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          2017 LACPA CE PROGRAMS

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The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association
to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.
LACPA maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.


These courses may be taken to satisfy California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)
continuing education requirements.




Saturday, June 10, 2017

 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 CE Credits 4.0



An Evidence-Based Approach to Cannabis: Cannabis Science in the 21st Century


Presenter: Michael Backes       

 Held at the LACPA Office in Encino


Includes continental breakfast and parking.


To Register Click Here


Pre-registration ends Wednesday, June 7th at 9:00 PM

On-site registration will be available at an additional $20.00 if space permits


Recent changes in legislation are dramatically changing the perception, availability, and utilization of cannabis. Currently, 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 5 adults under 30 are consuming medical and recreational cannabis. These changes affect your clients and your work with them and highlight the need for clear, clinical information based on the latest findings and evidence-based research.


Michael Backes is a world-renowned expert in the burgeoning field of cannabis science. He is the author of Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana, with a foreword by Dr. Andrew Weil. Cannabis Pharmacy has been the best-selling medical marijuana book on Amazon since its publication. In this talk, Backes will outline the state of the science in a sophisticated, nuanced way that is sadly lacking in the typical discourse. He will deepen your understanding of how cannabis interacts with the mind and body, thus allowing you to address cannabis use (and abuse) with innovative approaches – including the latest harm reduction strategies.


He will cover the latest fMRI studies of cannabis’ effect on the brain, as well as the critical role of cannabis chemistry in understanding and reducing adverse effects, dependency and withdrawal. He will provide a survey of the endocannabinoid system and its role in emotion, memory and cognition, and how the various compounds in cannabis (THC, CBD, terpenes) act on neural networks and the body. He will cover medical and psychiatric indications and contraindications for use. Attendees will learn how to work with patients in a way that is supportive, grounded, and reduces harm. You will learn about appropriate dosing, routes of administration, and extractions such as edibles, wax, and shatter. Medical recommendations, procurement and quality of medicine, and guidance for skillful use will be discussed. Included will be an overview of key terms such as indica, sativa, and CBD. He will also cover the newly discovered cannabis related illness: Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome. There will also be ample time to ask questions for any information not covered.


Michael Backes, is the author of Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana, editor of the book Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany, and co-founder of Cornerstone Research Collective, the first evidence-based medical cannabis collective in California. Backes secured funding for the Cannabis monographs, the first scientific monographs published in the U.S. since the 1940s. He sits on the Cannabis Committee of the American Herbal Products Association and is a founding board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association. For over a decade, Michael Backes worked as technical advisor to the late author Michael Crichton on book and film projects including Jurassic Park, Timeline, Disclosure, Prey, Twister and also co-wrote with Crichton the screenplay for Rising Sun.  Backes co-founded the American Film Institute Digital Media Studies program and the AFI/Apple Computer Center for Film and Videomakers. Currently, Backes is a member of the 5D Institute think tank based in Los Angeles. Backes has lectured on emerging technologies at universities around the world including Stanford, USC, UCLA and Tokyo University. His work has been profiled in Wired, Vice, Premiere, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Slake Quarterly, and more.



Saturday, September 16, 2017 

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

CE Credits 4.0



Using Psychoanalytic Concepts to Deepen the Psychotherapeutic Process


Includes continental breakfast and parking.


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Pre-registration end Wednesday, September 13th at 9:00 PM

On-site registration will be available at an additional $20.00 if space permits.



Psychoanalysis is an in-depth model of healing that deeply respects the power of the unconscious, honors a developmental process rooted in history, and fosters reflective capacity in both patient and clinician.


Each clinical moment holds the potential to further the therapeutic process. The task of the clinician is to learn to listen more deeply both to what the patient is saying and to what the patient is not quite saying. When we listen with not only our heads but also our hearts, it frees us up to respond in ways more powerfully attuned to what the patient needs in that moment to grow. It is inevitable that each such choice we make, although allowing something to be gained, will also cause something else to be lost.


This workshop will translate a number of core psychoanalytic concepts into contemporary terms that will be accessible to clinicians of all theoretical orientations. You will learn to identify and begin to decode the patient’s unconscious communications, which will allow you to appreciate that the patient's actions and unspoken words are giving voice to what longs to be heard but cannot always be articulated. You will become more skilled at using transference and countertransference to facilitate the unfolding process between patient and clinician. Attention will also be paid to assessing the patient's developmental state, to clarifying the distinction between part-object and whole-object experiences, and strengthening the therapeutic frame in order to promote growth.





Michele Gomes, Psy.D., is the Executive Director of Wright Institute Los Angeles. She has a part-time private practice in West Los Angeles, and is an advanced candidate in psychoanalytic training and a faculty member of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Gomes is a member of the clinical Ph.D. faculty at CSPP-LA, and her professional interests include teaching, training, and institutional development.






Saturday, November 4, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CE Credits:   6.0


Advanced CBT: Using Case Formulation to Drive Treatment and Reduce Burnout


Presenter: Lynn McFarr, Ph.D.

Held at The New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles


Includes continental breakfast and afternoon snack.  Lunch is on your own.


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Pre-registration ends Monday, October 30th at 9:00 PM

On-site registration will be available at an additional $20.00 if space permits.



Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) uses individual case conceptualizations to explain how symptoms are maintained, which guides interventions and protocol use. Typically, CBT clinicians target a single disorder and may not feel competent to address complex cases with multiple disorders and problems. In case-formulation-driven CBT, therapists can develop hypotheses about and assess psychological mechanisms that underlie a patient’s challenges allowing the clinician to efficiently treat multiple problems and disorders by incorporating cognitive and behavioral protocols. This workshop offers current best practices and practical strategies that therapists can use to identify mechanisms, develop a case formulation, design a treatment plan based on the formulation, and intervene to target specific cognitive and behavioral mechanisms. The workshop will also provide ways to collect data throughout treatment in order to test the formulation and evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment plan. Teaching methods include didactic presentations, case examples, and interactive exercises.



Lynn McFarr, Ph.D., is the Director of the Cognitive Behavioral/Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic, former Interim Training Director, and the former Interim Chief of Psychology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is also a Professor of Health Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry for the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Director of CBT California (CBTC). Dr. McFarr received her Ph.D. from New York University (NYU) in clinical psychology and trained as a cognitive behavioral therapist under Dr. Robert Leahy at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City. She completed her internship at the Sepulveda VA and her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. McFarr is an award-winning trainer of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and psychiatric nurses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies including DBT, CBASP, and ACT. She has twice been acknowledged as Teacher of the Year by the Department of Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA and has also received Psychologist of the Year from the L.A. County Department of Mental Health. She lectures for major universities and regularly presents at national and international conferences. Dr. McFarr is a Beck Scholar and is on the executive board for both the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and The International Association for Cognitive Therapy (IACP). She founded the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Society of Southern California as well as the listservs for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and CBASP. Dr. McFarr was the senior editor of Cognitive Therapy for eight years. Dr. McFarr conducts research on supervision, training and adherence in CBT, DBT, CBASP and ACT as well as studies on Therapy Interfering Behaviors and Secondary Targets in DBT. She is a member of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Strategic Planning Meeting, a consortium of international DBT researchers, and was the Chair of the annual meeting of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT) for 2014-2015. She is published in the areas of CBT for schizophrenia, medication compliance, and adult friendships issues as well as papers on DBT processes and the development of model curricula for training doctoral students in CBT. Dr. McFarr was intensively trained in DBT in 2000 and 2010 and CBASP in 2007.







What is a Brown Bag Lunch (BBL)?  
BBLs are a FREE LACPA member benefit.  

LACPA opens its doors in Encino six times a year 
for a 1.5 CE BBL program. 


Members bring a lunch, network before the program, and then 
learn and earn free CE.

Members may register online below or Click here to download form    


Monday, June 5, 2017 - Brown Bag Lunch
12:15 - 1:45 PM

Embracing Borderline


Presented by: Aimee Martinez, Psy.D.
                         and Claudia Feldman, Ph.D.

Location: LACPA Office, Encino

To register for Drs. Martinez & Feldman 6/5/17 Click here


Often clinicians shy away from working with patients who exhibit symptoms of a borderline personality organization. The stigma associated with the population can leave few options for those who need treatment the most. This presentation provides an alternative diagnostic conceptualization for BPD as well as treatment considerations from a Regulation Theory perspective.  


Aimee Martinez, Psy.D., is the Director of Clinical Relations for Wright Institute Los Angeles where she facilitates institutional and trainee development in professional marketing. Through her research, she developed a protocol implementing analytic work groups as a supervisory component in Substance Use Disorder treatment centers to aid in decreasing counselor burnout. Aimee's training at the Tavistock Clinic in London inspired her research.







Claudia Feldman, Ph.D., is Clinical Director and a core faculty member at Wright Institute Los Angeles. In addition to her roles at WILA, she maintains a private practice in Los Angeles and has presented research on gender identity, testosterone, and memory expressions across North America. Currently, Dr. Feldman is a Clinical Associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, where she continues to deepen her knowledge of psychoanalysis. She has a special interest in family dynamics, individual differences, intimacy, and relatedness.









Wish you could receive high quality continuing education credits (CEs) from the comfort and convenience of your home or office?

Sad that you couldn't make it in person to see the recent talk by the noted sexpert, Marty Klein? 


If so, then LACPA has you covered!  Come partake in our first ever online CE. It is professionally recorded in a user-friendly format that allows you to see both the video and the slides simultaneously. You will be able to pause, walk away, and pick it up later. Enjoy the convenience of learning online without complications, as we have simplified and refined the technology to make it easy to learn from home. Anyone can do it—and so can you. And of course, LACPA members always receive a discounted price. Increase your learning and get high quality CEs from your home or office. You will be glad you did.

Please click below for a preview of the talk and the opportunity to sign up.





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