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PPA Advocacy, Ethics and Suicide Prevention Workshops

Join PPA, and presenter Sam Knapp, EdD, in Erie for workshops focused on Advocacy, Ethics and Act 74/Suicide Prevention. We're excited to bring these important topics to the Northwest part of the Commonwealth!

10/18/2018 to 10/19/2018
When: October 18-19, 2018
Where: Sheraton Erie Bayfront
55 W Bay Rd Drive
Erie, Pennsylvania  16507
United States
Contact: Erin Brady

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Thursday, October 18
PPA Advocacy in Erie - CE and Reception
McNees-Winter Group
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
1.5 CE Credits; Introductory

Workshop Description:

PPA members are invited to attend PPA's Erie Advocacy CE program and reception with area legislators and/or staffers! This is your chance to influence the process of deciding aspects of how psychology is practiced in Pennsylvania. No room for social loafers here!

PPA's contract lobby firm, McNees-Winter Group, will brief participants on current legislative issues of importance to psychologist on the state level, telepsychology, mental health parity, bills related to interpersonal violence, and relay tips on the legislative process.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to describe:
State issues which impact the practice of psychology; 
The legislative process
Effective forms of advocacy for psychologists

Friday, October 19
Ethics and Suicide Prevention Workshops
Dr. Samuel J. Knapp

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Advanced Ethical Decision-Making: A Scientifically Informed Approach
3 Ethics Credits; Advanced

Workshop Description:

Psychologists encounter many difficult decisions in their professional lives, including how to balance issues of patient autonomy, confidentiality, and boundaries.  Using recent findings from the “science of morality,” this workshop will review present an ethically sound approach to making clinically decisions. Case vignettes will be used, and participant interaction is expected.

At the end of the workshop the participants will be able to:

1.  describe the legal and ethical principles underlying professional conduct

2.  identify ways to incorporate scientific findings on morality into clinical decision making; and

3.  engage in ethical decision-making regarding boundaries and other professional issues

12:30 - 1:30 pm
The Essentials of Assessing Suicidal Patients: A Brief Course
(includes lunch)
1 Suicide CE Credit; meets Act 74 requirements; Introductory

Workshop Description:
This program introduces psychologists to practical and evidence-informed steps to screen for and assess suicidal patients. Emphasis will be placed on using the assessment to inform the management and treatment of suicide. The presenter will view suicide through the perspective of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide.

At the end of this program the participants will be able to describe basic information about assessing suicidal risk


1:45 - 4:45 pm
Problem-Solving Ethics
3 Ethics CE Credit; Advanced

Workshop Description:
Often psychologists encounter situations where two or more overarching ethical principles appear to collide and there is no apparent way to resolve them. Using boundary issues as an example, this workshop will use problem-based learning to illustrate how psychologists can use principle-based ethics to think through problems and attempt to resolve them.


At the end of the workshop the participants will be able to:

1.  define overarching ethical principles especially related to professional psychology

2.   identify ways to think through ethical issues

3.  apply principle-based ethics to real life ethical issues in professional psychology.

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.

No speaker conflicts of interest have been identified for these workshops

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