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PLENARY PRESENTATIONS

Friday Opening Plenary - April 5, 2019 - 8:30 am - 10:30 am (1.5 CE Credits)

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.

Saturday Plenary - April 6, 2019 8:30 am - 10:30 am (2 CE Credits)

Every Moment Learning: Transforming Work and Life into a Continuous Learning Experience

As mental health professionals, we are dedicated to lifelong learning. Knowledge, yes, but is there a way to also build our capacity for qualities that are important for psychotherapy and life such as awareness, insight, equanimity, and wisdom? There is a way, and it centers on the ancient discipline of karma yoga – the yoga of work and action in the world. Dr. Roger Walsh will introduce us to the practice of karma yoga, and link it to contemporary concerns such as interpersonal and psychotherapeutic skills, mindfulness, addiction, lifestyle, and psychological well-being.

Roger Walsh, MD, PhD, DHL is professor of Psychiatry, Philosophy and Anthropology, and a professor in the Religious Studies Program at the University of California - Irvine. His publications include the books Paths Beyond Ego, The World of Shamanism, The World’s Great Wisdom, and Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices. His research and writings have received over twenty national and international awards, and his teaching has received one national and seven university awards. He is a long-term student, teacher, and researcher of contemplative practices…and a former circus acrobat.

Sunday Closing Plenary - April 7, 2019 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (2 CE credits)

Getting Psychology Out of Your Office and into the World

Most of the mental health needs of the public go unmet. Stigma about mental illness, limited access to therapists, and health insurance barriers keep many from ever stepping foot inside a psychologist’s office. We can do better. By rejecting the idea that patients should come to us and instead taking psychology to the public, we can fight stigma and improve access. Columbia University clinical psychologist Dr. Ali Mattu will share the secrets of giving away psychology through traditional media (e.g. TV and newspapers), new media (podcasts and YouTube), and within your local community (schools and performances). Dr. Mattu will also facilitate an interactive workshop that will help participants develop their own proposals and workshop ideas with fellow attendees.

Ali Mattu, PhD is a clinical psychologist in New York and assistant professor at Columbia University, Irving Medical Center. He hosts the very popular YouTube channel “The Psych Show” and has created over 100 videos which have been seen nearly 500,000 times. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, appeared on MTV, CBS, PBS, and has the honor of being referenced, and not made fun of, on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. A cognitive behavioral therapist, he specializes in helping kids and adults with anxiety disorders. Dr. Mattu also teaches a global audience how to use psychological science to achieve their goals. He sparks conversations about mental health through storytelling performances, school assemblies, and pop culture conventions. Dr. Mattu presently serves on the Board of Directors of The Story Collider and creates curriculum for the Pop Culture Hero Coalition. Known as a “forward thinker” in psychology, whose work has been described as “simple, thoughtful, and actionable,” he was recently featured by the American Psychological Association as an “influential psychologist” in their feature on “What’s Next?” in psychology.

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