APA convention: Sessions for practitioners

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

There are a variety of sessions and activities geared towards practicing psychologists at the 2018 APA convention.

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

Thursday, Aug. 9

  • Workshop: The Psychologist's Role in Postpartum Psychosis — From Recognition, to Treatment, to Legal Advocacy
    8-11:50 a.m.
    Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel/Union Square Room 21 Fourth Floor-Tower 3.
  • Skill-Building Session: I Can Feel Better — Facilitating Recovery in Youth at Clinical High Risk
    10-10:50 a.m.
    Moscone Center/Room 3011 Level 3-West Building.
  • Symposium: Advocacy for Serious Mental Illness — Education, Assessment, Intervention and Consultation
    11-11:50 a.m.
    Moscone Center/Room 105 Lobby Level-South Building.
  • Conversation Hour: Conversation with Mark Lukach, Author of My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward
    12-12:50 p.m.
    Moscone Center/Room 2000 Level 2-West Building.
  • Discussion: Integrated Care Across the Continuum — Let’s talk Practicalities, Training, and Opportunities (Div. 31)
    1-1:50 p.m.
    Moscone Center, Room 206.
  • Invited Symposium: Keeping Psychologists in the Driver's Seat — Multiple Perspectives on Quality Improvement
    1-1:50 p.m.
    Moscone Center/Room 104 Lobby Level-South Building.
  • Symposium: U.S. Government Update — Psychology, Politics, and Policy During the Trump Presidency
    1-1:50 p.m.
    Moscone Center/Room 154 Upper Mezzanine-South Building.
  • Symposium: The Enchanted EPPP — Integrating a Skills Component Into the Psychology Licensing Examination (Div. 31)
    2-3:50 p.m.
    Moscone Center, Room 2011.   

Friday, Aug. 10

  • Symposium: PSYPACT — A Way to Provide Interjurisdictional Telepsychological Services Legally and Ethically (Div. 31)
    8-8:50 a.m.
    Moscone Center, Room 2003.
  • Workshop: Continuing Education Workshop #129: Evidence-Based Interventions for First-Episode Psychosis — RAISE-ETP and Beyond
    8-3:50 p.m.
    Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel/Union Square Rooms 23 and 24 Fourth Floor-Tower 3.
  • Skill-Building Session: Advocating for Your Profession — The Effectively Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease (Div. 31)
    9-9:50 a.m.
    Moscone Center, Room 3002.
  • Symposium: Telepsychology — Ethical Practice Through Case Illustrations Tailored for Practitioners
    10-11:50 a.m.
    Moscone Center/Room 160 Upper Mezzanine-South Building.
  • Symposium: Be Competitive and More — Reporting on Quality in the Changing Health Care Marketplace
    10-11:50 a.m.
  • Moscone Center/Rooms 305 and 309 Level Three-South Building.
  • Symposium: Next Steps for APA’s Evidence-based Practice Policy: The Role and Application of Guidelines
    2-2:50 p.m.
    Moscone Center, Room 160.
  • State Leadership Forum — Training the Trainer in Legislative Advocacy for Psychologists
    2-3:50 p.m.
    Marriott Marquis Hotel, Pacific Room A.
  • Symposium: Do Prevention Interventions Delivered Early in Life Prevent Later Psychosis Behaviors?
    4-5:50 p.m.
    Moscone Center/Room 307 Level Three-South Building.

Saturday, Aug. 11

  • Symposium: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook — What’s a Psychologist to Do? (Div. 31)
    8-8:50 a.m.
    Moscone Center, Rooms 310 and 311.
  • Symposium: Treatment of Difficult PTSD Cases With Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy
    9-10:50 a.m.
    Moscone Center, Room 160.
  • Symposium: Psychology’s Voice At the Table — Psychologists As Advocates and Elected Officials (Div. 31)
    10-11:50 a.m. 
    Moscone Center, Room 306.
  • Symposium: Perspectives on the Vocational Development of Individuals With Serious Mental Illness
    11-11:50 a.m.
    Moscone Center/Room 208 Level Two-South Building.
  • Symposium: Psychologists and Peer Recovery Specialists Working Together to Facilitate Recovery From SMI
    11-11:50 a.m.
    Moscone Center, Room 307.
  • Symposium: Securing Psychology’s Identity in Health Care: The Next Decade of Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing
    2-3:50 p.m.
    Moscone Center, Room 207.
  • Symposium: The Role of Psychology in Integrated Behavioral Health Care — An International Perspective (Div. 31)
    4-5:50 p.m.
    Moscone Center, Room 159.

Sunday, Aug. 12

  • Skill-Building Session: Desire to Help in Trying Times — Ethically Responding to Disasters (Div. 31)
    8-9:50 a.m.
    Moscone Center, Room 314.
  • Symposium: APA and ASPPB Working Together — Where Ethics and Regulations Converge (Div. 31)
    10-11:50 a.m.
    Moscone Center, Room 160.

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