APA's 2008 Convention: Practice-related program highlights

If you're heading to Boston in August, check out this list of educational opportunities for practicing psychologists

by APA Practice Organization


Parenting Coordination: Practice, Research and Public Policy Issues
LOCATION: Sheraton Boston Hotel, Commonwealth Room
TIME: 8:30 am-6:30 pm

This full-day institute features nationally recognized experts who will discuss unique and emerging issues for psychologists who practice as parenting coordinators, as well as ethical, risk management and malpractice issues related to parenting coordination.

7 CE credits available. Fee includes lunch.
Enrollment is limited - register now using the Web link provided above.

Presenters include: Robin M. Deutsch, PhD; Joan Kelly, PhD; Gerald P. Koocher, PhD; Matthew Sullivan, PhD and APA staff members.

TITLE: If It Ain't Broke, Should We Still Fix It?
15th Annual Institute for Psychology in the Schools
LOCATION: Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Adams Room
TIME: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Graduate programs today are required to constantly evaluate their training curricula in order to stay competitive with each other and within the world at large. This year's institute will address a critical question as related to the future of school psychology: whether the field should maintain Master's-level training or move solely to a Doctoral-level track.

3.5 CE credits available.
Register now using the Web link provided above.

Presenters include: Deanne Bonner, EdD, MSW; Jeffrey A. Miller, PhD, ABPP; Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD; and Rick Short, PhD. Ron Palomares, PhD, will provide opening remarks.


Wednesday, Aug. 13, between 4:00 and 5:00 pm and Thursday Aug. 14, between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: The Practice Directorate booth, located across from the registration area on the Exhibit Level of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

APA members are invited the visit the Practice Directorate booth and meet Dr. Katherine Nordal, who began her tenure as APA Executive Director for Professional Practice in April 2008. The times listed above may be subject to change. Please check the easel sign at the Practice Directorate booth for the final times.


TITLE: Tools for Growth: Taking Control of Your Practice Finances
LOCATION: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 258B.
TIME: 10:00-11:50 AM 
Presented by the APA Practice Organization, with support from CAPP and APA Div. 31

Providing high-quality services in today's marketplace requires that psychologists develop a better understanding of financial issues and make well-informed decisions that benefit the clients they serve, as well as the practice's financial bottom line. This session will review basic tools to help participants understand and track financial performance, protect the financial health of their practices and work smarter, rather than harder.

Presenters include David Ballard, PsyD, MBA, and Nancy Gordon Moore, PhD.

TITLE: Pay for Performance - Quality Improvement Programs
in the Marketplace
LOCATION: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Meeting Room 251
TIME: 10:00-11:50 am

A growing number of pay-for-performance (P4P) and other "quality improvement" programs have been introduced by health insurers and government agencies during the past several years. These programs are already widespread in medical settings and are increasingly being applied to mental health services. This workshop will focus on how P4P programs affect psychologists and their clients. Participants will learn about current programs, topics to consider if asked to participate, confidentiality concerns, policy development, and advocacy regarding practitioner interests in P4P programs.

Chair: Elena Eisman, Ph.D. Presenters include: Katherine Nordal, PhD and Ann M. Doucette, PhD.

TITLE: Psychologists' Pursuit of Wellness Across the Lifespan: Benefits and Barriers to Self-Care Practices
LOCATION: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center/Meeting Room 254B
TIME: 12:00-12:50 pm

This session, presented by members of the APA Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance, identifies both benefits of and barriers to self-care practices spanning a professional career. Presenters will offer anecdotal and research findings while describing ways that psychologists can enhance access to colleague assistance, cope with critical incidents, and cultivate and maintain wellness.

Chair: Leonard J. Tamura, Ph.D. Presenters: Diane L. Bridgeman, PhD; Raymond F. Hanbury, PhD; and Wendy L. Vincent, MA.

TITLE: The Importance of Epidemiological Data in the DSM/ICD
Revision Process
LOCATION: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center/Meeting Room 254B
TIME: 1:00-1:50 pm
This program will focus on the revision of the DSM and ICD systems and implications for practicing psychologists.
Chair: Lynn Bufka, Ph.D. Presenter: Ronald C. Kessler, Ph.D


TITLE: Future of Professional Practice in Psychology: Seeing the Glass as More than Half-Full
LOCATION: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Meeting Room 208
TIME: 2:00 pm-3:50 pm
The purpose of this panel discussion is to provide perspectives on professional practice in health care delivery systems, institutional practice, public policy, organizational settings and when transitioning from clinical settings to consulting. The discussion will provide practitioners with information on how to best prepare themselves for a lifelong and fulfilling career in psychology. Data from the APA Center for Psychology Workforce Analysis (CPWAR) will be reviewed to provide a framework for looking at trends in professional practice.
Chair: Nabil H. El-Ghoroury, Ph.D. Presenters include: William Pate, BA; Barbara T. Roberts, Ph.D; Sandra L. Shullman, Ph.D; and Vicki V. Vandaveer, Ph.D.

TITLE: Psychologists and Services for People with Serious Mental Illness - Opportunities, Successes and Challenges
LOCATION: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 253C
TIME: 2:00-2:50 pm

The titles of individual speakers' presentations are reflected in the list below.

Chair: Steven M. Silverstein, PhD — Cognitive assessment and cognitive remediation as critical needs for many people with serious mental illness.
Presenters: Mary A. Jansen, PhD — Opportunities and Challenges for Psychologists in an Era of Rehabilitation and Recovery of Persons with Serious Mental Illness; Linda K. Knauss, PhD, ABPP — Clinical and Research Directions for the Treatment of Serious Emotional Disturbance; and Bill Safarjan, PhD — California public sector psychologists: Stuck between a rock and a hard place.

TITLE: Guidelines: Finding the Good, Avoiding the Bad
LOCATION: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Meeting Room 207
TIME: 2:00 pm-2:50 pm
This symposium will describe the distinction between treatment guidelines and practice guidelines as defined by APA. Presenters will describe development strategies, quality guideline evaluations, as well as relevant APA policy on guideline development. Presenters will discuss the implications of guidelines for the professional practice of psychologists and for the discipline of psychology.
Presenters: Lynn Bufka, PhD; Nathalie Gilfoyle, JD; Bonnie Spring, PhD. David H. Barlow, PhD, serves as a discussant.

TITLE: Colleague Assistance and the Professional Community - Practice, Regulatory and Ethical Perspectives
LOCATION: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center/Room 258B
TIME: 3:00pm-4:50 pm
This session will explore various aspects of colleague assistance as a way to address personal challenges that may interfere with the practice of psychology. Ethical obligations of psychologists related to competent practice will be featured, and recent literature concerning the role of individual psychologists in promoting competent practice through self observation and self care will be summarized. The importance of the psychological community response, including the role of psychological associations and licensing boards in promoting healthy functioning among psychologists, also will be highlighted.
Presenters: Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD; Terri Davis, EdD; and Stephen T. DeMers, EdD.

TITLE: APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice in Health Care Delivery Systems: Promoting an Integrative Model
LOCATION: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center/Meeting Room 206B
TIME: 4:00-4:50pm
Psychologists practice in an increasingly diverse range of health care delivery systems. At the same time, psychologists' roles within these settings are expanding, and interdisciplinary collaboration within health care is becoming more commonplace. This session highlights APA's efforts to revise guidelines intended to assist psychologists, other health care providers and administrators in health care delivery systems in order to conceptualize the roles and responsibilities of psychologists in these diverse contexts. Psychologists will have an opportunity to engage members of the Committee on Professional Practice and Standards and provide feedback on the guidelines revision document.
Chair: Eric Y. Drogin, JD, PhD. Presenters: Nabil H. El-Ghoroury, PhD; Terry S. Gock, PhD; Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD; Mary Ann McCabe, PhD; Lisa D. Piechowski, PhD; and Bonnie Spring, PhD.