Agenda

 

Day 1 – Friday, November 8, 2019

7:30 – 9:00 am | Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:00 – 10:15 am | Keynote Speaker 

Alan Lowenthal, Ph.D.

U.S. Congressman
Alan Lowenthal, Ph.D.
(D-CA)

Federal Legislation: What's in it for the Practice of Psychology?

Representative Alan Lowenthal, a member of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus and former professor of psychology, will update the audience on mental health legislation in Congress, focusing on access to care and funding proposals.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the impact of current legislation on the practice of professional psychology.
  2. Explain how federal legislation can influence access to mental health care.
  3. Describe the impact of current legislation on psychology research funding.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

CE Credits: 1

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10:15 – 10:45 am | Refreshment Break


10:45 am – 12:15 pm | Concurrent Sessions

Jason Ong, Ph.D.

Jason Ong, Ph.D.

Session 1 | Clinical Tools for Managing Sleep Disorders

Sleep disturbance is a common condition with significant consequences on mental and physical health. Sleep psychology is an emerging specialty with several empirically supported treatments for managing chronic sleep disorders. This clinical skill-building session provides tools for the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. Particular focus will be given to cognitive-behavioral approaches to insomnia and sleep disturbances comorbid with depression and anxiety.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify three cognitive or behavioral treatments for sleep disorders.
  2. Describe the components of cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia.
  3. Apply various methods used to manage sleep disturbances comorbid with depression or anxiety.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

CE Credits: 1.5

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Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D.

Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D.

Session 2 | Youth Bullying Prevention & Intervention: Research-Informed Strategies

This presentation will cover youth bullying, cyberbullying, gender-based harassment and bullying, and teen dating violence among middle and high school students. She will examine the prevalence, definitions, and underlying risk and protective factors associated with these behaviors. Dr. Espelage will also highlight school-based interventions, evidence-based programs, and promising programs (e.g., restorative practices).

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain prevalence, types, and developmental timing of bullying and other forms of aggression.
  2. Demonstrate the links between bullying and gender-based harassment.
  3. Discuss research evidence on what works to prevent these behaviors.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

CE Credits: 1.5

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Beverly Thorn, Ph.D., ABPP

Beverly Thorn, Ph.D., ABPP

Session 3 | Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain–Beyond the Manual

Chronic pain, like other chronic illnesses, requires self-management skills and is not adequately treated from a purely biomedical approach. The typical biomedical approach to chronic pain management has exacerbated the problem, promoting passivity, dysfunction, and the current spiraling opioid epidemic. This workshop will provide concrete skills-based techniques easily integrated into general practices that can be used for building patients’ self-management skills for chronic pain and chronic illness. Providing patients with a sense of agency over their illness and medical care is a primary aim of the approach.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the harms associated with a pure biomedical approach to chronic pain management and the need to change the healthcare culture for our patients.
  2. Identify the aims of cognitive-behavioral skills training – to increase a sense of agency over one’s health and illness.
  3. Analyze specific self-management skills which can be integrated into biopsychosocial treatment of patients with chronic illnesses and chronic pain.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

CE Credits: 1.5

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12:30 – 1:30 pm | Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Sponsored by Chubb

Ellen Kahn, MSS, LICSW

Ellen Kahn, MSS

Moving the Needle for LGBTQ Youth: The Critical Role of Psychologists

Great strides toward LGBTQ equality and inclusion have been made in the past decade—from the Supreme Court ruling on marriage to the increase in high-profile LGBTQ leaders in politics, the arts, and sports. Amidst all of this positive change, LGBTQ youth—adolescents in particular—seem stuck in a cycle of despair and struggle. Multiple published studies point to disproportionate rates of depression, anxiety, disordered eating, and substance abuse among this population, a result of bias and stigma coupled with the social isolation and peer victimization. Mental health professionals and other youth- and family-serving professionals can play a critical role in changing the landscape for LGBTQ youth. This session will provide insight into the everyday lives of today’s LGBTQ youth with an emphasis on trans and non-binary youth and guidance for enhancing affirming practice approaches.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss current published research on the health and well-being of LGBTQ adolescents.
  2. Identify unique needs and experiences facing LGBTQ adolescents at home, at school, and in their broader communities, highlighting transgender and gender nonconforming teens.
  3. Demonstrate effective support of LGBTQ adolescents faced with stigma, shame, and isolation.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

CE Credits: 1

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1:45 – 5:00 pm | Concurrent Sessions | Refreshment Break Sponsored by TherapyNotes

David Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP

David Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP

Session 1 | Clinical Ethics and Risk Management: A Process Approach to Working Effectively with Suicidal Risk

This presentation will focus on clinical ethics and risk management with a sub-focus on various challenges related to working with suicidal patients. There will be a general consideration of ethical "pillars" of informed consent, who is the client, the key role of documentation, and the importance of clinical consultation. There will be an over-arching emphasis on the process of ethical decision-making and effective risk-management. Finally, these ideas will be operationalized in relation to ways of decreasing one's risk of malpractice exposure related to working with suicidal patients.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the "pillars" of ethical decision-making and effective risk-management.
  2. Identify the process of ethical decision-making and effective risk-management.
  3. Demonstrate effective ways of decreasing the risk of malpractice liability related to working with suicidal patients.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

CE Credits: 3

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The Trust Risk Management Team

The Trust
Risk Management Team

Session 2 | Effective Terminations, Money Matters and Patient Advocacy

Daniel Taube, J.D., Ph.D.; Joe Scroppo, Ph.D., J.D.; Amanda Zelechoski, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP; Leisl Bryant, Ph.D., ABPP; Julie Jacobs, Psy.D., J.D.

This session will focus on ethical and risk management considerations in three challenging areas of professional practice: clinician-initiated terminations, audits and billing concerns, and responding to requests to advocate for clients. The presentation will involve lecture and discussion. In addition, participants will be asked to forward questions to the team upon registering for the conference, and the session will be structured to permit time to address the specific issues raised.

Learning Objectives

  1. List four essential steps in clinician-initiated terminations.
  2. Describe the types of audits a psychologist may be subject to and the appropriate ways to respond to each.
  3. Identify issues associated with billing for couple and family therapy services.
  4. Describe strategies for responding to client requests for letters or other forms of therapist advocacy in support of a client's legal or administrative objectives.
  5. Identify potential issues, benefits and risks associated with advocacy on behalf of clients.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

CE Credits: 3

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5:00 – 7:00 pm | Networking Reception
Sponsored by Lincoln Financial


Day 2 – Saturday, November 9, 2019

7:30 – 9:00 am | Continental Breakfast


9:00 am – 12:15 pm | Concurrent Sessions | Refreshment Break Sponsored by TrustPARMA and the National Register

Dr. Harris, Siegal, Alvord

Eric Harris, Ed.D., J.D.
Alex Siegel, J.D., Ph.D.
Mary Alvord, Ph.D.

Session 1 | A Practical Guide to Providing Telepsychology with Minimal Risk

Whether psychologists decide to establish a telepsychology practice or not, there are situations which most psychologists face in their practices which require a knowledge of the essentials of safe, ethical and effective practice. This session will provide those essentials and address situations such as how to deal with college students who are returning to school in another state or are planning a semester overseas; difficult divorce situations where parents live in different jurisdictions; short- and long-term changes in locations by clients as well as those who can no longer come to the office in person; and requests to practice internationally. Other topics on the use of telepsychology for private coaching services, requests for specialty services in places where they are not available, and requests by difficult and high-risk clients will be addressed.

This presentation will focus on the challenges and practical solutions to real telepsychology situations that have been presented to The Trust’s Advocate 800 Program’s risk management consultation service and will include insights and practical guidance from a psychologist who actively uses telepsychology in her practice. We’ll examine the existing laws and guidelines for providing such services and what changes one can project in the immediate future.

Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate the basic skills necessary to provide remote video conferencing services.
  2. Identify ethical, legal, and disciplinary trends in the field of telepsychology and how to apply them to challenging, real-life cases.
  3. Explain the basic telepsychology risk management skills, including how to decide when it is prudent to provide remote professional services and how to minimize risk through consultation, documentation and case selection.
  4. Describe the PSYPACT consortium, including what it is, the requirements for participation, what states currently participate or are likely to in the near future, and how differences in state legal approaches will be resolved.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

CE Credits: 3

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John Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP

John Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP

Session 2 | A New Psychotherapy for Each Patient: Evidence-Based Responsiveness

Psychotherapy will maximize its effectiveness by targeting the most powerful sources of change: the therapeutic relationship and the client. This workshop provides integrative methods for adapting or tailoring psychological treatments to individual patients and their singular contexts. Learn to reliably assess and rapidly apply 3+ evidence-based methods to fit the entire patient. Such transdiagnostic matching demonstrably accelerates the process, reduces dropouts, and improves patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  1. Analyze a client's treatment and relationship preferences in ways that improve outcomes.
  2. Assess reliably a client's stage of change within one minute and tailor treatment to that stage.
  3. Design therapy to a patient's reactance level, thereby enhancing outcomes and decreasing dropouts.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

CE Credits: 3

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12:30 – 2:00 pm | Luncheon with Keynote Speaker

Thomas Bostick, Ph.D., PE, NAEChief

Lieutenant General (Retired)
Thomas Bostick, Ph.D., PE, NAE

Building Resilience in Infrastructure and People

Dr. Bostick will draw on his experience as former Chief of Engineers of the United States Army to discuss resilience building. He will highlight the response by the Corps of Engineers to some of our most significant natural disasters, including Super Storm Sandy, and how those lessons apply to a model of resilience training to support soldiers as they struggled with battlefield injuries, PTSD, alcohol and substance use, sexual assault, and suicide.

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The National Register is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The National Register maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

A full refund will be issued if canceled by Sunday, September 15, 2019. No refunds will be processed after September 15, 2019.

NOTE: Attendance at these sessions may make you eligible for discounts on your Trust Sponsored Professional Liability insurance policy for up to two renewal periods: 4 hours = 5%; and 6 hours = 15%. Please visit our discounts page for details.