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2019 Fall Continuing Education Conference

11/7/2019 to 11/8/2019
When: November 7-8, 2019
8:00 am
Where: DoubleTree Valley Forge
301 W Dekalb Pike
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania  19406
United States
Contact: Erin Brady
(717) 232-3817

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Thursday, 11/7

8:00 - 11:00 am

Advanced Risk Management: An Ethically Informed Approach

All psychologists will encounter some patients with complex or difficult problems that put them at the risk of treatment failure. In addition, some of them, rightly or wrongly, are likely to blame their psychologists for this failure and seek redress through a disciplinary body. When faced with such patients, it is important for all psychologists to rely on ethically based risk management principles and eschew false risk management strategies that are overly simplistic, fear-based, defensive, and which increase the risk of a treatment failure or a disciplinary complaint. According to the presenter, the best risk management strategy is to provide and document good quality care. This can be done by relying on ethically based quality enhancement strategies: consultation, empowering patients, double-checking one’s work, and good documentation. These strategies are most effective when conducted by self-reflective psychologists who practice within a supportive community.

This workshop will review the common sources and contexts of disciplinary complaints, identify false risk management principles, identify and give examples of risk management principles that are based on overarching ethical principles, review the role of self-reflection and a communitarian approach to effective practice, and describe situations where the risk management principles can be applied effectively. Participant interaction is encouraged.

Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP

1.List the common areas of practice where disciplinary actions are most likely to occur;
2.Compare false risk management strategies with effective risk management strategies;
3.Give examples of the four quality enhancement strategies and describe how they are linked to overarching ethical principles;
4.Explain the role of self-reflection and in reducing practice risks;
5.Apply the communitarian approach to your practice;
6.Apply risk management strategies to real life patients.


Thursday, 11/7

8:00 - 11:00 am

An Affect-Based Approach to Understanding Anger
Programs on anger usually address the management of undesirable behaviors. This program offers an understanding of the affective underpinnings of anger, why it exists, what functions it serves, and especially the relationship between shame and anger. The presentation is based on the work of Silvan S. Tomkins. Attention will be offered to cultural factors in shame and anger.

Brett Schur, PhD

1. Identify the evolutionary basis of the affects.
2. Describe the differences between innate affect and scripted affect.
3. Identify two anger-management scripts and describe the ways they determine how the expression of anger varies from one individual to another.
4. Identify two cultural influences on the expression of anger.

W03 - Lunch (additional fee)

Thursday, 11/7

11:30 am- 1:30 pm

Act 31 Workshop - If you are interested in attending this workshop please contact Erin Brady ( or check with the registration desk if you are registered for other workshops at the Conference.
In 2013 and 2014 Pennsylvania enacted numerous changes to the Child Protective Services Law. The purpose of this workshop is to review the signs leading to the recognition of child abuse and the reporting requirements for suspected child abuse in Pennsylvania. Those mandated reporters who complete this course will fulfill their mandatory requirements for licensing renewal and applicants for health care licenses in Pennsylvania will fulfill their requirement for education in child abuse reporting and recognition in Pennsylvania. This workshop describes the child welfare services in Pennsylvania, defines important terms related to the child abuse reporting law, and delineates the responsibilities of mandated reporters, ways to recognize child abuse, and other topics.

Rachael Baturin, MPH, JD

1. Describe the child welfare system in Pennsylvania;
2. Define child, child abuse, perpetrators, and other relevant terms;
3. Paraphrase the responsibilities of mandated reporters;
4. Recognize the signs of child abuse and situations where child abuse must be reported; and
5. Understand how to fulfill their responsibilities as mandated reporters of child abuse.


Thursday, 11/7

1:45 - 4:45 pm

My Suicidal Patient Isn’t Going to The Hospital – What Do I Do Next?
This program goes beyond assessment of suicidality to focus on steps clinicians can take to work most effectively with chronically suicidal patients, including helping them reduce the risk of suicide attempts, alleviate ongoing distress, develop strategies to use when distress is elevated, and access resources.

Brett Schur, PhD; Sam Knapp, EdD, ABPP

1. Identify twelve strategies that will increase a clinician’s effectiveness in working with chronically suicidal patients;
2. Describe an approach to collaborate with patients to develop a safety plan and a plan for living.
3. Describe how to help patients to learn from a suicidal crisis.


Thursday, 11/7

1:45 - 4:45 pm

Traumatized Patients/Traumatized Psychologists: Can Positive Psychology Help with Current Events?
We are living in an age of seemingly unrelenting traumatizing current events, taxing even the most resilient and heightening anxiety for psychologists and our clients. This workshop will explore how the principles and strategies of positive psychology (eg mindfulness, gratitude, resilience, training) can optimize our own, and our patients' functioning during these stressful times.

Karyn Scher, PhD

1) apply key components of positive psychology (including Post-Traumatic Growth) to treatment of patients' concerns about adapting to troubling current events.
2) apply key components of positive psychology to psychologist self-care in the context of troubling current events and conflicts.
3) assess the value of proactive involvement in promoting positive values in their families, work environments, and larger communities.


Friday, 11/8

8:30 - 11:30 am

Understanding the APA Ethics Code- Intermediate
This program will help learners develop a more detailed knowledge of the APA Ethics Code including the purposes of ethics codes, how ethics codes are linked to overarching ethical principles, and how the enforceable standards apply to the work of psychologists. There will be participant interaction on the application of the Ethics Code and an assessment (for educational purposes only) on the extent to which the content is mastered. The workshop assumes a basic understanding of the APA Ethics Code.

Molly Cowan, PsyD; Linda K Knauss, PhD, ABPP; Randy Fingerhut, PhD

1.Describe the purposes of ethics codes;
2. Describe the three sections of the APA Ethics Code: Introduction and Applicability, General Principles, and Enforceable Standards;
3. Paraphrase the overarching ethical principles that underlie the APA Ethics Code and describe how they support the enforceable standards of the APA Ethics Code; and
4. Apply the enforceable standards and General (aspirational) Principles of the APA Ethics Code in specific situations


Friday, 11/8

8:30 - 11:30 am

Developing an Ethical Lens: Transforming Ethical Desire into Ethical Action
Sometimes we fail to meet the minimal standards of our profession, and we don’t even realize it. Mostly it is because of lapses in judgement, especially during times of stress. At other times we fail to live up to our highest ideals because we have not thought through issues or challenges ahead of time. Lived ethics refers to actions that we can take to ensure that we meet both the basic obligations of our profession and to give us a better chance of fulfilling our ethical ideals. Using insights from organizational and social psychology, pilot training (decision making) and medical education, this workshop discusses strategies that psychologists can use to reach their ethical goals or to reduce the influence of blindspots that keep them from realizing their vulnerabilities and shortcomings. This workshop is experiential and interactive.

Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP; Jeff Sternlieb, PhD

1. List strategies that psychologists can use to help them reach their ethical goals;
2. Describe strategies that psychologists can take to reduce their ethical blindspots;
3. Articulate their professional value system.


Friday, 11/8

9:30 - 11:30 am

Psychologist Prescriptive Authority - The Latest on Legislation, Practice and Training
Currently, 80% of psychotropic medications are prescribed by primary care physicians, and the American Association of Medical Colleges estimates that by the year 2025 there will be a nationwide deficit of physicians between 46,000- 90,000. With 59 percent of the nation’s psychiatrists over the age of 55, and only 12,500 practicing psychiatrists in the country (with only 26 percent of these psychiatrists accepting insurance), the need for properly trained clinicians to holistically treat mental illness is great. This workshop will discuss the latest updates in psychologist prescribing rights and legislation, the states who have adopted prescribing rights and experiences in those locations, as well as a practical discussion of required training for prescribing rights. The presenters propose that clinical specialties in psychology could be enhanced further with psychologists who are trained in clinical psychopharmacology, and that prescriptive authority is an essential step to providing thousands of patients with access to comprehensive mental health care.

Tracy E. Ransom, Psy.D., BCB, MSCP; Jennifer M. Collins, Psy.D.

1. Describe benefits & challenges of RxP;
2. List the states that have RxP & psychologist experiences in these locations;
3. Discuss legislative affairs related to RxP;
4. Describe training program requirements for RxP;
5. Analyze the prescribing rights initiative through group discussion

W09 - Lunch (additional fee)

Friday, 11/8

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Working with Suicidal Patients: The Therapist Experience - If you are interested in attending this workshop please contact Erin Brady ( or check with the registration desk if you are registered for other workshops at the Conference.
The purpose of this program is to help participants more fully understand their own emotions and thoughts when working with suicidal patients. Using a small group format, participants will be offered a series of discussion topics related to their experiences working with suicidal patients. Topics will include myths about suicide, past patient experiences, and personal experiences of knowing people who died by suicide or struggle with suicidal thoughts.

Brett Schur, PhD; Sam Knapp, EdD, ABPP

1. Identify three myths about suicide;
2. Describe the alarmist and dismissive reactions to suicidal patients;
3. Describe one personal reaction to working with a suicidal patient.


Friday, 11/8

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Understanding the APA Ethics Code- Advanced
The purpose of this program is to help learners develop an advanced knowledge of the APA Ethics Code including an evaluation of the extent to which the APA Ethics Code and its application in more difficult or nuanced situations. There will be participant interaction on the application of the Ethics Code and an assessment (for educational purposes only) on the extent to which the content is mastered. The workshop assumes familiarity with the APA Ethics Code.

Molly Cowan, PsyD; Sam Knapp, EdD; Linda Knauss, PhD; Randy Fingerhut, PhD

1. Apply the enforceable standards of the APA Ethics Code in difficult or complicated situations;
2. Discuss the extent to which the APA Ethics Code fulfills its intended purpose; and
3. Evaluate the extent to which the APA Ethics Code can be justified by overarching ethical principles


Friday, 11/8

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Exploring Blind Spots in Doctor-Patient Relationships: Balint Group Process
Because the therapist-patient relationship is central to psychotherapy, dysfunctional relationships can lead to tension, resentment, poor outcomes, and burnout in the clinician. Balint work facilitates understanding the complexity and therapeutic potential of the clinician-patient relationship. Participants will learn about Balint groups by participation in Balint group case discussions.

Jeff Sternlieb, PhD

1. Describe the essential aspects of a Balint group’s safe learning environment
2. Incorporate colleague perspectives on challenging patient relationships
3. Use self-awareness and self-reflection processes to improve relationships with patients.


Friday, 11/8

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Addressing the Psychological Treatment Needs of Seniors
One in four senior adults may experience a psychological disorder. Yet, behavioral health services are underutilized by this growing population. This workshop examines opportunities to provide empirically based and culturally sensitive psychological services to seniors in a variety of settings. Ethical considerations and documentation requirements will be reviewed as well.

Anna Zacharcenko, Psy.D.; Rise Kass, PhD; Christopher Catalfamo, MA

1. List three psychological presenting problems which seniors may experience.
2. Identify three settings in which psychological issues of the elderly may present themselves.
3. Select clinically appropriate, empirically based interventions based upon the senior client’s treatment setting and the client’s cognitive presentation.
4. Describe how cultural issues may influence whether an older adult participates in psychological services


Registration Type
(per workshop)

Until Oct 15
After Oct 15
PPA Members
$80.00/workshop $95.00/workshop
$130.00/workshop $145.00/workshop
Student Members
$20.00/workshop $35.00/workshop
Non-member Students $45.00/workshop


Thursday Luncheon Workshop (2 CE) $75.00 $75.00
Friday Luncheon Workshop (1 CE) $50.00 $50.00

The Fall 2019 Continuing Education Conference will be held Thursday, November 7, 2019 and Friday, November 8, 2019, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the DoubleTree Valley Forge. Registration begins at 8:00 am on Thursday and Friday.

Location and Lodging

DoubleTree Valley Forge
301 W Dekalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA 19406


PPA has a block of rooms reserved at the discounted rate of $124/night + tax.If you are interested in reserving a room for the Fall Conference contact 610-337-1200 before October 24, 2019.


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 2019 Continuing Education 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.


Credits Offered

3 Continuing Education Credits Per Workshop. There will also be a 2 hour luncheon workshop on Thursday, November 7, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and a 1 hour luncheon workshop on Friday, November 8, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  (lunch and CE is included in the cost of each luncheon)