Workshop Descriptions

The State of the Art of Toxic Stress and Resilience Research: Policy and Practice Implications

Joan Kaufman, Ph.D.

Over the past two decades, research has documented that a broad range of negative outcomes are associated with the two ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences (e.g., child maltreatment) and Adverse Community Environments (e.g., discrimination, community violence). The pandemic and the deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and others has further highlighted profound racial disparities and unresolved issues of systemic racism in this country. In this lecture, the broad range of negative mental and physical health outcomes associated with the two ACEs are reviewed, and emerging data on the mechanisms by which these experiences ‘get under the skin’ and can be transmitted transgenerationally to confer risk for these outcomes are discussed. Key factors for promoting resilience and recovery will then be delineated, together with specific policy and practice recommendations.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to

  • Delineate the broad range of negative sequelae associated with the two ACEs.
  • Describe mechanisms by which the ACEs 'get under the skin' to confer risk for deleterious mental and physical health outcomes.
  • List key factors associated with promoting resilience and recovery.
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Understanding Child Problematic Sexual Behaviors: Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention

Stephanie Wolf, J.D., Ph.D.

Is this normal?”, is often asked question when discussing the sexual behavior of children. Caregivers may be asking about self-touch, watching pornography, and/or touching of peers and they are looking to know if this is something developmentally normal or something that needs to be addressed. The purpose of the workshop will be to help Psychologists respond to children who exhibit sexual behaviors. The workshop will review normal sexual behavior versus problematic sexual behavior and how to determine when intervention is necessary. Psychologists will learn the causes of problematic sexual behavior, the trajectory for children who exhibit these behaviors and best practices for treatment. An overview of PSB-CBT will be given and an understanding as to prevention steps that can be taken will also be included.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to

  • Name factors used to identify problematic sexual behavior problems
  • List the causes of problematic sexual behaviors and dispel common myths as well as destructive assumptions.
  • Identify best practices for treatment of problematic sexual behaviors and describe elements of PSB-CBT as well as how and when to make a referral.
  • Identify three tools of prevention.
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Involving Minors in Decisions about Mental Health Care: Legal, Ethical, Developmental and Clinical Considerations

Mary Ann McCabe, Ph.D., ABPP

Meets the MD Licensing Requirement for Laws/Ethics or Risk Management 

 Level: Intermediate

Many states afford minors legal autonomy for decision-making in some areas of health (e.g., reproductive or mental health care). However, there are other situations where clinicians need to determine how much to include minors in decision-making, and work with families where parents and minors do not agree on their role in decision-making or the decisions themselves. Minors’ capacity for decision-making is situation-specific, and not all medical and mental health decisions are alike. Moreover, health care decision-making itself should be viewed on a continuum of involvement, ranging from information and preparation for treatment - to shared decision-making with parents - to autonomous decision-making (McCabe, 1996). Developmental competencies, ethical principles (i.e., autonomy, self-determination), and opportunities to promote development and treatment adherence provide impetus for involving minors to the greatest extent possible in health care decisions.

APA Ethical Principles (2002, 2010) support the premise of psychologists seeking to involve minors’ in their understanding of, and goals for, psychological services. Other organizations have explicit policy recommendations to involve minors in health care decisions to the greatest extent appropriate (e.g., AAP, 1995; Canadian Paediatric Society, 2004, United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, 2013). However, research suggests that this is complicated to carry out in practice (Lee, Havens, Sato, Hoffman and Leuthner, 2006; Vaknin & Zisk-Rony, 2011). The Institute of Medicine has issued reports documenting concern about the unique challenges of adolescent health services (IOM, 2009) and decisions (IOM, 2011). Yet science in the areas of adolescent brain development, decision-making, mental health, and health promotion is progressing and can inform practice in this area. There have been important advances in understanding developmental aspects to decision making (e.g., Halpern-Felsher, 2009; Reyna & Farley, 2006) and risk-taking (e.g., Casey, Getz and Galvan, 2008; Steinberg, 2012).

This workshop for psychologists will present an update of an original framework for considering legal, ethical, developmental, and clinical factors for determining the appropriate level of involvement of minors in health care decisions. The presenter will spend part of the workshop reviewing the legal and ethical issues involved in health care decision making, as well as the science relevant to adolescent development, decision making, risk-taking, and adherence to medical regimens. She will devote part of the workshop to case discussion, posing a number of clinical case examples for interaction with participants to illustrate the utility of this framework for everyday practice.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to

  • Assess and enhance their framework for the determination of minors’ appropriate level of involvement in mental health care decisions
  • Recognize adolescent competencies relative to the standard for informed consent.
  • Differentiate the relative importance of ethical, developmental, and clinical considerations for involving minors in health care decisions.
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Looking at the New Laws in Maryland through CLEAR Lenses

Richard Bloch, JD, and Michael Heitt, Psy.D.

Gives you 2 of the 3 CE for the MD Licensing Requirement for Laws/Ethics or Risk Management 

 Did you know that there are new laws that have been passed in Maryland that directly affect your practice? MPA's lawyer, Richard Bloch, will explain what you need to know about these laws, and ethicist, Michael Heitt, will use case scenarios to help you apply these laws to your practice. Be prepared to participate because this will be an interactive workshop.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to

  • Describe the new laws in Maryland that are relevant to the practice of psychology.
  • Apply their understanding of these laws using a unique model of ethical reasoning. 
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Assessing Students of Color: Identifying Challenges and Best Practices

Linda Fleming McGhee, J.D., Psy.D.  and Tanisha Drummond, Psy.D. ABPP.

 Level: Intermediate

Meets the MD Licensing Requirement for Cultural Diversity

 This workshop will explore common issues associated with completing ethical multicultural assessments, including meaningful engagement with clients and families, trauma, and diagnostic challenges.  This workshop will also promote self-awareness and ways to engage in professional growth in terms of understanding and navigating cultural competence.    We will explore the nature of trauma, including racial trauma, and how it is poorly understood and incorporated in the assessment process.  Finally,  the workshop will address effective solutions to multicultural assessment barriers, including improving advocacy skills for students of color.


By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to

  • Identify some of the most common challenges in conducting multicultural assessments.
  • Increase understanding of trauma and how to incorporate these factors into an ethical assessment process.
  • Create a plan to overcome multicultural assessment barriers including:  ways  to continue to professionally develop and grow;  developing responses to ethical challenges; and, improving tester’s ability to advocate for clients.
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Conspiracy Theories in Clinical Practice

Joe Pierre, MD

 Level: Introductory

This workshop will outline the psychology of conspiracy theories and provide a theoretical account based on epistemic mistrust and vulnerability to misinformation. Using that framework, recommendations for working with clients with conspiracy theory beliefs will be discussed along with challenges of engagement and implementation.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to 

  • Detail psychological needs associated with conspiracy theory beliefs.
  • Outline a normalizing account of conspiracy theory belief based on mistrust and misinformation.
  • Utilize different psychotherapeutic approaches in working with clients with conspiracy theory beliefs.
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Navigating the Upsides and Downsides of Social Media and Video Games

Kim Burgess, Ph.D.

The public increasingly needs help when it comes to managing the upsides and downsides of social media and video games. These activities are becoming even more popular, more pervasive, and beginning earlier in childhood than ever before, especially during covid-19. Therefore, psychologists should keep pace with this burgeoning circumstance so that we can provide the most informed cutting-edge clinical guidance, practical advice, and strategies for handling it all. Although empirical studies are scarce on such technologies’ numerous positive and negative effects on our child/adolescent populations, this workshop is research-based and the content itself has attained significant results in improving social media knowledge, as reported by kids themselves (APA, 2020). Participants will gain information about popular social media platforms, interactive exercises for dealing with common situations, advice for overcoming common mistakes, as well as privacy and security settings. Further, help families assess the advantages and disadvantages of video games use, as well as manage real-life gaming scenarios. The types of questions posed by families will be discussed, along with options to answer them. Lastly, whether sessions are in-person or by telehealth, professionals may incorporate technology into their practices by integrating platforms and apps in order to enhance and broaden the clinical experience.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to

  • Discuss social media with your clients/patients and answer questions on positives versus pitfalls of commonly used platforms (cell phone texting; Instagram; Snapchat; TikTok).
  • Explain to your clients some common mistakes and recommend ways to avoid them.
  • Impart advice to parents on the dangers of each platform and ways for their kids to be more secure and private on these platforms.
  • Advise your families on video game use with regard to advantages and disadvantages, so that they can make an informed decision regarding issues, such as time spent and type of games.

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Decolonizing Trauma Work - From Micro to Macro

Cassandra Walker, LCSW

Level: Introductory

Meets the MD Licensing Requirement for Cultural Diversity 

Decolonization is the repatriation of land and life to indigenous peoples. In psychology and mental health, that means addressing and rectifying the harms and epistemicide that built and maintain the field. We will discuss the current state of trauma work, what decolonization means, and how we can start to do better for ourselves and those we serve. This workshop will be interactive so come prepared ready to engage. The class will center Black Queer experiences but will be useful for anyone looking to help themselves and clients to work, rest, and heal in hard spaces and situations.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to

  • Identify the biases and limitations of the current standard therapeutic treatments, particularly when working with diverse clients.
  • Use enhance skills and critical consciousness around the systems they participate in.
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Cybersecurity: Basics and Best Practices

Jess Ranostaj

Level: Introductory

Meets the MD Licensing Requirement for Laws/Ethics or Risk Management/ Meets PSYPACT requirements for the E.Passport

 A basic intro to cybersecurity- what is it? How can I protect myself, my data, my client's information? This workshop will cover the following topics
  • Malicious Attacks: What are they and how to spot them
  • Protecting Physical Devices: Best Practices
  • Protecting Virtual Data: Best Practices
  • HIPPA Compliance IT Basics

Plus there will be plenty of time for questions. 

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to

  • Describe the full breadth of what cybersecurity covers
  • Describe what malicious attacks and how to recognize them
  • Apply best practices to protect both physical devices and virtual data
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The Deployment Cycle and Its Impact on Service Members and Their Families

Christy Collette, LMHC

Level: Introductory

Meets the MD Licensing Requirement for Cultural Diversity

 This training module is intended to provide civilian mental health providers with an overview of the impact of the deployment cycle on the Service member and family units. It explores the unique experience that Service members and their spouses and children face across the deployment cycle by examining research findings and psychosocial stressors associated with stages of the deployment cycle.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to

  • Distinguish between the three phases of the deployment cycle and the events and stressors common to each phase
  • Assess deployment cycle-related stressors unique to special populations, including the Selected Reserve, female Service members, and military family members
  • Analyze challenges that Service members face in achieving successful post-deployment reintegration 
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