Convention Workshops

Morning Workshops (See WS #2 for ethics, #1 and #4 for cultural diversity)
Afternoon Workshops (See WS #8 for ethics, #7, #10 and #12 for cultural diversity, #11 for supervision)
Bonus Workshop

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!

On Site registration opens at 7:30AM November 2nd.

MORNING WORKSHOPS

3 CE Credits Each

1. Foundations for Cultural Humility with Trans and Gender NonConforming (TGNC) People

Randall Ehrbar, Psy.D.

This workshop meets the Maryland licensing requirement for activities designed to enhance competence in the provision of psychological services to culturally diverse populations.

Workshop Level: Beginner

This engaging 3-hour workshop 

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Discuss the wide variety of experience among TGNC people

  • Assess their own current level of competence in working with TGNC people
  • Discuss intersectional influences on gender and TGNC people
  • Identify barriers to care for TGNC people
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2. Alienation: Diagnosis, Treatment

Paul Berman, Ph.D. Katherine Killeen, Ph.D.

This workshop meets the Maryland licensing requirement for Ethics/Laws/or Risk Management.

Workshop Level: Intermediate to Advanced. 

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3. The Wonderful World of Wilderness Therapy: The What, Why, Who, How & When

Rick Meeves, Ph.D. & David God, Ph.D.

Workshop Level: All Levels. No expertise required.

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This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Gain clinical skills to address ambivalence and change in psychotherapy;
  • Enhance the working alliance with your clients;
  • Recognize and address more subtle "stuck points" in the therapeutic process.

 

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4. Multiculturalism and Professional Practice with Multiple Minority Populations

Reginald Nettles, PhD., CGP

This workshop meets the Maryland licensing requirement for activities designed to enhance competence in the provision of psychological services to culturally diverse populations.

Workshop Level: All Levels. 

This workshop will explore the influence of the Internet and social media, and popular culture in general, on child and adolescent mental health. It will not only examine suicide contagion specifically, but explore many of the other themes and subjects that are regularly illuminated in the media and designed to appeal to children and adolescents, and that are of particular relevance to mental health, including bullying, heartbreak and rejections, sexual assault, physical abuse, gun violence, racial and sexual stereotyping, drug and alcohol abuse, gaming, LGBTQ issues, depression and anxiety. 

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 5. Medication and Other Somatic Treatments for Depression

Marc Lener, MD  

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Measures of this kind should also include a risk reduction plan based on risk and resiliency factors to reduce the risk of future violent acts by youth. The most often used tools for assessment of this population will be examined and presented with pros and cons for each. Topics in this presentation include evidence-based and promising treatment modalities. The theoretical underpinning will also be presented.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • describe how to assess a teenager for risk of violence;
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6. The Body/Mind Connection: How Sleep, Nutrition and Exercise Impact our Mental Health

Daniel Zimet, Ph.D., CMPC & Tim Herzog, Ed.D., LCPC, CMPC

Workshop Level: All Levels. 

There is clear and mounting evidence that our health behavior, specifically physical activity, sleep and nutrition, has a substantial impact on mental health.  Yet as clinicians we can struggle to support clients – and ourselves – in making consistent and positive choices.  Large scale studies suggest an epidemic of sedentary behavior, limited and inconsistent sleep patterns, fat, sugar, and low nutritional value eating habits, and increasing rates of many mental illnesses and subclinical distress (e.g., loneliness, low energy).  This workshop will address our current understanding of the impact health behavior has on mental health, with particular attention on how we can best bring clinical attention to this under-estimated treatment modality and improve patient compliance.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Describe recent research findings connecting health behavior to mental health;
  • Use practical and evidence-based techniques for improving client adherence to better health behavior, including the incorporation of simple technology;
  • Develop clinical skills, such as applying principles of motivational interviewing, to support adaptation and adherence to better health habits;
  • Plan how to function as part of a multi-disciplinary team, working towards holistic enhancement of health and related behaviors.
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AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS 

3 CE Credits Each

7. Beyond 101: Advanced Applications for Working with Trans and Gender NonConforming People

Randall Ehrbar, Psy.D.

This workshop meets the Maryland licensing requirement for activities designed to enhance competence in the provision of psychological services to culturally diverse populations.

Workshop Level: Intermediate to Advanced. This is for clinicians who have been working the Transgender and Gender NonConforming People.

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This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Assess their own current level of competence in working with TGNC people

  • Discuss some ethical issues that can arise specific to the treatment of TGNC people
  • Identify critical elements of facilitating access to gender-affirming medical care for TGNC people

 

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8. Family Law

David Marquadt, J.D.

This workshop meets the Maryland licensing requirement for Ethics/Laws/or Risk Management.

Workshop Level: All Levels. 

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9. Mapping Ethical Obligations to Specific Issues in Psychoeducational Evaluations

Jody Bleigber, Ph.D. ABSNP, Paul Berman, Ph.D., Richard Bloch, J.D.

Workshop Level: Beginning Level. This workshop is geared towards Early Career Psychologists and psychologists starting to perform psychoeducational evaluations. participants should be familiar with psychoeducational assessment in general.

This introductory workshop focuses on ethical issues specific to psychoeducational evaluation. We will discuss how our ethical obligations translate into actual testing practice and we will offer practical guidance and recommendations to psychologist engaging in psychoeducational evaluation. After reviewing ethical issues, we will present case demonstrations of how these issues apply to clinical practice. The presenters include a psychologist specializing in psychoeducational assessments and MPA's advisors for legal, ethical and insurance issues. 

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Identify APA's five (5) aspirational goals and ten (10) ethical standards for psychological practice;
  • Map ethical standards onto psycheducatipnal evaluation issues;
  • Describe potential ethical pitfalls psychologists can encounter when performing psychoeducational evaluations.
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10. Confronting Aging: Defining, Assessing and Practicing Psychotherapy with Aging Adults

Venus Masselam, Ph.D.

Workshop Level: Intermediate-Advanced practicers that have practiced and are interested in working with this developmental stage.

One person in five in the US population will be over the age of 65 by 2030. What does this aging of America (as well as the rest of the world) mean for mental health professionals? We must anticipate the needs of this increasing population, and that requires that we first understand what it means to be an Aging Adult. We much recognize and understand the defining characteristics of the Aging Adult Stage. This stage, spanning an age range of over thirty years, has become the longest development stage and yet is the least understood and researched stage.

Erik Erikson's psycho-social stages of development in the life cycle (1980) offers a useful model of stages in life but ends with the mature adult age 65 and above, working through the social crisis of integrity vs despair. Consider aging adults now contemplating their past life for the next 30 years once they have turned 65. This is far too long a time for such a limited task. There are a myriad of physiological, emotional/psychological and sociological changes and responsive tasks specific to this age group.  The Aging Adult is a definitive stage needing additional training and a greater understanding of the issues facing this group unlike any other stage such as physical loss.  Using Bernice Neugarten's frame for chronological age phases within this stage from the young-old (55-74) old-old (75-84), and oldest old (85+), we will discuss and expand the developmental tasks beyond Erikson' life task for this stage.

We will explore the realities of the therapeutic stance in assessing and working with this stage by considering BG Knight's Contextural, Cohort Based, Maturity Specific Challenge (CCMSC) as well as other models. It has taken research results to dispell the myth of the deficit model of aging beginning with Rowe and Kahns' research results titled, "Successful Aging", published in the 1980s.  The intent of this workshop is to provide a foundation for future conversations concerning the subject of again, a topic many would like to avoid and others would like to deny completely. 

 This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Define and consider the Aging Adult Stage, its phases, and tasks in consideration to a treatment plan;
  • discuss goals and treatment approaches for aging individuals and families in transition;
  • Identify assessment criteria for the Aging Adult Stage;
  • Describe the therapeutic stance for working with the Aging Adult.
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11. Supervision

Samantha Rodman, Ph.D.

Workshop Level: Beginner/Intermediate- Some familiarity with couples counseling or at least couples counseling literature would be preferable. 

Infidelity is a common reason why couples seek therapy, due to the betrayal, sadness, and anger that stem from the discovery of emotional and/or physical infidelity. Often practitioners themselves are triggered by the idea of infidelity, or subconsciously ally with the spouse who was betrayed, which may not help the couple most effectively. This workshop will draw from the intriguing recent literature on relationships, monogamy, and infidelity, and is designed to help practitioners feel more objective about the reasons that infidelity can occur, identify common ways that couples respond after infidelity, and grow more confident in their ability to guide clients through the recovery from an affair. The focus will be on case vignettes, relevant literature, and theory, rather than research data.   

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Identify common ways that couples present in session in the aftermath of an affair;
  • Explore your own preconceptions and biases that may impact your ability to work successfully with a couple recovering from an affair
  • Recognize the reasons why infidelity may have occurred (reasons that have to do with the relationships, reasons that have to do with the individual, and social/evolutionary reasons)  and how to discuss them with a couple;
  • Create a strategy to help a struggling couple reconfigure their relationship post-affair. 

 

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12. South Asian/South Asian American Mental Health: An Introduction 

Chandni Shah, Ph.d.

This workshop meets the Maryland licensing requirement for activities designed to enhance competence in the provision of psychological services to culturally diverse populations.

Workshop Level: Beginner/Intermediate- This workshop is ideal for individuals with little exposure to cultural diversity and South Asian communities outside of their work life. 

South Asians are a growing community in the US. In 2005, the Washington DC area had the 5th largest South Asian population in the country (Census), while there still tends to be a lower help-seeking rate for South Asians to seek and continue therapy options. Practitioners can benefit from being familiar with South Asian community cultural context and mental health difficulties, as it relates to mental health and therapy to help improve individual services. This session is created to give participants an overview of the South Asian/ South Asian American community, cultural context, cultural values, and belief systems that are relevant for practitioners and therapists. Additionally, the session will have participants explore their own reactions, stereotypes, and biases that may impact their therapeutic work. The session will start with an exploration of participant experiences and participant reflections and exploration of reaction to South Asian communities, a brief overview of diversity within the South Asian community and experiences in the US, and community-specific information related to mental health concerns. Through experiential exercises, case examples, and discussion, participants will recognize their own potential challenges working with this community based on their own social identities, gain an appreciation for the complexities (strengths and challenges) South Asian/South Asian Americans bring to the therapeutic context, and how therapists and practitioners can positively impact heir South Asian/South Asian American client work.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Explore and identify systemic and individually held stereotypes and biases that may negatively impact South Asian/South Asian American clients;
  • Recognize and gain knowledge on the diversity and complex social identities within South Asian communities in the US;
  • Describe community specific challenges and strengths as they relate to mental health concerns;
  • Apply culturally and community relative knowledge to client work with South Asian/South Asian Americans. 
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BONUS WORKSHOP – 1 CE Credit

 Medical Cannabis in Maryland

Joy Strand, Executive Director of The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission 

 

More details coming soon!

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