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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, April 8, 2017

 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 CE Credits 6.0


DBT: Dialectic Behavior Therapy

Presenter: Charlotte W. Thomas, LCSW

 Held at the LACPA Office in Encino


To Register Click Here


Includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and parking.


Pre-registration ends Wednesday, April 5th at 9:00 PM

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


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence based treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., for complex multi-diagnostic individuals with pervasive emotion dysregulation and concurrent high risk suicidal behaviors. Over the past two and a half decades, research has consistently demonstrated DBT as being effective for patients with a variety of complex presentations including eating disorders, substance abuse, and other disorders where emotion dyscontrol is a core issue. This dyscontrol often interferes with treatment as well as long-term maintenance of therapeutic progress and is essential to address in a structured manner during clinical services. This workshop will use a session-to-session birds eye view of walking a client through DBT in a standard outpatient setting. It will use this teaching model to demonstrate the use of DBT principles and skills in a concrete, “real world” manner to offer clinicians of all orientation a better grasp of DBT principles and intervention strategies. This course will also teach the application of the concept of dialectics to both every day and complex clients, review diary cards and structure individual sessions, and conduct a behavior chain analysis and solution analysis.


Charlotte Thomas, LCSW, received her master’s degree in Social Science Administration at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.  She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Oregon with a specialization in treating eating disorders and associated issues including borderline personality disorder, depression and anxiety. At Portland DBT Institute, she is the Program Manager for the Pathways to Mindful Eating (PME) program, and serves on the management board for the clinic. She created their Intensive Outpatient Program for eating disorders and cross clinic integration of competencies related to treating complex clients. In addition, Ms. Thomas trains clinics and individuals nationally on DBT, program development, eating disorders, and evidence- based practice.





Saturday, May 13, 2017

 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 CE Credits 4.0



Contextual Behavioral Therapies for work with Gender and Sexual Minorities 


Presenter: Matthew D. Skinta, Ph.D., ABPP

 Held at the LACPA Office in Encino


Includes continental breakfast and parking.


To Register Click Here


Pre-registration ends Wednesday, May 10th at 9:00 PM

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


Despite incredible advances in the science of psychological distress or well-being among gender and sexual minority (GSM) clients, changes in treatment have been lagging. Most resources are dedicated to the need for an affirming and non-rejecting stance, though these do not meet the needs of therapists who wish to align their practice with the most current of data. This workshop will promote cutting-edge techniques that take advantage of research on minority stress and emotion regulation. The workshop will incorporate both theoretical and experiential work. Moving through life as a gender or sexual minority often entails some period of secrecy, guardedness, shame, and familial ruptures. We will explore the newest methods and therapeutic techniques that tackle these concerns in the therapy hour and within the therapeutic relationship. 

This workshop will also aid clinicians in cultivating their own compassion and values toward meeting the challenges of moving through life as a GSM person, particularly through targeting the therapist’s own history of cultural messages about gender and sexuality that might arise in the therapeutic relationship. Through the use of awareness, courage, therapeutic love, compassion, perspective taking, and acceptance, participants will grow in their ability to relate as gendered and sexual beings. From this place, powerful and therapeutic relationships can blossom.
Clinicians will leave with a greater understanding of how concepts such as minority stress, rejection sensitivity, and complex trauma can be better responded to in session. Particularly, attention will be made toward the cultural and global concerns that arise as both acceptance and animus are on the rise globally toward GSM communities.


Matthew Skinta, Ph.D., ABPP, is a board-certified health psychologist, researcher, and the Director of Palo Alto University’s Sexual & Gender Identities Clinic. Matthew is a peer-reviewed Acceptance & Commitment Therapy trainer, as well as a certified Functional Analytic Psychotherapy trainer.  His new book, Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities: A Clinician’s Guide to Fostering Compassion, Connection, and Equality Using Contextual Strategies, was released in Fall 2016 by Context Press.






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 US 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.









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    


Friday, March 31, 2017 - Brown Bag Lunch
12:15 - 1:45 PM

Working with "Failure to Launch" Young Adults  


Presented by: Crystal Lee, Psy.D.  

Location: LACPA Office, Encino

To register for Dr. Lee 3/31/17 Click here


Recent research suggests there is a new developmental period called “emerging adulthood”, which is distinctly different from adolescence and adulthood. Learn about the unique characteristics of emerging adulthood and how they may affect successfully “launching” towards independence. Finally, learn what interventions may assist these emerging adults transition into adulthood.

 Crystal Lee, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist that specializes in “failure to launch” and related issues in adolescents and emerging adults. Through her private practice, LA Concierge Psychologist, she provides "house calls" to clients on the Westside of Los Angeles. 





Friday, April 28, 2017 - Brown Bag Lunch
12:15 - 1:45 PM

Behavioral Medicine: Understanding Pain Psychology


Presented by: Jennifer L. Huggins, Psy.D.

Location: LACPA Office, Encino

Tor register for Dr. Huggins 4/28/17 Click here


Chronic pain is a widely misunderstood phenomenon; a mystery when looked at solely from a medical perspective. Research is now providing a number of advances in how chronic pain is understood. These advances create opportunities for psychologists to be key players in the treatment of persons suffering from chronic pain.

Jennifer L. Huggins, Psy.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a specialization in chronic pain. She completed her Health Psychology fellowship in the Bay Area and has been working in multidisciplinary pain programs for the last six years. She currently works at Kaiser Permanente in the pain management department and has a private practice where she works with a variety of presenting problems.







Friday, May 12, 2017 - Brown Bag Lunch
12:15 - 1:45 PM

Roadmap to Meaning: The Existential Perspective in Psychotherapy 


Presented by: Donald Schultz, Ph.D.   

South Bay Location: To Be Determined

To register for Dr. Schultz 5/12/17 Click here


Dr. Schultz will present on psychotherapeutic considerations utilizing an existential perspective.   This approach sees patient issues and symptoms as primarily stemming from the individual’s confrontation with “Existence Pain”, encompassing the struggle to achieve meaning and manage death anxiety, while being mindful of choices and their consequences.  The concepts, theories and interventions of Existential Psychotherapy will be presented, as will the primary contributors to this field, including Irvin Yalom, Rollo May, Viktor Frankl, and others.  


Donald Schultz, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Applied Clinical Psychology Department.  He teaches courses in gerontology, family systems, cognitive-behavioral psychology, and existential-humanistic psychology.  Dr. Schultz maintains a private practice with an existential/interpersonal focus, emphasizing successful aging and life meaning as ultimate goals.  He holds a Certificate in Gerontology, and is certified by the AATBS as an Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Treatment Specialist (ADODTS).  He is the co-facilitator of LACPA's Philosophy for Psychotherapist Special Interest Group.





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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