The Trust Practice and Risk Management Association (TrustPARMA) and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists debuted its inaugural National Practice Conference (NPC) on November 8-9, 2019. Over 200 psychologists and allied health professionals came together at the Wharf InterContinental hotel in Washington, DC to hear from some of the top clinical and risk management experts in the field.

The 1.5-day practice-oriented conference gave attendees the opportunity to earn 9.5 CE credits and covered topics like youth bullying, cognitive-behavioral therapy, telepsychology, and much more.

The first annual conference was a success, and we are grateful to our sponsors, expert speakers, and attendees who made it possible. Thank you!

NPC 2019

 

Keynote Highlights

NPC kicked off with the first keynote by U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal, Ph.D. (D-CA), “Federal Legislation: What’s in it for the Practice of Psychology?” Congressman Lowenthal’s speech reminded attendees that psychologists and allied health professionals’ involvement in the political process are vital for the benefit and advancement of the profession.

For the luncheon keynote, Ellen Kahn, M.S.S., presented, “Moving the Needle for LGBTQ Youth: The Critical Role of Psychologists.” Attendees were given an in-depth overview of the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth and the ways psychology can play an immediate role in improving their lives.

Lieutenant General (retired) Thomas Bostick, Ph.D., wrapped things up on Saturday as the luncheon keynote with, “Building Resilience in Infrastructure and People.” General Bostick shared his experience as the Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers and the importance of psychology in the military and its societal adaptation to critical issues such as climate change.

 

What last year’s attendees said about 2019 NPC

“This was by far the best conference I have attended in 23 years, including many of the major conferences in the field. This was well organized, and the staff was exceptional on all levels. The sessions were spot on for doctoral level providers, and presenters had my attention from start to end. Thanks for providing an exceptional educational opportunity.”

“I was very impressed with the planning, organization and ease of coordination of all aspects on the conference. Especially the speedy delivery of CEU certificates.”

“The conference was well organized. I was impressed to be provided with my chosen schedule of seminars to attend along with the name tag, and the efficient scanning then same day emailing of seminar certificates. The food provided was delicious and plentiful. The presentations were excellent. Thank you! And it was fun to have the opportunity to network with psychologists throughout the country. I look forward to attending next year’s conference.”

"I was overjoyed and so pleased with all the quality of the programming and supports. I would consider this the best 1.5-day event in my career. I met six psychologists from California the first morning - before the program even started. And then to sit next to Gary VandenBos. Wow. Thank you.”

"I am so longing forward to the 2020 conference. This was the most useful conference I have attended for practice-related information. Thank you!”