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Join us for PPA's Spring CE Conference!
April 20, 2018, Sheraton Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA

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(registration for other Spring events is also available here!)


 Handouts for the Spring Conference will be posted as received from speakers. Click here to access the current handouts!

Date/Time Title Presenter Description
W01 4/20, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Exploring Blind Spots in Doctor/Patient Relationships: Balint Group Process
Jeff Sternlieb, PhD 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.
W02 4/20, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm What’s New in the Last 10 Years?: Update for Experienced Psychotherapists or Counselors Samuel Knapp, Ed.D., 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 presenter offers his 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.
4/20, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm The PFMI: Creating an Outcome Measurement Tool for Seniors Jordan Golin, PsyD; Jeffrey D. Freedman, PhD Outcome measurement tools that are user- and client-friendly can be developed in real world, clinical settings while still adhering to reliability and validity principles.  Lessons learned in the development of the PFMI for seniors can also be applied to other populations and contexts.



4/20, 12:30 - 1:30 pm The Essentials of Assessing Suicidal Patients: A Brief Course Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP  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.
W05 4/20, 1:45 - 3:45 pm Drum and Rhythm Therapy for Hard-to-Reach Clients Valerie Ignatenko, PhD This program will describe how to use therapeutic drumming and rhythm in a therapy session, and will highlight the benefits of doing so.  Drum beats speak a language that bridges cultural barriers, breaks down emotional walls, and has been found effective for treating many disorders.
W06 4/20, 1:45 - 4:45 pm How Well do You Know Your Ethics? Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP This advanced workshop will review the most common difficult ethical or legal issues faced by psychologists. These often occur in the areas of professional boundaries, the licensing law, competence, and informed consent. This workshop, which assumes an understanding of ethics and Pennsylvania’s laws, will involve participant interaction.
W07 4/20, 1:45 - 4:45 pm Suicidology and the Human Condition: Let’s Talk About It Nancy K. Farber, PhD In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about existential theory and suicidality, relevant research, and strategies for helping individuals move toward choosing life.  The presenter will share examples of how she and others transcended suicidal crises. Audience members will then be divided into groups to engage in active learning.


Per workshop

  Until Mar 30
After Mar 30

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 2018 Spring Continuing Education Conference will be held at the Sheraton Station Square: 300 W. Station Square Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15219; (412) 261-2000. PPA has a block of rooms reserved at the discounted rate of $139/night plus tax. If you are interested in reserving a room for the Spring Conference please contact the hotel at (412) 261-2000 or click here to book online before March 19.

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.


Credits Offered:

3 Continuing Education Credits Per Workshop. There will also a 1 hour luncheon workshop from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  (luncheon and 1 hour CE is included in the $50 cost of the luncheon).


Continuing Education Credits - Spring 2018
The Spring 2018 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.


Spring CE Handouts

2018 Spring Conference Handouts

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Handouts for PPA's 2018 Spring Continuing Education Conference
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
W01 - Exploring Blind Spots in Doctor/Patient Rela PDF (80.35 KB)  more ] Administration 4/16/2018
W04 Knapp -suicide handouts for April 2018.pdf PDF (239.25 KB) Administration 4/10/2018
W02 Knapp - What is New Spring 2018.pdf PDF (149.9 KB) Administration 4/10/2018
W06 Knapp - How Well do you Know Your Ethics.pdf PDF (110.21 KB) Administration 4/10/2018
W04 Knapp - essentials of screening and assess.pdf PDF (115.14 KB) Administration 4/10/2018
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