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PPA is proud to present webinars on topics that are important to you, and that provide you with the CE credit you need. All live webinars (that are presented in real-time with the possibility for interaction with the presenter) are eligible for LIVE CE credit. All archived webinars are eligible for CE credits, but count as home studies.


Emerging Ethical Issues Prompted by COVID-19
Friday, September 11 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presented by PPA's Director of Professional Affairs, Dr. Sam Knapp and Randy Fingerhut, PhD

PPA Members - $20
Non-members - $40

1 Continuing Education Ethics Credit

Program Description:  The COVID-19 pandemic has caused psychologists to consider many ethical issues such as when or how to address the failure of patients to follow basic safety procedures, whether or how to return to face to face services, or whether one should abandon one's physical office entirely.

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe ethical and practical issues surrounding reopening one's practice to face to face sessions;
  2. Describe the ethical and practical issues concerning abandoning one's physical office entirely; and
  3. How to address patient non-compliance with basic safety protocols in an effective and ethical manner.


From Reflection to Action: Practicing Anti-Racism as a Therapist 

Friday, September 18 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presented by Sean Moundas, PsyD and Whitney Robenolt, PsyD

PPA Members - $20
Non-members - $20

1 Continuing Education Credit

Program Description:  We will discuss anti-racism research and theory utilizing concepts and research from How to be an Antiracist, White Fragility, and 13th. We will also focus on applying this knowledge to anti-racism practice in clinical and supervision contexts. Reading/watching these resources beforehand is preferable and not required.

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between nonracist and antiracist approaches to clinical treatment and supervision; and
  2. Identify strategies for engaging in anti-racism discussions with supervisees and adult clients.

The Future of the Best Practice Evalutation: IBHS and Beyond

Wednesday, September 30 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Hosted by Dan Warner, PhD with voices from across the system of care, including Gordon Hodas, MD; RaeAnn Taylor, PhD; Jessica Umbrell, PsyD; Dennis Valone, EdD; Tara Byers, MS, LPC

PPA Members - $40
Non-members - $80

2 Continuing Education Credits

Program Description:  Best practice evaluations have long been the standard for evaluations under the BHRS system. However, changes to that system will change the perceived need for such evaluations. This roundtable, interactive symposium includes multiple perspectives on the role of the history and role of the BPE, and what role this clinical intervention should have in the emerging child-serving system.

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the role and application of best practice evaluations in the new IBHS system;
  2. Detail the history of the use of the BPE in Pennsylvania's child-serving mental health system; and
  3. Describe the role of high quality psychological evaluations in the emerging Pennsylvania child-serving system.

Four Ways to Enhance Your Suicide Assessments 

Wednesday, October 14 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presented by PPA's Director of Professional Affairs, Dr. Sam Knapp

PPA Members - $20
Non-members - $20

1 Suicide Continuing Education Credit

Program Description:  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the most frequent crisis encountered by mental health professionals. This webinar covers strategies that psychologists can use to maximize the quality of their assessment of suicidal patients: enhanced screening, helping patients to parse out their emotions, expanding inquiries into suicidal thoughts and plans, and anticipating non-disclosure or minimization.

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe four ways to enhance the quality of their suicide assessments.


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Why the World is on Fire: Privilege as a Birthright for Some andUnattainable by Others - Webinar Part 2

PPA Members - $30
Non-members - $60

1.5 Continuing Education Credits

Program Description:  White privilege is the unearned, unasked for often invisible benefits not available to oppressed groups. The goal of the current webinar is to explore the intersection of oppression and privilege with a focus on the role these dynamics play in the current sociopolitical climate. Using the framework of courageous conversations, the facilitator will provide techniques to assist participants with engaging in difficult dialogue.

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical manifestations of White privilege;
  2. Define the intersection of oppression and White privilege in the current sociopolitical climte;
  3. Describe courageous conversations framework; and
  4. Provide examples using this framework to engage in conversations of oppression and privilege.

Meaning-Making in Clinical Practice: Moral Injury, Burnout, and Self-Care: Parts 1 & 2
Presented by John Gavazzi, PsyD; Jeanne Slattery, PhD

PPA Members - $20
Non-members - $40

1 Continuing Education Credit

Program Description:  In session two, we will review meaning and spirituality as these relate to moral injury. We will highlight positive narratives and moral resiliency as ways to care for our patients and ourselves as professionals.

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe global meaning and its relationship to moral injury and moral resilience; and
  2. Identify three strategies for creating greater moral and ethical congruence and resilience.


Webinar - Avoiding the Traps of Family Law Issues as a Psychologist
July 29, 2020
 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presented by Allison Otto, PsyD, chair of PPA's Child & Forensic Committee

Many psychologists don't regularly engage in forensic evaluations or therapy, but still feel caught off guard when facing certain family law issues with their patients. It may be more important for most psychologists to first be aware for knowing what family law issues to be aware of, and then worry about figuring out how to navigate those issues. Dr. Allison Otto will explore some of the main traps psychologists fall into, and how best to avoid them.



Why the World is on Fire: Historical and Ongoing Oppression of Black/African American People in the United States - Webinar Part 1 

PPA Members - $30
Non-members - $60

1.5 Continuing Education Credits

Program Description:  People of color have experienced oppression throughout their lifetime. Psychologists should possess an understanding of the historical and political impact of racism and classism on psychotherapy. Using a culturally humble stance, the facilitator defines racial trauma, explores its impact, and provides a race-informed therapeutic framework to address concerns in psychotherapy.

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical and political underpinnings of racism and classism in the United States;
  2. Describe the concept of racial trauma;
  3. Describe at least four ways that racial trauma impacts individuals and communities of color; and
  4. Describe the race-informed framework for assessing and treating racial trauma in psychotherapy.

Religion (Spirituality), Ethics, and Psychotherapy


PPA Members - $20
Non-members - $40

1 Continuing Education Ethics Credit

Program Description:  Many psychologists feel uncertain how or when to address religious or spiritual issues presented by patients. By viewing religion or spirituality as a component of culture, this webinar explores ways that psychologists address religious and spiritual issues in a manner that maximizes respect for religious values as well as upholding patient well-being and overarching ethical values.

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Address the religious and spiritual issues that patients bring into therapy; and
  2. Mobilize religious or spiritual strengths to promote patient well-being or ethically address problem areas related to religion.

Ethical Responses When Dealing with Prejudiced Patients

PPA Members - $20
Non-members - $40

1 Continuing Education Credit

Program Description:  Psychologists often deal with patients who may make prejudiced or hate filled comments. This workshop presents a format on principle-based ethics for psychologists to think through their responses to such comments and respond in a manner that maximizes adherence to overarching ethical principles.

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how to respond in an ethically and clinically appropriate manner when patients make prejudiced comments.



Learn...Lead...Change: Psychologists as Learning Leaders

1 Continuing Education Credit

Program Description:  This presentation will summarize the key perspectives and skills for psychologists to think of themselves as learning leaders, based on research done on leadership in ambiguous and uncertain contexts. It will further describe the process by which the American Psychological Association is driving its new strategic plan from a transformational leadership perspective. Emphasis will be given to how state associations can realign key governance and individual psychologists can become learning leaders to create strategic impact.

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe what is meany by psychologists as learning leaders;
  2. Identify key skills of learning leaders; and
  3. Recognize changes in mindset to create greater impact as psychologists.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from outgoing President, Dr. Marie McGrath as she wraps up her presidential year and incoming president Dr. Dea Silbertrust as she highlights her goals for 2020-2021.



Suffering Wisely: Promoting Compassionate Grieving and Post-Traumatic Growth

1 Continuing Education Credit

Program Description:  This hour long webinar will focus on evidence-based techniques for helping clients (and ourselves) react to, live with, and think about suffering well. An emphasis will be placed on techniques that promote self-compassion, mindfulness and loving kindness in reacting to loss as well as strategies for promoting post-traumatic growth after the suffering has ended. Participants will be asked to do two brief exercises before the start of the webinar.

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Use an evidence-based assessment tool for measuring a person's level of self-compassion;
  2. Help clients to use mindfulness and loving kindness to grieve losses as well; and
  3. Help clients to manifest post-traumatic growth after suffering has passed.



Student Loans: Updates and Repayment Options

Non-CE Webinar

Program Description:  This session will provide current psychology students and early career psychologists with information regarding federal student loan repayment and forgiveness options, including income-driven repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness offered by the Department of Education as well as other programs through the Department of Veteran Affairs and the National Health Service Corps. It will also cover the impacts of COVID-19 on federal student loan borrowers.

The presentation will provide an overview of the federal student loan landscape, including student loan and borrower provisions in recently passed COVID-related bills as well as several pieces of pending legislation that would create new loan forgiveness opportunities for individuals in the mental and behavioral health care workforce. Participants will also receive information on potential loan refinancing options as well as tips on useful resources for student debt management and financial literacy.



Introduction to Board Certification in Clinical Psychology

PPA Members - $20
Non-members - $40
Student members - FREE

1 Continuing Education Credit

Program Description:  This presentation will include the benefits and processes involved in pursuing board certification in Clinical Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). This training will benefit everyone - from students (who get discounts for early applications for board certification) to established psychologists (who, if in practice 15+ years, receive special application procedures).

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the benefits of board certification; and
  2. List the steps in pursuit of board certification per the manual of the American Board of Clinical Psychology.


Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Assessing Capacity in the Elderly
Presented by Anna Zacharcenko, PsyD - chair of PPA's Geropsychology Committee

Seniors suffering from cognitive deficits are at increased risk for abuse. When an opinion must be rendered as to the decision making capacity of an elderly adult, interdisciplinary collaboration is critical. Through case vignettes, the assessment of capacity, cultural factors and role delineation impacting assessment will be illustrated. In addition, cognitive screening instruments will be reviewed.



Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Maintaining a Professional and Therapeutic Telepresence when Conducting Distanced Psychotherapy
Presented by: Wayne Roffer, PsyD
Friday, May 1 from 12:30 - 2:00 pm

1.5 Continuing Education Credits

Program Description:   Following the global outbreak of COVID-19, companies, schools, and healthcare providers raced to increase, or in some cases start to offer for the first time, services through virtual platforms. While this change may have come easy for some healthcare providers, adapting an in-person therapeutic environment to a online presence has its challenges. This workshop will focus on the challenges behavioral health providers face in recreating a psychologically healthy and healing space through distanced psychotherapy. Additionally, recommendations will be offered to assist psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers in establishing an online professional appearance (telepresence) that will mimic in-person sessions and maintain a collaborative and recovery-oriented relationship.

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe how online behavioral health presence differs from an in-person behavioral health presence;
2. Identify three challenges remote/distance psychotherapy poses in maintaining a therapeutic relationship;
3. Identify three considerations to one's physical appearance when conducting distanced psychotherapy; and
4. Identify three considerations to one's physical environment when conducting distance psychotherapy.


Ethical Issues with COVID-19

Presented by: Randy Fingerhut, PhD and Samuel J. Knapp, EdD, ABPP
1 Ethics Continuing Education Credit

Program Description:   The COVID-19 pandemic has changed American life dramatically including an increase in the mental health needs of the public. This webinar presents some ethical issues that may arise to COVID-19 and suggests a decision-making format based on principle-based ethics to address these concerns.

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe how to respond to clinical and ethical issues that may arise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pennsylvania Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (Act 31)
Presented by: Rachael Baturin, MPH, JD

2 CE Credits

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 requirement for education in child abuse reporting and recognition for license renewal 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.

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Mental Health Access in Pennsylvania: Examining Capacity for a Global Health Crisis Response
Presented by: PPA Emerging Leader, Kirby Wycoff, PsyD, MPH and Dan Warner, PhD
1 Continuing Education Credit

Program Description:   Is Pennsylvania prepared to address the psychological and psychiatric needs in the Commonwealth during and after COVID-19? This webinar will present findings from a PPA-led examination of mental health access in Pennsylvania. Even before this global health crisis, Pennsylvania struggled to meet the needs of it most vulnerable members, with approximately 1 in 5 Pennsylvanians living with a mental illness, yet only 4 in 10 of those people actually receiving appropriate care.1 This research study identifies and maps the number of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychologists across counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The impact of the coronavirus crisis will be reviewed, and the policy and practice implications will be discussed.

1 National Alliance on Mental Illness, Keystone Pennsylvania. (2019). Retrieved from

Program Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Access & interact with PPA’s online interactive map on “Psychotropic Prescribers in Pennsylvania”
  2. Find their own county and zip code to see access to psychotropic prescribers in their area
  3. Consider the ways that psychologists could fill the psychotropic prescriber gap

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Overcoming the Challenges of Counseling Children and Teens Online
Jeffrey Bernstein, PhD

Join this live webinar with Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein for some professional stimulation while getting in touch with your "inner child". Dr. Bernstein offers several concrete, effective strategies with amusing examples to help connect with children and teens through online counseling. A wonderful chance to brainstorm together and discover how to help children of all ages. 

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Talking about Suicide: The Patient's Experience and the Therapist's Experience

Knowing 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 patients and recognizing the therapist's own feelings can help open channels of communication. This program fulfills the requirement for Act 74.

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Promote Psychology & Social Justice via News Media: It’s our Ethical Duty

Part 1
Part 2

Human Trafficking - Identification & Treatment for Survivors of Modern-Day Slavery

Session 1 - Human Trafficking Identification

Session 2 - The Legal Process and Treatment Overview

Session 3 - Treatment of Trafficking Survivors


Ending the “Silent Shortage” in Pennsylvania through RxP


Ethical Considerations When Retiring from Private Practice



How to Prepare a Professional Will

Essentials of Making Professional Presentations


Online Reputation Management: Ethical Considerations and Strategies


An Introduction to Telepsychology Services

Session One

Session Two

Session Three


Support PPA each time you register for a 
Trust Ethics and Risk Management Webinar

The Trust is offering our association a way to benefit from each purchase of its Ethics and Risk Management Continuing Education Webinar Sequences.

While The Trust’s live workshops involve new content in a classroom setting and the potential to spend time with colleagues, not everyone can attend at the time and place the workshop is scheduled. Webinars enable you to earn CE credits without travel, lodging, and days away from work. Webinars also enable you to view content (and pause, fast forward, and rewind) at your own pace.

 If you have no plans to attend, or have not been able to attend, The Trust's live Ethics and Risk Management Workshops, you can now virtually attend any of four webinar sequences and attribute a portion of the registration fee to the SPTA representing psychologists in your state. You can do this simply by entering the promotion code TRUST-PA during webinar registration(These workshops qualify for the ethics requirement as mandated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology)

Choose from the following Trust Ethics and Risk Management Webinar Sequences:


Sequence II:

Risk Management in Specific High Risk Areas Featuring Eric A. Harris, Ed.D., J.D. (6 hours)

Sequence III:

Ethical Decision Making and Risk Management in Clinical Practice - Featuring Jeffrey N. Younggren, Ph.D., ABPP  (6 hours)

Sequence IV:

Adventures on the Electronic Frontier: Ethics and Risk Management in the Digital Era - Featuring Eric A. Harris, Ed.D., J.D. (6 hours)

Sequence V:

Hot Topics in Ethics and Risk Management in Psychological Practice - Featuring Jeffrey N. Younggren, Ph.D.; ABPP, Eric A. Harris, Ed.D., J.D.; Joe Scroppo, Ph.D., J.D.; and Daniel O. Taube, J.D., Ph.D. (6 hours)

Here’s how to earn 6 CE credits and support PPA:

  1. Get details, select a webinar, register (include the promotion code TRUST-PA), and create a login
  2. View the webinar on a web-enabled device at your convenience
  3. Pass an online exam and complete a brief online webinar evaluation
  4. Download and print or save a PDF of your CE certificate
  5. Individuals and groups insured through The Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Insurance Program may qualify for a 15% discount on their annual insurance premium for two consecutive renewals by submitting certificate(s) along with their insurance renewals.