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PPA2017 Convention

PPA2017, PPA's Annual Convention, will be held from June 14 - 17 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. Join us for 3.5 days of networking, collaboration, and education! Live a little, learn a lot at PPA2017!

6/14/2017 to 6/17/2017
When: June 14 - 17, 2017
9:00 AM
Where: Omni Bedford Springs Resort
2138 US-220 BUS
Bedford, Pennsylvania  15522
United States
Contact: Erin Brady

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Striving to Overcome Interpersonal Violence Throughout the Life Span

PPA2017 will carry on the theme started in 2016 of Overcoming Interpersonal Violence. This important theme permeates all aspects of our society, with technology heightening knowledge of these forms of interpersonal violence, and shedding light on action and inaction that occurs at all levels. The pervasive nature of interpersonal violence has long-lasting impact on everyone involved, including the attainment of developmental stages, positive interpersonal relationships, and healthy coping skills. Areas that will be addressed during 2017 are community violence, human trafficking, domestic violence, Title IX/campus violence and bullying in all forms, including cyber bullying.


The goal, as it was in 2016, is to establish strategies to help our communities move from cultures of detachment and violence to cultures of cooperation, peacefulness, and nonviolence. Topics will seek to identify ways to highlight psychology’s value in homes, schools, workplaces, and our communities at large. We, as psychologists, can become change agents by working with other professionals and agencies to identify causes that fuel violence and develop concrete tools that address and remedy these issues. Nonviolence can be promoted through advocacy and the dissemination of educational tools that reinforce an evolving view of cultural differences, self-awareness, violence, and trauma.


Use the links below to view information about PPA2017!  

2017 Convention Schedule

Workshop Listing

Hotel Information 
 Make your reservation online by clicking here!

Keynote Speaker

Psychology in Pennsylvania Speaker


What is the All-Access Pass? 
An update to our VIP registration rate for members only, the All-Access Pass provides the same all-inclusive pricing, with an update! The All-Access Pass is perfect for convention goers who are interested in attending not just the educational sessions but the meals and social functions as well! This rate includes your registration at the convention and everything that entails (all workshops and PPA events, including the Keynote Address and Town Hall Meeting), as well as all of the ticketed events at a special discounted rate! This year’s rate includes a special book signing opportunity with our keynote speaker, Barbara Amaya.  


The All-Access Pass includes:

  • PPA2017 registration—all four days
  • All ticketed events, including:
    • Special book-signing with Keynote Speaker
    • Lunch with the State Board of Psychology
    • Exhibitor Wine & Cheese Reception
    • PPA Annual Banquet & Awards Dinner
    • Psychology in Pennsylvania Luncheon
    • Student/ECP Reception

All this for less than what you would pay for these options individually! Select “AAP” during the registration process to take advantage of this great rate!


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

 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

PPA2017 Annual Convention is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

Credits Offered:

Workshops that qualify for the ethics requirement as mandated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology are noted in the workshop descriptions. Certificates of Completion will be available online to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form. Partial credits will not be given.

IMPORTANT REMINDER! A participant may arrive no more than 10 minutes late nor leave more than 10 minutes early to receive credit for a program. Please arrive early to register!

APA: The Pennsylvania Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

Act 48: The Pennsylvania Psychological Association is an approved provider for Act 48 Continuing Professional Education Requirements as mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Certificates will be available to all School Psychologists following the conference. Non-PPA members must pay an additional $10 for this service. If you need Act 48 credits, please include your Professional Personnel ID number on the registration form.


Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive continuing education from continuing education providers approved by the American Psychological Association. Since the Pennsylvania Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education, licensed social workers, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirement by attending PPA continuing education programs.

 Program Categories

Introductory: Participants need no prior knowledge of your specific topic or content to participate fully and effectively in the program. The information you are presenting or the skills you are teaching will be unfamiliar to those enrolled although they will be practicing mental health providers or active teachers/researchers.

Intermediate: Participants should have some basic knowledge of the specific content you will cover, but need not have in-depth knowledge or skills. The program will provide information at a level beyond the basic knowledge of the topic.


Advanced: To participate fully, those enrolled must possess a substantial working knowledge or skill level in your specific content area. Generally, the knowledge or skill involved is currently used by the participant in his/her job. At this level, advanced techniques or knowledge would be offered to refine and expand current expertise.


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