Can't-miss events for 2009 APA convention

The August convention in Toronto provides interesting and engaging programs for practitioners

by Communications Staff

June 30, 2009 — The American Psychological Association's (APA) 2009 Convention comes to Toronto August 6-9 with preconvention clinics held August 5.

Below are just a few of the can't-miss events for practitioners. Look for a more complete list of practice-related convention program sessions in the July issue of PracticeUpdate.

Preconvention workshop
Wednesday, August 5

A pre-convention full-day workshop on the emerging field of parenting coordination (PC) is jointly sponsored by the APA Practice Organization and the APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology/Continuing Education Committee.

"Parenting Coordination: Practice, Research and the Interface Between Psychology and Law" includes the basics of setting up a PC office, mediation skills and the intersection between psychology, law and the courts. (CE available)

For further information and to enroll online, click here.

Convention program highlights
Friday, August 7

"Health Information Technology and Psychology — What to Know and Anticipate" will highlight issues of electronic health information in psychology practice. The program will address existing technology, barriers to adopting HIT and how to overcome them, and the benefits and ethical considerations of the medium. (CE available)

"Critical Issues in Diagnosis of Psychopathology: ICD and DSM Revisions," Maria Elena Medina-Mora, PhD, and featured international experts will outline critical issues pertaining to the diagnosis of psychopathology for revisions of both the ICD and the DSM. (CE available)

Saturday, August 8
"Child Custody, Child Protection, and Parenting Coordination — Practice Guidelines for the Forensic Practitioner" is "must" for practitioners engaged in family law proceedings, or those who provide psychological services where conflict in custody implementation might be an issue. (CE available)

"Roles, Opportunities and Obstacles for Psychologists — Developing and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices for People with Serious Mental Illness or Serious Emotional Disturbance" Treatments for serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance have increasingly become grounded in the concepts of recovery (for the former) and resilience (for the latter). New interventions have focused on effective role functioning and client-focus domains such as treatment, work and living environment. This session will focus on emerging roles for psychologists in these interventions. (CE available)

"Plug In, Turn On, Reach Out — Retooling Your Practice for the 21st Century" focuses on market trends and emerging needs, creative thinking about practice opportunities, and business strategies that benefit both clients and practitioners.