APA convention: Sessions for practitioners

Plan your trip to convention with our list of recommended practice sessions.

By Madeline Stoltz

From establishing your private practice to navigating ethical dilemmas, there are a variety of sessions and activities geared towards practicing psychologists at the 2017 APA convention.

This is a selection of practice-related events. Visit the convention program webpage for the full list.

Thursday, Aug. 3

  • Activating Psychologists — Advocacy in Science, Education and Practice
    8-8:50 a.m.
    Convention Center / Room 204A Level Two
  • Evidence-Based Practice Update — Applying Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Care to CBT for Complex Clients
    8-9:50 a.m.
    Convention Center / Room 144C Street Level
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder — Psychologists' Opportunities for Cross-Setting Practice and Research
    11 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
    Convention Center / Room 143A Street Level
  • Clinical Research and Practice With Populations Involved in the Legal System
    2-2:50 p.m.
    Convention Center / Room 301 Level Three

Friday, Aug. 4

  • Continuing Education Workshop No. 124: Integrating Technology Into Your Clinical Practice
    8-11:50 a.m.
    Renaissance Washington DC Hotel / Meeting Rooms 12, 13 and 14 Meeting Room Level
  • The Professional Is Political, or Is It? Navigating Identity in Therapeutic Practice and Supervision
    10-11:50 a.m.
    Convention Center / Room 140B Street Level
  • Business of Independent Practice — How to Succeed and Remain Independent
    10-11:50 a.m.
    Convention Center / Room 147B Street Level
  • APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice — Recipient: Mary O'Leary Wiley, PhD, ABPP
    Presentation Title: The Complexities of the Therapeutic Alliance: Addressing Attachment, Rupture, and Repair
    1-1:50 p.m.
    Convention Center/Room 144B Street Level
  • APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology  — Recipient: Octavio A. Santos, MS
    Presentation Title: Mi Aventura en Búsqueda de La Diversidad y Enriquecimiento Cultural: A Graduate Student’s Journey, Challenges, and Achievements
    3-3:50 p.m.
    Convention Center/Room 144B Street Level 
  • Calling Midcareer Psychologists in Practice — Competencies and Transition Steps to Health Settings
    4-4:50 p.m.
    Convention Center/Room 144A Street Level
  • Division of State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs (Div. 31) Social Hour and Awards Ceremony
    (Co-sponsored by the APA Practice Directorate State Advocacy Program)
    Recipient: Ray Michael Droby, PhD — 2017 Excellence in Rural Psychology Award
    7-7:50 p.m. 
    Marriott Marquis, Liberty Salon K

Saturday, Aug. 5

  • Beyond Empirically Supported Treatments — Advances in the Evidence-Based Practice of Psychology
    11-11:50 a.m.
    Convention Center / Room 144A Street Level
  • Bridging Research and Practice to Eliminate Ethnic Disparities in Clinical Care
    11-11:50 a.m.
    Convention Center / Room 143C Street Level
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines — Methods, Relevance and Future Directions
    12-1:50 p.m.
    Convention Center / Room 140A Street Level
  • Continuing Education Workshop No. 159: Best Clinical Practices for Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults
    1-4:50p.m.
    Renaissance Washington DC Hotel / Meeting Room 3 Meeting Room Level
  • APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research  — Recipient: Cameron J. Camp, PhD
    Presentation Title: Psychosocial Treatments for Dementia: A Human Rights Issue
    2-2:50 p.m. 
    Convention Center/Room 144A Street Level 
  • APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Institutional Practice  — Recipient: Linda R. Mona, PhD
    Presentation Title: Culturally Competent Sexual Healthcare: The Untold Story of VA Patient-Centered Care
    4-4:50 p.m.
    Convention Center/Room 143C Street Level 

Sunday, Aug. 6

  • Managing Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice — How to Avoid the Ethical "Hot Seat"
    8-9:50 a.m.
    Convention Center / Room 144C Street Level
  • Continuing Education Workshop No. 167: Sustaining Practice — Balint Groups for Practitioner Self-Care, Professional Development and Training
    8-11:50 a.m.
    Renaissance Washington DC Hotel / Meeting Rooms 8 and 9 Meeting Room Level
  • Training on Human Sexuality — Missed Opportunities and Their Consequences for Clinical Practice
    9-9:50 a.m.
    Convention Center / Room 102B Street Level
  • Summit on Master's Training in Psychological Practice — Current and Future Status
    10-11:50 a.m.
    Convention Center / Room 152A Street Level

Stay updated on social: Keep up with convention happenings or make new connections through Twitter. Follow @APAPractice for Practice-related updates and information of interest to practicing psychologists and follow @DrNordal for updates from Executive Director Katherine C. Nordal, PhD.

Use the hashtag #APA2017 to read what other convention attendees are discussing regarding the convention.

You can also download the redesigned APA Annual Convention multishow app, available for Apple and Android devices.