as well as those that are created from
    facing infertility.
  • Intervene with six common sexual issues related to infertility.
  • Increase couples' resilience when they face infertility.

Procrastination and the Stigma of Delay: What Motivates Getting Things Done

Mary Lamia, Ph.D., Private Practice, Kentfield CA; Professor, The Wright Institute, Berkeley CA

Contrary to popular belief and previous research, procrastination is a valid motivational style. This session will explore  the results of qualitative and affect psychology research that sought to uncover how emotions motivate divergent task completion styles, and how these styles are effectively employed to get things done.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify divergent task completion styles.
  • Identify divergent task completion styles.
  • Understand the difficulties in work and intimate relationships that result from divergent motivational styles and ways to resolve them.

Rising from the Ashes: An Evidence-informed Model for Addressing Community Mental Health Following the NorCal Firestorms.

Christine Naber, PhD, President, Redwood Psychological Association, Santa Rosa, CA; Neuropsychologist, Kaiser Permanente Department of Neurology, Santa Rosa
Adrienne Heinz, PhD, Clinical Research Psychologist; National Center for PTSD, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System; Redwood Psychological Association; Santa Rosa, CA
Debbie Mason, MS, CEO, Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County, Healdsburg, CA

In October 2017 Northern California endured the most deadly and destructive wildfires in California history. This session will present an evidence-informed model to support mental health recovery for communities affected by disaster. This model, which was used in the aftermath of this natural disaster, is intended to democratize access to mental health resources and promote long-term community resilience.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the learning experience of building a community-wide collaborative to provide integrated, culturally-competent, and evidence-informed mental health services and resources for disaster survivors.
  • Discuss the development and launch of a disaster mental health website and mobile application to democratize access to resilience skills and community services.
  • Disseminate a model for trauma-informed community outreach to optimize impact and mental health recovery.

HIV and Aging: Advances in Psychotherapy Practices

Jill Gover, PhD, Director, Scott Hines Mental Health Clinic, Palm Springs, CA

This workshop will explore the problems facing those living with HIV and offer evidence based treatment modalities to address the challenges associated with HIV and the aging process.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify specific psychological, medical, and socioeconomic challenges facing long-term survivors living with HIV
  • Describe specific treatment interventions and approaches that have been proven to be effective in working with this population.
  • Discuss the recent clinical research on HIV and aging.


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