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2016 Fall Continuing Education & Ethics Conference

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The Fall 2016 Continuing Education and Ethics Conference will be held Friday, November 4, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Registration begins at 8:00 am.



W01 9:00 am - 12:00 pm What’s New in the Last 10 Years?: Update for Experienced Psychotherapists or Counselors   Samuel J. Knapp, EdD, ABPP 

It has been estimated that the half-life for a professional psychologist is 9 years. Thus, professional psychologists need to work assiduously to keep up to date with the changes in the field. This continuing education program strives to do that by having participants reflect on the most significant changes in the field in the last 10 years.

To facilitate this reflection, the presenters offer their update in the psychotherapy and counseling literature in the last 10 years as an opportunity for participants to reflect on and consider their perceptions of the important developments in the field. This focuses on changes in psychotherapy and counseling and does not consider changes in other fields, except as they influence psychotherapy or counseling. There will be considerable participant interaction.

Although this is not intended as a course for those studying for the EPPP, students studying for the EPPP may find it a useful adjunctive learning experience.  

W02  9:00 am - 12:00 pm Assessment and Diagnosis of Social Communication Disorders Rosemarie Manfredi, PsyD   Social communication problems are conditions and disorders that affect an individual’s ability to use language or communicate effectively in one or more settings. Social communication problems occur in a number of conditions and disorders, including selective mutism, social anxiety, extreme shyness, language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and bilingualism. 
W03  9:00 am - 12:00 pm Everything You Didn’t Learn About Addiction in Grad School (and didn’t think to ask)  Mark Schenker, PhD Substance use disorders (SUDs) are ubiquitous in all clinical populations, but few psychologists have been trained in assessing and treating these disorders. This problem is exacerbated by unnecessary stigma and avoidance. This workshop will provide a basic orientation to dealing with SUDs as they emerge in your own practice.   
W04 12:15 - 1:15 pm  Lunch Session: Patients at Risk to die from Suicide: Assessment, Management, and Intervention Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the most frequent crisis experienced by mental health professionals. This workshop reviews basic information about the assessment, management, and treatment of patients at risk to die from suicide.  
W05 - Ethics 1:30-4:30 pm Advanced Risk Management: An Ethically Informed Approach   Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP  All psychologists will encounter patients who present with factors that make them complex, difficult, or high risk.  When faced with such patients, it is important for all psychologists (and especially psychologists who are consultants or supervisors) to rely on ethically based risk management principles. This workshop will review ethically based risk management principles and apply them in true to life vignettes. Participants are expected to participate in small group discussions of ethical dilemmas.  
W06  1:30-4:30 pm Teaching Mindful Eating: Combating Eating Issues  Jessica Reinhard, MA;

Bridgette Clarke, BS; Emily McGaughey, MA

Mindfulness based interventions stress attention regulation by nonjudgmentally focusing on certain stimuli.  Such techniques emphasize training the mind towards bodily sensations, perceptions, cognitions, and emotions.  Mindfulness based intervention demonstrates particular promise when applied to clients with eating disorders.  Individuals observe their thoughts and emotions, ultimately increasing self-awareness and self-acceptance. 
W07 1:30-4:30 pm  A Boots on the Ground Integrated Model for Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma Susan C. McGroarty, PhD  This symposium will provide attendees with information and clinical examples of an integrated treatment approach for working with adult survivors of childhood trauma.  The model uses an assimilative approach to incorporate cognitive and behavioral and mindfulness-based techniques within an attachment based psychodynamic framework. As these clients often present with elements of a personality disorder, there will be a strong focus on managing alliance challenges.  Case examples will be used to illustrate concepts, for applying these treatment of clients will be explored. 



Per workshop

  Until October 24   After October 24

PPA Members

$80.00  $95.00 
Non-members $130.00  $145.00 

Student Members

$20.00  $35.00 
Non-member Students   $45.00  $60.00 
Lunch  $40.00  $40.00 


Location and Lodging
The 2016 Fall Conference will be held at the Doubletree Philadelphia-Valley Forge: 301 W. DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406. PPA has a block of rooms reserved at the discounted rate of $139/night. If you are interested in reserving a room for the Fall Conference please contact the hotel at (610) 337-1200 or (800) TRY-VFPA before Friday, October 14.

Cancellation Policy

All workshop registration cancellation requests must be made in writing to Iva Brimmer, Director of Administration ( - no phone cancellations will be accepted. Cancellation requests made more than 72 hours before the workshop will result in a 50% refund of the registration fee. PPA cannot postpone registrations and/or transfer fees to future events.

Cancellations made less than 72 hours before the workshop and no shows for the Convention will result in forfeiture of the entire registration fee.

PPA recognizes that serious issues, out of the attendee’s control, may arise and could prevent an attendee from cancelling their registration by the cancellation deadline. Please contact PPA within one week of the final date of the conference if you have any questions about your cancellation.


Special Needs

The Pennsylvania Psychological Association is committed to providing access and support to persons with special needs who wish to participate in the programs we sponsor. Persons with disabilities and special needs are encouraged to contact PPA at 717.232.3817, no less than three weeks before the conference, for further information.


Continuing Education Credits
The Fall 2016 Continuing Education and Ethics Conference is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. The Pennsylvania Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Pennsylvania Psychological Association is an approved provider for Act 48 Continuing Professional Education Requirements as mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Credits Offered:

3 Continuing Education Credits Per Workshop. There will also a 1 hour luncheon workshop from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.  (luncheon and 1 hour CE is included in the $40 cost of the luncheon).




Handouts will be added as they are received from presenters.

2016 Fall Conference Handouts

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Handouts for the Fall 2016 Continuing Education and Ethics Conference
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
W04 - Patients at Risk to Die From Suicide: Assess PDF (114.92 KB)  more ] Administration 10/25/2016
W05 - Advanced Risk Management: An Ethically Infor PDF (217.32 KB)  more ] Administration 10/25/2016
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