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Event Name:2017 ABPP Annual Conference and Workshops

Workshops are listed in order of Schedule

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

CoA Accreditation Doctoral Program Site Visitor Workshop (7.5 CEs offered through APA)

CoA Accreditation Internship Program Site Visitor Workshop (7.5 CEs offered through APA)

CoA Accreditation Postdoctoral Program Site Visitor Workshop (7.5 CEs offered through APA)

Each workshop is a full-day training that includes both didactic and experiential exposure to the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology (SoA) and the role and functions of the site visitor. These workshops are open to new site visitors and experienced site visitors. All current site visitors must receive training under the SoA in order to continue participation in site visits.

For additional information about site visitors and the accreditation process, please visit:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Expanding Cultural Competence: Biopsychosocial Considerations in Pediatric Assessment

Veronica Bordes Edgar, PhD, ABPP

Biopsychosocial diversity issues in assessment have never been greater given rapid shifts in US demographics. This workshop will walk through clinical case examples to highlight challenges when working with children and families from diverse ethnic, linguistic, and sociocultural backgrounds. Factors impacting assessment and interpretation such as bilingualism and language development, cultural values, socioeconomic status and family environment will be discussed. The presenter will discuss models of bilingual language development and research related to neuropsychological outcomes.

The presenter will also discuss issues of measurement beyond language including effort and engagement. Culturally-sensitive treatment interventions for home and school settings will be explored. Additionally, there will be discussion on how these factors may impact the inclusion and advocacy role of the pediatric assessment psychologist/neuropsychologist.


Navigating the Future of Your Practice: Specialty, Mobility, Interstate Practice and Risk

David R. Cox, PhD, ABPP, Stephen T. DeMers, EdD, Jana N. Martin, PhD, & Katherine C. Nordal, PhD

This workshop will provide practical information about practicing beyond your current office walls. The future of psychology includes telepractice, interstate practice, increased call for specialty practice and each of these bring with them inherent rewards as well as risks. Navigating your way through these opportunities necessitates understanding the jurisdictional and institutional regulations with the increased request for provision of services in multiple locations, either physically or vial telepractice. Specialists will be provided increased opportunities to provide consultative services as traditionally closed regulatory doors open through regulatory changes. Services that were previously impractical (if not illegal) to provide will become legal, practical and in demand. This workshop will discuss the coming increased opportunities for specialists, the decrease of legal barriers to telepractice through the ASPPB PsyPact, issues of quality assurance monitoring and reporting and management of risk associated with these changes.


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Clinical and Forensic Issues

Christina A. Pietz, PhD, ABPP & Alina M. Suris, PhD, ABPP

Assessment of claims of emotional harm and trauma in therapeutic settings is very different from assessment of these matters in legal proceedings.  Participants will be provided an overview of the history and conception of the PTSD diagnosis, including its introduction in the DSM III.  The diagnostic criteria of PTSD in the DSM-IV and DSM 5 will be compared, and implications for forensic assessment discussed. The challenges of assessing claims of emotional harm and trauma in forensic contexts will be reviewed and best practice proposed, with specific discussion of the unique challenges that present in personal injury, disability, and criminal litigation.  A review of the Moral Emotional Numbing Test and Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS) will be provided, as will a discussion of the utility of the MMPI-2 and PAI in assessment of complaints of emotional harm and trauma.


Using the MMPI-2-RF in Public Safety Evaluations: Pre and Post-Employment

Yossef S. Ben-Porath, PhD, ABPP & David M. Corey, PhD, ABPP

This intermediate-level workshop focuses on use of the MMPI-2-RF in evaluations conducted in public safety settings both pre- and post-hire. It is designed for individuals familiar with the MMPI-2-RF. Topics covered include legal considerations, best practices, and the use of the MMPI-2-RF Police Candidate Interpretive Report (PCIR) in conducting preemployment evaluations and legal considerations, best practices, and the use of the MMPI-2-RF in Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations. Public safety positions considered include police and corrections officers, firefighters, and dispatchers. Use of the MMPI-2-RF in these assessments will be illustrated with case studies demonstrating integration of MMPI-2-RF findings with other sources, including (as applicable) background investigation, mental health records, clinical interview, and other psychological tests.


Functional Behavior Assessments and Prevention/Intervention for Students' Problem Behaviors and School Aggression

Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Arnold will overview functional behavior analysis both from the traditional A-B-C analysis and the Iwata approach to FBA.  Included within the presentation will be theoretical foundations (i.e., functional contextualism), stimulus control over behavior, the role of motivational operants, Durand's conceptualization of motivator categories, and designing behavioral observations using mini-experiments.


In addition, the FBA methodology will be used as a framework to then review the types of school-based interventions within primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions. In particular, focus on alternatives to discipline-based suspensions or expulsions will be reviewed, including the general principles and strategies in PBIS and restorative justice interventions.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Preparing for ABPP Board Certification: Choosing a Specialty Board & Application Process

David R. Cox, PhD, ABPP, Alina M. Suris, PhD, ABPP, & Michael E. Tansy, PhD, ABPP

This workshop will present background on the American Board of Professional Psychology, the developing “culture of competency” in professional psychology and information regarding board certification in professional psychology.  Whether practicing as a generalist or specialist, psychologists are responsible to the public to provide competent care.  The means of understanding and defining competency in psychology have been a focus of many inter-related professional groups within the field of psychology. Competency in psychology evolves within an individual throughout professional development, with many shared areas of competency across specialty areas that might otherwise have relatively unique aspects. The current presentation will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about Foundational and Functional Competencies as defined by the APA Competency Benchmarks Workgroup, and also details regarding how the ABPP board certification process addresses competency in various specialty areas of psychology.  Attendees will learn about the generic as well as specialty-specific requirements for board certification through ABPP.


Basic Psychometrics for the Practicing Psychologist

Yosseff S. Ben-Porath, PhD, ABPP

This workshop provides an introduction to and review of key psychometric issues in psychological testing and assessment. It is intended for psychologists who conduct or rely on psychological assessments in their practice. The primary learning objectives cover basic statistical and psychometric principles including, correlational statistics, estimating reliability and considering measurement error, and estimating and evaluating test score validity. Implications of psychometric considerations when conducting psychological evaluations will be considered.


Psychopharmacology Update

Morgan T. Sammons, PhD, ABPP

This workshop will update participants regarding recent clinical advances in psychopharmacology.  Drugs for depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder, ADHD, dementia and other common mental disorders will be presented with a focus on agents that are new to clinical use.  The presenter will discuss indications, contraindications, doses, risks, benefits, and pharmacological precepts regarding each drug.  A critical analysis of the role of each drug and drug class in the treatment of specific mental disorders will form the basis of this discussion.

This presentation will also encompass, where appropriate evidence exists, the use of combined treatments to manage mental distress. The literature supporting the use of combined or unimodal treatments will be presented.  The incorporation of combined treatments into psychological practice will be addressed.  This presentation will be of interest to both psychologists that prescribe and those who wish to learn more about integrating psychopharmacological management into clinical practice.


Police Psychology: An Introduction to Core Activities and Cultural Competence

Philip S. Trompetter, PhD, ABPP

Police Psychology is one of the specialties most recently recognized by the APA and ABPP. This introductory workshop is designed for the student or psychologist who is interested in learning about the major activities performed by police psychologists and some of the history of the specialty. In addition, because psychological services to police personnel and police agencies require an understanding of the police occupation and culture, this workshop will focus on helping the clinician become grounded in some of the essential job demands of modern policing, with special attention to the warrior versus guardian mentality, the hard realities of the use of force, particularly deadly force, and tips for clinicians who want a realistic perspective of what police do in order to provide assessment for police agency selection or fitness-for-duty evaluations, and/or to provide intervention to police officers and their families.  Special attention will be devoted to describing three core activities performed by police psychologists: 1) psychological consultation during a SWAT/Hostage Negotiation Team callout, 2) psychological intervention after an officer-involved shooting (OIS), and 3) de-escalation training, particularly with mentally disordered individuals through the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model. The workshop is designed not only to educate the attendee about several core police psychological activities and police culture, but also to emphasize several ethical dilemmas in the work, with exposure to professional guidelines that help police psychologists navigate the dilemmas. 


Custody Evaluations: How to Build a Successful Practice Outside of Managed Healthcare and Still Keep Your Sanity, Your License, and a Positive Perspective on Human Nature

G. Andrew H. Benjamin, JD, PhD, ABPP

During the workshop you will learn—1) Sufficient skills for conducting court ordered family evaluations; 2) How to develop a new revenue stream for professional practice outside the health care system; and 3) Ways to protect vulnerable children enmeshed in high-conflict marital litigation. 



ABPP Prep: Overview of Practice Sample Phase

David R. Cox, PhD, ABPP, Alina M. Suris, PhD, ABPP,  & Michael E. Tansy, PhD, ABPP

This workshop will provide those in attendance with the opportunity to learn about the ABPP Practice Sample submission and review process.  Representatives from several different ABPP specialty boards will be present to provide information and respond to inquiries about the general aspects of the Practice Sample portion of the ABPP board certification process, as well as to aid in understanding some of the more specialty-specific issues of the various ABPP specialty boards.  Attendees are encouraged to come prepared to discuss the type(s) of materials they think they may select for submission; as possible, time will be provided for those in attendance to break into smaller groups according to specialty areas.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Threat Assessment of the Lone Actor Terrorist

J. Reid Meloy, PhD, ABPP

The TRAP-18, a structured professional judgment instrument for the assessment of lone actor terrorists, will be taught in this workshop.  Consisting of 8 proximal warning behaviors (eg, pathway, fixation, identification, last resort, leakage) and 10 distal characteristics (eg, personal grievance and moral outrage, ideological framing, dependence on the virtual community, thwarting of occupational goals), the TRAP-18 is demonstrating both interrater reliability and criterion validity in peer-reviewed publications, and has been translated into six languages.  This training will focus on a detailed understanding of each indicator, illustrated by a case of lone actor terrorism, followed by a review of all published research.  The latter portion of the training will dissect two major cases of lone actor terrorism in the United States-- Timothy McVeigh and the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, and Malik Hasan's mass murder committed at Ft. Hood, Texas--demonstrating the operational application of the TRAP-18 and its validity with both jihadist and ethnic nationalist persons of concern.  


Disability in Psychology: Cultural Competence and Ethics in Clinical Care, Education, and Training

Erin E. Andrews, PsyD, ABPP & Angela Kuemmel, PhD, ABPP

This workshop will frame the concept of disability as a form of cultural and individual diversity, including unique aspects and issues parallel to the struggles of other oppressed groups. A history of the disability rights movement and literature from the field of disability studies will provide context for a contemporary paradigm of disability as diversity. The presenters will discuss current research literature and empirical findings about the prevalence of disability, and known barriers to the full inclusion of people with disabilities in multiple life areas, including access to health care and higher education. Issues of reasonable accommodations, accessibility, and non-apparent disabilities will be presented. The presenters will highlight topics of recruitment and retention of people with disabilities.


Models of disability will be introduced along with the evolution of contemporary disability terminology and language. Participants will learn about the impact of attitudinal biases toward disability and common stereotypes, as well as the impact of ableism on the oppression of disabled people. The presenters will cover current efforts to understand the intersection of multiple diverse identities to include disability and emerging initiatives including universal design. An introduction to disability culture and disability identity development models will be offered. The presenters will offer practical guidelines for clinicians and administrators to move toward fostering a disability-affirmative environment and offering culturally competent care to people with disabilities. Ethical implications for work with disabled people will be explored. Participants will be invited to explore their own biases around disability. Specific suggestions for a disability-affirmative approach including readings, activities, and use-of-self will be provided.


Legal & Ethical Risks and Risk Management in Professional Psychological Practice: Working with Couples and Families, Risk Management with the Suicidal Patient, and Legal and Ethical Issues Presented by Retirement

Amanda D. Zelechoski, JD, PhD, ABPP

The times they are a changing. The continued dominance of managed care companies over third party reimbursement and the new uncertainty created by the Affordable Care Act in both the private and public sectors have increased the complexity of the legal and regulatory environment faced by psychologists. In this unpredictable environment, the need to avoid adverse disciplinary events remains an important priority and an active risk management strategy is still an essential element of professional practice. After a brief introduction describing The Trust’s Risk Management Philosophy and Strategy, this workshop will focus on three specific topic areas: working with couples and families, working with potentially suicidal clients, and the ethical and legal challenges of developing a professionally and personally appropriate retirement strategy. The workshop is applicable to psychologists working in all types of settings where health services are provided.


Using Motivational Interviewing to Help People Make Behavioral Changes

Linda Carter Sobell, PhD, ABPP

This full day workshop will teach attendees motivational interviewing (MI) skills to work more effectively with their patients. MI, initially developed for resistive substance abusers, has been adapted to address other health behaviors and conditions (e.g., dual disorders, smoking, diet, physical activity, HIV screening, sexual behavior, diabetes control, sleep, gambling, medical adherence, depression). MI is not an entirely new intervention; rather it is a person-centered directive approach that uses strategies and techniques from existing models of psychotherapy and behavior change. A key goal is to assist individuals who are not ready or ambivalent to consider making behavioral changes. The tone of the MI encounter is nonjudgmental, empathetic, and empowering. Motivational techniques can be used to enhance patients’ commitment to change. MI techniques and strategies will be demonstrated using role-plays, and videotaped clinical vignettes, and case examples. Participants will learn how to use decisional balancing and readiness rulers to evaluate and promote readiness for change.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Assessment of Children using the WISC-V (all attendees with receive a copy of Assessment of Children: WISC-V and WPPSI-IV)

Jerome M. Sattler, PhD, ABPP

This workshop will cover the WISC–V, the role of the evaluator in the assessment process and report writing, and report writing. It will cover the standardization, administration, scoring, reliability, validity, factor analysis, short forms, subtest scatter, interpretation, and strengths and limitations of the WISC–V. It will also include administering the WISC–V to children with disabilities and CHC theory.


Managing Ethical Dilemmas and Complex Relationships in Governmental Setting

Jeni McCutcheon, PsyD, ABPP & Jocelyn E. Roland, PhD, ABPP

This workshop will help psychologists who provide service to government settings (e.g., law enforcement, fire service, corrections, VA, etc.) focus on the resolution of real-world ethical dilemmas and complex relationship conundrums they encounter. Participants will be informed about commonly encountered dilemmas and engage in a full-day of hands-on problem-solving and processing of practice challenges. Ethical principles, ethical decision-making models and the application of both to service delivery will be incorporated. Relevant cases across the multiple practice domains encountered by psychologists in governmental settings will be presented, including steps to manage ethical dilemmas through a standardized approach that is consistent with the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Attendees at this workshop will gain an advanced understanding of how to recognize, approach and navigate ethical dilemmas in these distinctive environments, learn about new and emerging topics that affect reasoning, and come away with enhanced skills for managing and resolving ethical dilemmas and complex relationship quandaries specific to work and consultation with public service entities.


Too Much Too Ugly: The Psychologist's Role In Responding to the Aftermath of Mass Casualty, Active Shooter, or Active Hurter Events

John A. Nicoletti, PhD, ABPP

The training will focus on providing specific information for three phases; Pre-Event Horizon, Event Horizon and Post Event Horizon.  The Pre-Event Horizon section will present information related to preparing for the psychological footprint of a mass casualty event.  The topics will include understanding the critical incident and trauma contamination process, development of credentialing and incident response protocols.  The Event Horizon section will focus on the duties, issues and responsibilities for responding in the middle of a crisis either at the scene, medical facilities or reintegration centers.  The final section, Post Event Horizon, will focus on the duties, issues and challenges after the event in order to progress from the initial chaos to normal or at least a new normal.  The Post Event Horizon section will also focus on dealing with the long haul of a traumatic event including anniversaries, trials, and ongoing media scrutiny.


Using the WISC-V in Clinical Practice

Peter C. Entwistle, PhD

This presentation will assume prior exposure to the administration and scoring of the WISC-V. Attendees will already know the fundamental changes to the WISC-V from the WISC-IV.

  • •  We will describe the rationale and constructs measured by new sub-tests.
  • •  Quick overview of administration and scoring of the new WISC-V sub-tests.
  • •  Attendees will be able to analyze and interpret WISC-V scores. We will review score reports.
  • •  Attendees will be able to describe the best WISC-V factors and the best predictors of reading, math, and writing skills.
  • •  Attendees will be able to describe how the WISC-V aligns to current approaches regarding the identification of students with specific learning disabilities.
  • •  We will also review the evaluation of children using the WISC-V & WIAT test.
Event Date:05-17-17 - 05-20-17
Location:OMNI Hotels
675 L Street
San Diego, CA 92101

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