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Saturday Educational Sessions

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

Plenary: Using Digital Tools to Expand Psychological Practice: Helping as Many People as Possible

Digital tools focused on health and mental health are proliferating, yet many practitioners are wary of integrating them into their practice and issues such as adhering to ethical and professional norms and liability have not been fully worked out.  This presentation will address the potential advantages and pitfalls of adopting technology to provide effective mental health services. Dr. Muñoz will present a way of categorizing digital interventions that provides clarity about where in a continuum of digital adoption each practitioner feels comfortable. He will also discuss ways in which psychology could increase the number of people who avail themselves of face-to-face, traditional therapy by offering digital interventions to large numbers of persons and offering live therapy to those who do not improve sufficiently. The presentation will include a panel discussion with practicing clinicians about the ways they are integrating technology into their practices.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss four categories of interventions, from traditional face-to-face therapy to fully automated interventions.
  • Explain the current evidence for efficacy and effectiveness of digital interventions
  • Describe stepped care strategies for increasing the number of people who use face-to-face therapy

Ricardo F. Muñoz, PhD obtained his A.B. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.  He is currently Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco, Adjunct Clinical Professor at Stanford University, and a member of the affiliated faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has coauthored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, including three Annual Review of Psychology and Annual Review of Clinical Psychology chapters, plus several books, including Control Your Depression, Controlling Your Drinking, and The Prevention of Depression:  Research and Practice.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and in 2017 he was inducted as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science "for distinguished contributions towards the prevention of major depression and the development of Internet interventions to improve mental health worldwide."

11:00 am -12:30 pm (1.5 CE credits)

Master Lecture: Telemental Health: What You Need to Know to Expand Your Practice

This session focuses on the use of videoconferencing technologies to provide mental and behavioral health services. Dr. Luxton will discuss clinical and nonclinical applications including assessment, treatment, supervision, and consultation, and will address legal and ethical requirements, safety plans and emergency protocols, and the integration of other technologies, such as mobile apps.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to set-up a telemental health practice
  • Describe the legal and ethical requirements.
  • Explain how to integrate other technologies into their telemental health services.
  David D. Luxton, PhD, MS is affiliated with University of Washington Seattle, Luxton Labs LLC, TQIntelligence, Inc., and in Seattle.

Prominent Components of Successful Work with Professional Athletes

Steven Bucky, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished Professor, Director of Professional Training, CSPP @ Alliant International University
Ronald Stolberg, PhD,  Clinical Psychologist, CSPP-San Diego, CA
Kimberly Wagner, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, La Jolla, CA

This session will describe the ethically competent skills required to work with professional athletes. The program will discuss common ethical dilemmas in Sport Psychology, present information about athlete substance use and addiction, and demonstrate how athletes view the importance of mental skills and characteristics which enhance performance at the professional level.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the most common ethical dilemmas in sport psychology.
  • Discuss the triggers and conditions that contribute to athlete substance use and addiction as a common issue in sport psychology.
  • Discuss the impact of specific mental skills and characteristics in the psychological assessment and treatment of professional athletes (e.g. NFL, MLB, NBA).

Child and Adolescent Therapy in the Digital Age

Katherine Nguyen Williams, PhD, Director, Strategic Development & Clinical Innovation, UCSD Department of Psychiatry, La Jolla, CA
Janina Scarlet, PhD, Center for Stress and Anxiety Management, San Diego, CA

Rapidly evolving technology provides the forward-thinking psychologist with many new opportunities of communicating with children, adolescents, and families. With the portability of smart devices, the ubiquitous availability of wireless access, and popularity of social media, child/adolescent psychologists can gather information and disseminate evidence-based interventions in remarkably innovative and effective ways.

After attending this session, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify at least three specific digital tools to effectively outreach with the public and client population and increase accessibility to mental health interventions.
  • Describe how to use cyberpsychology to aid in innovative, evidence-based assessment in child and adolescent clinical practice.
  • Explain tools and treatments that have been developed to help clinicians offer effective and adaptable child and family treatments

Working with LGBT Clients: 5 Ways to Miss the Boat and 5 Ways to Get on Board

Abigail Weissman, PsyD, Founder, Group Practice at Waves, A Psychological Corporation, Poway, CA and Hillcrest, (San Diego), CA

In a world where the rate of suicide for LGBT youth is astronomically higher than their cisgender and/or heterosexual peers, we clinicians need to learn LGBTQIQAP affirming care. This session will include examples of best and worst practices, role plays, and discussion.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define LGBTQIQAP related vocabulary including a basic understanding of any context and controversies surrounding each term.
  • Identify and evaluate examples of language that is inappropriate for use with LGBTQIQAP - identified clients.
  • Describe ways to support and advocate for LGBTQIQAP - identified clients.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (1.5 CE Credit)

Master Lecture: How to Provide Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy in Your Practice

Two decades of research has shown that Virtual Reality (VR) is highly effective for exposure therapy, and new advances in mobile technology have created an opportunity for psychologists to incorporate VR exposure therapy in their practice. In this session you will learn how therapists administer VR treatments today and participate in a live VR exposure therapy demonstration. The session will include real therapy

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the clinical research that supports Virtual Reality Therapy efficacy for treating anxiety, phobias, PTSD, compulsions, addiction, and pain.
  • Identify the categories of disorders that can be treated with VR environments.
  • Integrate VR therapy into their therapy that adheres to best practices based on VR case studies.

Sean Sullivan, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and author who leads psychology at Limbix. He has an AB from Harvard University, a PsyD from Florida School of Professional Psychology and completed his postdoctoral training based at UCSF. Dr. Sullivan focused his graduate and post-graduate research on technology applications for psychology and has been practicing as a psychologist, using virtual reality in therapy, teaching mindfulness, writing and producing digital psychology programs ever since. He loves tennis, running and relaxing in Muir Beach, CA.


Jon Sockell is a technology entrepreneur and Chief Operating Officer at Limbix. Previously he worked in marketing leadership roles at KeepTruckin and Medallia. Mr. Sockell has a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. His hobbies include golf, travel, Warriors basketball, and scrabble.

A Multicultural Orientation in Clinical Practice: Legal and Ethical Issues when Working with Child Maltreatment

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

The provision of ethical and responsive treatment to clients of diverse cultural backgrounds is expected of all practicing health care providers. Cultural competence is mandated by professional ethics codes and will be the focus of attention when assessing and working with child maltreatment, culture, and particularly immigrant families.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Name at least three influences of poverty upon child maltreatment.
  • Name the four major groups into which culturally diverse parents fall into when engaging in physically abusive disciplinary practices.
  • Name two common questions to consider when assessing child maltreatment with culturally diverse populations

Mobilizing ePatients: How Technology is Engaging Eating Disorder Patients and Increasing Access

Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH, Clinical Psychologist, Kaiser Permanente-Adult Eating Disorders Clinic & Private Practice, Oakland, CA
Jenna Tregarthen, PhD, Recovery Record, Palo Alto, CA

This session will examine Recovery Record, a mobile intervention for eating disorders. We will discuss real-world case studies, highlighting lessons learned and practical considerations for implementation of smartphone technology in treatment. You will be encouraged to participate using your phone. We will discuss avenues for future research and technological development.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Examine the Recovery Record mobile intervention with the existing evidence base regarding its efficacy.
  • Discuss effective and safe implementation including; integrating mobile into daily clinical workflows, boundary management, and understanding HIPAA.
  • Evaluate Recovery Record's potential utility in clinical contexts through a guided, interactive role-play exercise with a virtual patient

RxP: A Prescription for Social Justice in California and a New Opportunity for Psychologists

Saurabh Gupta, PhD, CEO, Southern California Psychology Centers, San Diego, CA
Alan Lincoln, PhD, MSCP, BCBA-D, CSPP, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA
Morgan T. Sammons, PhD, ABPP,  Executive Officer, National Register of Health Service Psychologists, Washington, DC

There is a widely, but quietly, acknowledged crisis of access to psychotropic medications in California. Like most crises, the shortage of availability of psychiatrists disproportionately affects the poor. We will make describe the data about the shortage and make the case that psychologists are the best positioned to help address this crisis, obliging us to take up the matter of prescriptive authority as a matter of social justice.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the scope of the crises of access to psychotropic medications.
  • Describe how contemporary training standards and curricula have led to a record of safety in prescribing par excellence, in direct refutation to objections of state medical associations often responsible for opposing RxP legislation.
  • Discuss the potential impact of this prescriptive authority in their clinical practices and on their patients and their profession, and how patient safety can be buttressed by technology.

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

Using Technology to Engage Men in Therapy

Daniel Singley, PhD, Director, The Center for Men’s Excellence, San Diego, CA

Men are often hesitant to seek support in therapy, and mental health providers rarely seek specialized training in the psychology of men and masculinity. By leveraging some readily-accessible technologies in clinical services, psychologists can learn to better engage men and improve therapeutic outcomes

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify how traditional masculinity translates to decreased mental health help-seeking in men.
  • Describe how technology reflects a means to engage and to "meet men where they are" in therapy.
  • Cite specific examples of applying different technologies in therapy with men including social media, online surveys, and virtual augmentation applications.

Leveraging Mobile Health to Support Evidence Based Practices

Christina Armstrong, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Education and Training Program Lead, National Center for Telehealth & Technology, Defense Health Agency, Department of Defense, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

Research shows that technology can help behavioral health patients follow treatment plans and engage better with their providers. Yet many clinicians don't have guidance on how to effectively and safely use these resources. The goal of this session is to share the latest Defense of Department (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mobile health applications and provide a best practices for the use of mobile health in clinical care to support evidence based practices. The presenter will describe the current level of the evidence base, outline best practices for clinical integration, and lead a discussion regarding key security and privacy issues of interest to providers and patients in a behavioral health care setting.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate current level of evidence base on the use of mobile health to improve patient outcome.
  • Examine best practices for using mobile health technology in behavioral health care settings.
  • Identify key security and privacy issues in the use of mobile health in clinical practice and how to communicate with patients regarding potential risks

The "Hold Me Tight/Let Me Go" Program for Families with Teens - Education and Enrichment

Paul Aikin, PhD, Co-Director of the Sacramento-Davis EFT Center. Director, Private Practice, Davis, CA
Nancy Aikin, PhD, Co-Director of the Sacramento-Davis EFT Center, Director, Private Practice, Davis, CA

Hold Me Tight/Let Me Go, an educational enrichment program developed for families with teens helping open connection and conversation is based on Emotionally Focused Therapy. A DVD of three families doing these reconnecting conversations are used to demonstrate how psychologists can help families see what they are trying to achieve when doing these exercises.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the principals in the HMT/LMG Facilitators Guide and DVD to working with families in their practice as psychologists.
  • Describe a negative cycle between parents and their teens.
  • Identify emotions that block parent's responsiveness to their teen's needs

The Ins and Outs of Private Practice - Getting Started

Kristin Moore, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, State Department of Education, Fremont, CA
Sarah Bharier, PsyD, Clinical Supervisor, Alameda Family Services, Alameda, CA
Emmanuel Zamora, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, City & County of San Francisco, Mission Mental Health, San Francisco, CA
Matt Wong, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Building and maintaining a prosperous private practice can be challenging and even overwhelming. In this session wt will discuss the process of starting a private practice, focusing on key topics such as business plans, how to advertise your practice, clinical documentation, billing, networking, and patient communication in the digital age.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe concrete steps necessary for starting a private practice.
  • Identify at least three secure modes of communicating with patients.
  • Identify appropriate clinical language that should be incorporated into private practice forms.


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