Practice-related programs at the 2009 APA convention

If you're en route to Toronto in next month, check out this list of educational opportunities for practicing psychologists during the APA Convention

by Communications Staff

Wednesday August 5
Pre-Convention Workshop: Parenting Coordination: Practice, Research and the Interface Between Psychology and Law
Presented by the APA Practice Organization and the APA Office of Continuing Education
8:00 AM-3:50 PM
Westin Harbour Castle (1 Harbour Square)
This workshop offers a valuable opportunity for psychologists and other professionals working with high-conflict families to learn from leading experts about the emerging field of parenting coordination (PC). Participants will learn the basic skills needed for PC work. Mediation skills, interventions to reduce conflict, and ethical considerations will be presented. Relevant research will be reviewed. The intersection between psychology, law, and the courts will be discussed. Information on how the APA Practice Organization effectively collaborated with judges, lawyers, and universities to establish the first-ever Office of the Parenting Coordinator in the DC Superior Court will be presented. Participants will also learn the basics of setting up a PC practice. (CE Available)


Friday August 7
Presidential Program-The Future of Psychology Practice
Sponsored by the APA Board of Directors
10-11:50 AM
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Meeting Room 714B

Health Information Technology and Psychology — What to Know and Anticipate
Presented by the Board of Professional Affairs
10-11:50 AM
Toronto Convention Center, Meeting Room 709
This presentation 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)

Launching and Building a Practice: Providing High-Quality Psychological Services in Challenging Economic Times
Presented by the APA Practice Organization and APA's Committee on Early Career Psychologists with support from the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice
Noon-1:50 PM
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Meeting Room 713B
This session will focus on the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to build and maintain a successful psychology practice in today's challenging marketplace. Special attention will be given to basic business planning, marketing strategies, technology solutions, and office policies and procedures that will help participants meet their clinical, legal and ethical obligations and create thriving careers as practitioners, even during difficult economic times.



Saturday August 8
Credentialing and Privileging of Psychologists in Hospitals: Where Are We Going in the Era of Competencies?
Presented by the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, Section VIII of Division 12
11 AM-12:50 PM
Toronto Convention Centre, Meeting Room 707
This session will review developments in the competencies movement in psychology; review the functions, objectives, and processes involved in credentialing and privileging in hospitals; examine how evolving legal, regulatory (e.g., Joint Commission) and institutional expectations for current competencies affects hospital privileges for psychologists; and explore models for credentialing and privileging in hospitals.

Critical Issues in Diagnosis of Psychopathology: ICD and DSM Revisions
Presented by the Board of Professional Affairs
2-3:50 PM
Toronto Convention Centre, Meeting Room 707
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. Issues include ensuring a developmental perspective, recognizing functional status in diagnoses and ensuring the ICD revision is relevant to all international users. (CE available)

Child Custody, Child Protection, and Parenting Coordination — Practice Guidelines for the Forensic Practitioner
Presented by the Board of Professional Affairs and the Committee on Professional Practice and Standards
2-3:50 PM
Toronto Convention Centre, Meeting Room 706
A "must" for practitioners engaged in family law proceedings, or those who provide psychological services where conflict in custody implementation might be an issue. This session looks at three APA practice guidelines in development, under revision, or recently approved that are vitally important to forensic and other practitioners today. (CE available)

Roles, Opportunities and Obstacles for Psychologists — Developing and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices for People with Serious Mental Illness or Serious Emotional Disturbance
Presented by the APA Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Severe Emotional Disturbance with support from the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and Division 18
2-3:50 PM
Toronto Convention Centre, Meeting Room 803B
Treatments for serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED) 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, including methods for reduction of seclusion and restraint in residential settings, supported employment, shared decision making, cognitive enhancement and treatment development and new directions for children with SED. (CE available)

Plug In, Turn On, Reach Out-Retooling Your Practice for the 21st Century
Presented by the APA Practice Organization with support from the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and Division 31
2-3:50 PM
Toronto Convention Center, Reception Hall 104B
This session will focus on current market trends and emerging needs, creative thinking about practice opportunities and business strategies that benefit both clients and practitioners. Presenters will discuss strategies for building, operating and maintaining a technology infrastructure that simplifies record keeping, practice management, electronic claims submission and billing. Participants will also discuss how to use a website, search engines, social media platforms and other electronic tools for effective and ethical outreach to potential clients and referral sources.