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Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Hotel Monaco, Pittsburgh

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Workshop Schedule
Friday, April 3, 2020



8:00-12:00 pm
W01 - Psychological First Aid
Shari Kim, PhD
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.
8:30 - 11:30 am
W02 - Doing Dynamic Supervision
John A. "Jay" Mills, PhD 

"Dynamic” interventions are a family of powerful methods that are relevant in a wide range of settings. This workshop with introduce the practice of these methods (e.g. interpersonal, narrative, experiential) in supervision. As foundation, particular attention will be given to key concepts, unique ethical considerations, and multicultural fundamentals.

8:30 - 11:30 am
W03 - A Script-Based Approach to Couples Therapy
Brett Schur, PhD
We grow up with rules (scripts) for managing affect, as well as relationships, but each partner comes to the marriage with a different set of scripts.  The couples therapist helps each partner to understand their own and their partner’s scripts for managing affect and relationships.
12:00 - 1:00 pm LUNCH
W04 - Talking About Suicide: The Patient's Experience and the Therapist's Experience
Brett Schur, PhDKnowing the literature about suicide isn’t enough when the patient is unwilling to talk about it, or when the therapist’s feelings interfere.  Understanding the experience of the patient and recognizing the therapists own feelings can help open channels of communication. This program fulfills the requirements of Act 74.
1:30 - 2:30 pm
W05 - Understanding and Building a Reflective Practice Through Self-Discovery and Awareness
Cathy Petchel, MA; Erin Johnson, PhD; Jenna Henessey, PhD
The Professional Development Committee within PPA, believes that self discovery and awareness is an ongoing process of reflective action, learning,integrating and applying. Openness to and intentionality about self discovery through reflective practice nurtures positive changes, build professional stamina (McMullen, 2001) and deepens the quality of our professional growth. As Psychologists, we gain a level of personal understanding and insight serving both our clients and our development as professionals. Our paneled symposia will address Three Types of Reflection and the process to engage participants in reflection.
1:30 - 4:30 pm
W06 - Bullying at School: What you can do About it
Laura Crothers, DEd
Participants will be exposed to information regarding different types of bullying, bullies, and victims, as well as the consequences of bullying. A review of theoretical explanations for why bullying occurs will be presented. Then, attention will be paid to the remedies for bullying for children.
1:30 - 4:30 pmW07 - A Principle-Based Approach to Ethics
Brett Schur, PhD

When all professional behavior and decisions are anchored in an overarching ethical philosophy, the result is ethical excellence. We begin with a discussion of the ethical principles which form the basis for the APA Ethics Code, then offer a series of vignettes taken from everyday problems encountered in clinical practice. 

2:45 - 4:45 pm
W08 - So you Want a Private Practice? (Non-CE)
Rebecca Coleman, PhD

Attendees will learn the difficulties and rewards of setting up a private practice. There are pitfalls that are unknown until you fall in!



Registration Type
(per workshop)

Until March 3
After March 3

PPA Members (3-hr CE workshop)

$80.00/workshop $95.00/workshop
Non-members (3-hr CE workshop)
$130.00/workshop $145.00/workshop
Student Members (3-hr CE workshop)
$20.00/workshop $35.00/workshop
Non-member Students (3-hr CE workshop)


Friday Luncheon Workshop (1 CE) $50.00 $50.00
 Friday Luncheon Workshop (1 CE) NON-Member

(see individual pricing for one and two hour workshops)

The Spring 2020 Continuing Education Conference will be held Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Hotel Monaco.

Location and Lodging

Hotel Monaco
620 William Penn Place
PA 15219

PPA has a limited block of rooms reserved at the discounted rate of $149/night + tax.If you are interested in reserving a room for the Spring Conference contact Ava at (412) 230-4813 before March 3, 2020.

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 Spring 2020 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

Credits are offered on a workshop basis. Please see individual workshops for the credits offered for each.