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Save the Date for PPA's Fall Continuing Education Conference!
November 16, 2018
The Desmond Malvern, a DoubleTree Hotel

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Thursday, November 15 - The Trust Risk Management Seminar
9:00 am - 4:30 pm (includes lunch)

Sequence VII: Legal and Ethical Risks and Risk Management in Professional Psychological Practice - Working with Couples and Families, Risk Management with the Suicidal Patient, and Legal and Ethical Issues presented by Retirement


Registration Type
  After October 13
PPA Members $195.00
PPA Non-Members

Eligibility for Insurance Premium Discounts
Workshop completion earn 6 CE Credits and eligibility to receive a 15% premium discount on your next 2 consecutive policy periods. To obtain CE discounts, submit CE certification from this program (or an organization approved by APA to offer CE credit and completed within the previous 15 months) with the insurance application. Discounts cannot be combined and are not applicable to Researcher/Academician or Student policies. Group policies become eligible for the CE discount when at least 50% of those insured under the group policy submit CE certification. All applications are individually underwritten and submission of CE certification will not guarantee insurance policy issuance or renewal.

FULL - Thursday, November 15 - Act 31 - Child Abuse and Recognition Workshop
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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.

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. Fulfill their responsibilities as mandated reporters of child abuse.

ACT 31 Workshop Registration Pricing

Registration Type

After Oct 13
PPA Members $80.00
Non-PPA Members $130.00



Fall 2018 Continuing Education Workshop
Friday, November 16: AM Session - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch session - 12:30 - 1:30 pm (includes lunch and 1 hr CE)
PM Session - 1:45 - 4:45 pm

 Time Title and Speaker Description Objectives
 W01 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ethical and Legal Issues When Working with Children
Samuel Knapp, Ed.D., ABPP

The treatment of children in Pennsylvania involves a complex web of laws, court cases, and regulations that can become difficult to navigate. This workshop will cover common ethical and legal issues that arise when working with minors in Pennsylvania including consent to treatment, confidentiality with children, access to records, and other issues. It will not cover the Child Protective Services Law.


1. Describe Pennsylvania’s ethical and legal standards regarding minor’s consent to treatment, confidentiality, and patient access to records; and
2. Analyze difficult cases using patient focused risk management principles
 W02 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Effective Skills & Competencies for Clinical Supervision

Kristin Mehr, PhD; Rachel Daltry, PsyD

 This presentation will discuss models of supervisor development, supervision theories, effective and ineffective supervisor behaviors, and professional guidelines and competencies for supervision. Case examples will be utilized to allow participants to apply the content of the presentation to supervision scenarios.  This presentation fulfills the supervision continuing education requirement.  1. Apply models of supervisor development to their experiences.
2. List effective and ineffective supervision skills/behaviors.
3. Describe various theories of supervision.
4. Assess their areas of competency and weakness as a supervisor.
5. Apply effective supervision skills and competencies to scenarios.
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

2018 Family Updates for Pennsylvania Psychologists

Jan C. Grossman, Ph.D., Esq.

This program will bring Pennsylvana Psychologists up to date on the latest developments in Child Custody, Divorce, and Protection from Abuse. Ethical interaction with the legal profession will also be discussed. Discuss how a practitioner can ethically relate to the following forensic issues that arise in today's professional practice:
1. Child Custody
2. Divorce
3. Protection From Abuse
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch Workshop: Ten Ways to Improve the Treatment of Suicidal Patients

Samuel Knapp, Ed.D., ABPP; Brett Schur, PhD

This workshop will describe 10 quick steps on how psychologists can improve the quality of services to suicidal patients. These brief steps are anchored on overarching ethical principles and sound professional judgment. This workshop will fulfill Act 74 requirements.


1. Identify ten strategies that psychologists can use that will increase their effectiveness in working with suicidal patients. 
 W05 1:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Making Ethics Come Alive through Self-Reflection 

Jeff Sternlieb, PhD; Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP

 Ethics should be more than a list of disembodied rules divorced from our day-to-day experiences as psychologists. This workshop looks at how we can live out our ethical ideals by developing the habit of focusing on our overarching values and being on guard unrecognized biases or fatigue that can keep us from acting in a manner congruent with our deeply held values. 1. Identify their deeply held values that motivate them in their professional lives; and
2. Describe how self-reflection can help psychologist achieve more ethical habits of practice and reach more ethical decisions; and
3. Apply the spirit of the APA Ethics Code in their work. 
 W06 1:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Things about Family Law Every Psychologist Should Know

Steven Cohen, PhD; Marolyn Morford, PhD; Kathryn L. Vennie, DBH, M.S.; Ashley Milspaw, PsyD

There are many opportunities and roles psychologists often find themselves in that bump against Family Law. We will describe these inevitable situations and the valuable services, mostly not insurance-based, that psychologists can provide ethically and confidently. If you work with children, you need this information.

- Describe varied roles that psychologists can have in Family Law related cases.
- Explain the limits and boundaries of the various roles.
- Identify who is the client in the services provided: parent or parents; the child; the attorney; or the Court.
- Describe the ethical codes and practice standards for the various roles.

 W07 1:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Psychological First Aid 

Shari Kim, PhD

 Psychological First Aid: Helping Others in Times of Stress is a basic level web-­‐based, instructor-­‐led and virtual instructor-­‐led course that provides a framework for understanding the factors that affect stress responses in disaster relief workers and the clients they serve. The course introduces the principles of psychological first aid and guidelines for when to refer to a Disaster Mental Health worker. Participants engage in practice exercises and a review of the course content. Learn how to respond to diverse populations across varying age groups. It is a required course for anyone who wishes to become a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Responder.  Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to
—Recognize the signs of stress in clients, co-­‐workers, and themselves.
- Provide immediate support to people who may be experiencing stress by using
psychological first aid principles.
- Obtain Disaster Mental Health support for clients, co-­‐workers, and themselves,
when needed.

Click HERE to register now!

Registration Type

After Oct 13
PPA Members (per workshop)
Non-members (per workshop)
Student Members (per workshop)
Non-member Students (per workshop)


Luncheon Workshop (FULL)

The Fall 2018 Continuing Education and Ethics Conference will be held Friday November 16, 2018,  9:00 am to 4:45 pm, at The Desmond Malvern, a DoubleTree.  There is no fee for parking. Registration begins at 8:00 am.

Location and Lodging
The Desmond Malvern, a DoubleTree by Hilton
1 Liberty Boulevard
Malvern, PA 19355


PPA has a block of rooms reserved at the discounted rate of $139/night + tax.If you are interested in reserving a room for the Fall Conference 610-296-9800 before October 24, 2018. You can also make your hotel reservation online by clicking here.

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 2018 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

Credits Offered:

The Trust Seminar offers 6 CE credits. The Act 31 - Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting workshop offers 2 CE credits. The Fall Conference offers 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)


2018 Fall Conference Handouts

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
The_Trust_Sequence_VII_-_Agenda_&_Slides_-_Whi.pdf PDF (664.77 KB) Administration 11/13/2018
The_Trust_-_Supplemental_Materials.pdf PDF (5.41 MB) Administration 11/12/2018
Act_31_-_Mandated_Child_Abuse_Powerpoint.pdf PDF (290.36 KB) Administration 11/13/2018
Act_31_-_Manadated_reporting_Table_and_Questio.pdf PDF (47.69 KB) Administration 11/12/2018
W01_-_Ethical_and_Legal_Issues_with_Children.pdf PDF (165.98 KB) Administration 11/8/2018
W01_-_Mental_health_Consent_graph_revised.pdf PDF (16.93 KB) Administration 11/8/2018
W02_-_Effective_Skills_and_Competencies_for_Cl.pdf PDF (834.59 KB) Administration 11/5/2018
W03_-_Child_Custody_Statute.pdf PDF (1.49 MB) Administration 11/8/2018
W03_-_Divorce_Statute.pdf PDF (1.89 MB) Administration 11/8/2018
W03_-_Protection_from_Abuse_Statute.pdf PDF (2.92 MB) Administration 11/8/2018
W04_-_Ten_Steps_for_Improving_Outcomes_with_Su.pdf PDF (209.95 KB) Administration 11/8/2018
W05_-_Making_Ethics_Come_Alive_Through_Self-Re.pdf PDF (382.71 KB) Administration 11/12/2018
W06_-_Things_About_Family_Law_Every_Psychologi.pdf PDF (213.38 KB) Administration 11/12/2018
W06_-_Reconciliation_Therapy_and_Court_Order_3.pdf PDF (79.6 KB) Administration 11/12/2018
W06_-_Exampless_of_Parenting_Capacity_Eval_Que.pdf PDF (11.42 KB) Administration 11/12/2018
W06_-_References_for_Psychology_and_Family_Law.pdf PDF (180.46 KB) Administration 11/15/2018
W06_-_Bibliography_for_Fall_2018_Presentation.pdf PDF (142.59 KB) Administration 11/15/2018
W06_-_Decision_Tree.pdf PDF (24.54 KB) Administration 11/12/2018
W06_-_AGENCY_REFERRAL_INFORMATION_FORM.pdf PDF (61.68 KB) Administration 11/12/2018
W07_-_Psychological_First_Aid_ILTParticipantGu.pdf PDF (1.02 MB) Administration 11/5/2018
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