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Keynote Speaker: Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D. At the DoubleTree Hotel in Culver City

10/18/2014
When: 10/18/2014
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: DoubleTree Hotel
6161 W. Centinela Ave.
Culver City, CA  90230
Presenter: Keynote: Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.
Contact: LACPA
818-905-0410


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LACPA’s Convention Committee is pleased to announce that Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., will deliver the afternoon keynote address Sustainable Happiness: Research and Practice at our 26th Annual Convention on Saturday, October 18, 2014.   

 

Dr. Lyubomirsky is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside.  Her best-selling 2008 book, "The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want" has been published in 22 countries. Her new book is entitled "The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, But Does."

Her research on the science of happiness has received many honors, including the Templeton Positive Psychology Prize and a Science of Generosity Grant.  

Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, has graciously agreed to sign copies of her bestselling books—The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness—after her presentation at LACPA’s Convention on Saturday, October 18th, in Culver City.

If you do not already own these books, there is still time to purchase them through Amazon.  Click here to order them online.   Convention attendees will receive a tote bag so carrying the books will be convenient.

 

 


 

                                           Convention Registration Rates
                                  Pre-registration ends Monday, October 13th.  
                       On site registration will be available for an additional $35 fee.

LACPA Member

$189

LACPA Early Career Psychologist
           (LACPA Members within 7 years of receipt of doctorate)

 

$139

LACPA Student Member

$  89

Non-Member

$215

Student Non-Member (Pre-Doctoral)  must send proof of student status

 

$105

 

 



 

 

LACPA will Honor the following at the 
Convention Awards Luncheon  

 

Distinguished Service to LACPA 
by a LACPA Member

Pamela J. McCrory, Ph.D.

 

2012 President of LACPA
Representative to the Board of Psychology
Passionate supporter of the link between psychology and the arts
Advocate for the mental health needs of veterans through the Soldier’s Project

 



Distinguished Service to the
Profession of Psychology

Jeff Tirengel, Psy.D., M.P.H.

 

Educator
Advocate for mothers and children
Prominent clinician in cardiac and pulmonary care and oncology

 







Distinguished Legislator

 

Alex Padilla

California State Senator
 


 



2014 Poster Session

 

How Can Current/Future Mental Health Clinicians Increase
Utilization Rates for the Hispanic Population?

Joanna Barba, M.A.  

California School of Professional Psychology
at Alliant International University

 

Feeling Grateful: The Role of Gratitude in Understanding Relapse in Individuals
in Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Jenna Blume, M.A. 
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

 

Reduction of Social Network in Older Adulthood

Jennifer Cardenas-Trowers, B.S. 
California School of Professional Psychology
at Alliant International University

 

The Importance of Primary Care in Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Jacqueline Mendoza, B.A.  
California School of Professional Psychology
at Alliant International University

 

The Relationship between Physical Activity and Resilience

Michelle Miranda, M.P.H.  
California School of Professional Psychology
at Alliant International University

 

Neuropsychological Impairments in Traumatized Children

Shannon O’Connor, M.S. 
California School of Professional Psychology
at Alliant International University

 

Reframing Happiness: The Role of Positive Reappraisals and Counterfactuals
in African American Women with Breast Cancer

Frychetta Randall, M.A. 
California School of Professional Psychology
at Alliant International University

 

The Betty White Effect

Sara Rogers, M.A. 
Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University

 

The Relationship between Pornography and Sexual Satisfaction in Heterosexual Couples

Veronica Sikora, M.A.   
California School of Professional Psychology

at Alliant International University

 

Early Maladaptive Schemas and Sociodemographic Correlates of Depressive Symptoms:
Toward the Creation of a Predictive Model of Depression

Kenneth Skale, B.A.  
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

 

  



Session I

 

2.0 CE Credits all courses

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness (CALM):
An Adjunct to Current Therapy

Course Level: Intermediate

While mindfulness is well known with adults, this is a seminar to learn how mindfulness is being used with adolescents ages 11-24. We will learn about a new program called CALM—Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness that can be used as an adjunct to current therapy.



Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.,
is a psychologist who has authored a number of books including The Now Effect and is co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook. He is also the co-creator of the Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness (CALM) program for teens and tweens.





Stefanie Goldstein, Ph.D.,
is a psychologist whose passion is working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families struggling with daily life, helping to support them on their path toward healing and growth. She is also the co-creator of the Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness (CALM) program for teens and tweens.

 



Tools and Strategies for Families Going Through Divorce

Course Level: Intermediate    Click here for handouts

Families experiencing divorce are going through a grieving process. Their needs may vary according to what stage they are in and how culture interfaces with these grief stages. In this workshop, participants will learn tools and strategies to help families with the legal, emotional, sociocultural, and financial processes in divorce.



Linda Bortell, Psy.D.,
has a private practice in South Pasadena with a focus on child trauma and high conflict divorce. She has presented extensively on the impact of culture in the divorce process. She is a Past President of LACPA and has served two terms on the Board of the California Psychological Association(CPA). She is currently the Chair of the CPA-PAC.




Gitu Bhatia, Psy.D.,
is a psychologist in private practice with extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families. She provides psychotherapy, parent training, psychological assessments, mediation, and collaborative law. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Psychology at Pepperdine University. Dr. Bhatia is actively involved in raising awareness regarding the impact of diversity on mental health and family law practice. She is President-Elect of LACPA.

 




Ethical and Legal Considerations When Using DSM-5

Course Level: Advanced  Click here for Handout A    Click here for Handout B  Click here for Handout C   Click here for Handout D

Psychotherapists struggle with ethical diagnosing of clients. This workshop examines the major changes to the DSM-5. Potential harm inherent in using diagnostic inflation for reimbursement, assigning parity diagnoses, fraudulent insurance practices, and documented ethical controversies related to development of the DSM-5 will be addressed.


Pamela Harmell, Ph.D.,
is a national lecturer on legal and ethical issues in psychology, a Senior Lecturer at Pepperdine University, and has written extensively on ethical practice. She is the Past President of the Board of Psychology, former Chair of CPA Ethics Committee, and Co-Chair of the LACPA Ethics Committee. She has completed one year of law school.

 




Frontiers in Primary Care: Potential Minefields & Ethical Issues

Course Level: Intermediate   Click here for Handout 1    Click here for Handout 2

Healthcare reform offers psychologists cross disciplinary work opportunities with primary care providers in addressing undiagnosed mental health problems. Case vignettes will illustrate how integrative healthcare settings can present ethical challenges in the areas of informed consent, confidentiality, and multiple roles relationships when providing assessment, intervention, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Anthony Zamudio, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the USC Family Medicine Residency Program at California Hospital with over 23 years teaching residents, medical students, and psychology graduate students the psychosocial aspects of primary care. He has multiple journal publications on patient encounters in primary care. He is a member of the LACPA Ethics Committee and a former member of the California Psychological Association Ethics Committee.




 

Anxiety and Somatization: The Silent Body, the Noisy Body, and the Body that Speaks

Course Level: Advanced

In this talk, Dr. Helscher describes breakdowns in early bodily care that create cracks in the patient’s sensory floor, and how such cracks appear in later life as 1) the noisy or anxious body and 2) the body that speaks through hypochrondriacal or psychosomatic symptoms. He describes how psychotherapists can co-create in therapy a language for sensory experiences that allows the patent to symbolize rather than simply suffering pointlessly.

Thomas Helscher, Ph.D., Psy.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Past-President at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS). He is on the faculty at LAISPS and the Wright Institute Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the IPA and a member of the University of California Psychoanalytic Consortium and of the Lacanian Forum of California.

 



Complex Dynamics in Families of Older Adults

Course Level: Intermediate

Family dynamics often are more challenging due to the needs specific to older adults in families. Important issues, including intergenerational role reversal, caregiver stresses, and unresolved sibling rivalries, will be explored with clinical case material. Beneficial treatment considerations and interventions, even when working individually with middle-aged adults, will be discussed.


Amy Rosett, Ph.D.,
provides individual, couple, and family psychotherapy with a specialty in geropsychology. She offers training and consultation in various areas, including for Medicare providers. She worked in long-term care facilities. She served on the Board of Psychologists in Long Term Care and was a clinical instructor at UCLA’s Medical School. She is a Past President and current Board member of LACPA.

 

 


 

 

Session II

2.0 CE Credits all courses

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Healing Attachment Trauma: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy

Course Level: Advanced

With its focus on facilitating healing emotional transformations within an emotionally engaged therapeutic relationship, Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) is ideally suited to healing attachment trauma. This presentation will make extensive use of videotaped clinical material to illustrate how explicit therapeutic affective engagement and disclosure can facilitate emotional and relational transformation.


Ronald J. Frederick, Ph.D.,
is a psychologist, the author of the award-winning book Living Like You Mean It: Use the Wisdom and Power of Your Emotions to Get the Life You Really Want (Jossey-Bass, 2009), a senior faculty member of the Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Institute, and Co-Founder of the Center for Courageous Living, Beverly Hills.

 



Ethical Paperwork in Private Practice

Course Level: Advanced   Click here for handouts

This presentation focuses on the ethical documentation requirements for mental health professionals in private practice. It is interactive in nature and will incorporate case scenarios designed to encourage practitioners to consider their current practices in documentation and ways to improve upon these practices.

Maelisa Hall, Psy.D., is a psychologist who specializes in helping therapists learn to love their paperwork. She is currently the Quality Assurance Manager for a community mental health agency and provides consultation and training on clinical documentation through her business, QA Prep. She recently created the free Private Practice Paperwork Checklist.

 



Clinical Interventions at the Crossroads of Midlife

Course Level: Advanced

This presentation posits that midlife is a crossroads in which nostalgia, longing and, wisdom converge in a perfect storm of opportunity for cultivation of self-integration, meaning, and creativity. Drawing from professional literature and case illustrations, the presenter will illustrate how practitioners can help individuals access tools for self-actualization and well-being past midlife.

Elizabeth Wolfson, Ph.D., LCSW, is Chair of the Master’s in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Santa Barbara. She was previously an instructor at Columbia University School of Social Work and served as Clinical Director in agency settings for over two decades. Dr. Wolfson has published and presented on topics related to healthy aging, midlife, creativity, and the psychotherapeutic relationship. She maintains a private practice in Santa Barbara.

 


Enhancing Multicultural Dialogues: What I See Could Be Me!

Course Level: Intermediate

This presentation addresses the major themes that surfaced from 20 psychologists examining their own cultural influences and the impact this examination has had in their personal and professional lives. The results provide insight into the importance of understanding one’s own cultural background as a way to enhance our multicultural dialogues.

Miguel E. Gallardo, Psy.D., is an Associate Professor and Director of Aliento, The Center for Latina/o Communities at Pepperdine University. His research interests include the psychotherapy process when working with ethnocultural communities and in the processes by which individuals develop cultural awareness. Dr. Gallardo has published journal articles, books, and book chapters in the areas of multicultural psychology.




 

Assessing Children’s Views of Family Relationships

Course Level: Advanced

How do you assess children’s relationships with multiple family members and their views of parenting? This workshop will review theory and methods, including new data from a standardized nonverbal instrument, the SCARF, which engages children aged four to 12. The presentation will help you assess aspects of attachment and discuss clinical and forensic applications.


Angus Strachan, Ph.D.,
is a psychologist in practice in Santa Monica. He has worked as a family therapist, family law mediator, parenting plan coordinator, and has conducted over 150 custody evaluations. He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA.





Mary Lund, Ph.D., has conducted over 600 custody evaluations and has been mediating for over 20 years. She conducted research on attachment issues and parental involvement in children and divorce at the University of Cambridge, England. She frequently speaks to lawyers, judges, and mental health professionals, and trains the incoming family law judges in California.

 



Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Insomnia

Course Level: Intermediate  Click here for handouts

This seminar provides an introduction to the cognitive behavioral treatment of chronic insomnia (CBT-I). Research on the efficacy of CBT-I indicates that it is as robust as hypnotic medications on most sleep variables and has clearly more durable effects post-treatment. Clinicians wanting to better understand how to manage insomnia should attend.

Jeffrey Young Ph.D., CBSM, is a psychologist in private practice in Encino who specializes in the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders. Dr. Young is certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and a Founding Member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.






 

Luncheon and
Presentation of Poster Awards

1:00 p.m.

 

Presentation of
2014 LACPA Awards

1:45 p.m.

 

Distinguished Service to LACPA
by a LACPA Member

Pamela J. McCrory, Ph.D.

 

Distinguished Service to the Profession
of Psychology

Jeff Tirengel, Psy.D., M.P.H.


Distinguished Legislator

 

Senator Alex Padilla

 

Dessert and Networking

2:15 p.m.

Be sure to visit our Exhibitors

Balance Treatment Center 

Betty Ford Center

Bridges to Recovery

CA Victim Compensation Program – Mental Health Section

Center for Healthy Sex

Clearview Treatment Programs

Collaborative Practice CA

Del Amo Hospital

Elements Behavioral Health

Insight Treatment Programs

Iranian Psychological Association of American &

     Saturday Center for Psychotherapy

Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association

Paradigm Malibu

Peace Talks Mediation 

Practice-Legacy Programs LLC

Renewed Freedom Center

Sovereign Health Group

The Trust
WPS Publishing



 

  

Session III

2.0 CE Credits

2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Sustainable Happiness: Research and Practice

Course Level: Intermediate

Happiness not only feels good; it is good. Happy people have more stable marriages, superior health, and higher incomes. Fortunately, experiments have shown that people can intentionally increase their happiness. Lyubomirsky will introduce the positive activity model, which explains when and why such practices as gratitude or kindness work "best.” In sum, this presentation will present new research on how small and simple activities can transform people into happier and more flourishing individuals.


Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.,
is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. She received her A.B.summa cum laudefrom Harvard University and her Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University. Dr. Lyubomirsky and her research on the science of happiness have been the recipients of many honors, including the Templeton Positive Psychology Prize and a Science of Generosity grant.

 

Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, has graciously agreed to sign copies of her bestselling books—The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness—after her presentation at LACPA’s Convention on Saturday, October 18th, in Culver City.

 

To take advantage of this opportunity, sign up for the Convention by October 13th and save $35 at www.lapsych.org 

 

If you do not already own these books, there is still time to purchase them through Amazon.  Click here to order them online.   Each convention attendee will receive a tote bag so carrying the books will be convenient.




 

Reception & Book Signing

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

No-Host Happy Hour

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.



 


 

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