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2018 LACPA Convention

When: 10/27/2018
8:30 AM - 4:45 PM
Where: DoubleTree By Hilton Los Angeles - Westside
6161 W. Centinela Ave.
Culver City, California  90230
United States
Contact: LACPA Office
(818) 905-0410

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On-site registration will be available Saturday at an additional $35.

Registration begins at 7:45 AM - third floor foyer.

Pre-registration ended 10/22/18.


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2018 LACPA Awardees

2018 Convention Sponsors

Dr. Shapiro Information


Session I 

Session II

Session III


Poster Presentations



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.


Date, presenters, and location are all subject to change




Session I

2.0 CE Credits all courses

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



Suicide, Social Media, and Substance Use:

The Risk for Young Adults and Teens                                           Course Level: Intermediate


This workshop may be counted toward the suicide requirement mandated for license renewal.

This workshop focuses upon the basic legal and ethical issues related to suicide, social media, and substance use.  Participants will review current expert opinion, legal updates and standard of care related to (1) updates on relationship between social media and suicide; (2) American Academy of Pediatrics suicide assessment; (3) substance use disorders and the risk of suicide; (4) legal and ethical issues with “safety agreements”; and (5) Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). Literature updates, along with relevant Codes of Ethics will be included in all areas of discussion.  

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Pamela Harmell, Ph.D., is a national lecturer specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice.  A Professor at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, she has written extensively in professional publications on ethical practice. She is a Past President of the BOP, former Chair of the State Ethics Committee, and past Co-Chair of the LACPA Ethics Committee. She served on the Board of Directors of the CPA and is a Past President of LACPA.






Integrative Mental Health:

Self-Care and Self-Actualization                                                     Course Level: Advanced


By synthesizing principles from a broad array of emerging models of healing, including psychodynamic and attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, trauma, and stress resilience models of emotional regulation, ecological medicine, evolutionary psychology, Buddhism, with traditional storytelling, an integrative and empowering new model of mental health can promote self-care and balance as a path to complete healing.



Omid J. Naim, M.D., is a General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist with a specialty in Integrative Medicine. His clinic, Hope Integrative Psychiatry is part of the La Maida Institute - a vision for a communal model for mental health to explore and dynamically refine integrative healing practices.






Development of Feminine Leadership Identity             Course Level: Intermediate


This presentation illuminates elements that contribute to the development of a feminine identity able to integrate and accomplish the demands of extraordinary achievement and extreme levels of leadership. These factors have been identified through research and insights from over 30 eminent limit breakers in business, professions and the creative arts.



Marilyn Ruman, Ph.D., is the founder and director of Marilyn Ruman Clinical and Consulting Associates in Beverly Hills and Brentwood California. The center serves children, adolescents, and adults also providing training and consulting services to businesses, institutions, and community organizations. She is a recognized lecturer and contributor to the media institutions supporting women personal and professionals’ development.  





The Therapeutic Transfer of

Compassion for Self                                                       Course Level: Advanced


Through dialogue and video demonstration, a therapist reveals how her efforts at self-care in session make it possible to inspire her client to direct compassion to herself. States of shame and defense melt, opening the gates to a traumatized woman’s emotional rainbow.

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Susan Warren Warshow, LCSW, LMFT, is the founder of the Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy Institute (DEFT). She is an international presenter, a Certified IEDTA Teacher/Supervisor, a faculty member of the ISTDP Institute, and has published several articles in professional journals. She treats individuals and couples in her Woodland Hills private practice, offers clinical supervision, online therapy, coaching, and consultation.  






Neurodiversity: The Often Ignored

Cultural Consideration                                                   Course Level: Intermediate


Psychologists pride ourselves on being multiculturally sensitive and sophisticated. However, our education and training often overlook neurodiversity. Attendees will learn about the neurodiversity movement. Attendees will also gain insight into the culture of neurodiverse individuals and learn how to adapt therapeutic interventions to be more effective for neurodiverse clients.

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Crystal I. Lee, Ph.D., is a psychologist with a passion for supporting adolescents and emerging adults transition to adulthood. She has specialized experience working with neurodiverse individuals of all ages, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. In Dr. Lee’s private practice, LA Concierge Psychologist, she provides on-site (e.g., in-home) therapy on the Westside.







Bisexual Affirmative Counseling and

Mental Health                                                                  Course Level: Intermediate


Bisexual, pansexual, sexually fluid, and non-monosexual (or “bi+”) people make up the largest subgroup of the LGB population yet face the greatest health disparities and are the least likely to be out. This presents an important quandary for psychotherapists and counselors and sets an even greater impetus to gain knowledge about bi+ identity development, help clients heal from internalized biphobia and bi erasure, and learn what it takes to be a bi-affirmative clinician.



Mimi Hoang, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized psychologist, author, and advocate for the LGBTQ and Asian American communities. Her LGBTQ leadership since 1999 includes co-founding 3 bi+ organizations, multiple publications, invitations to the White House, and being named “One of the Most Significant Women in the Bisexual Movement.” Currently, Dr. Mimi works as a Staff Psychologist at Loyola Marymount University and Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University. www.drmimihoang.com.





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Session II

2.0 CE Credits all courses

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Infomania and Social Media:

Impulsivity vs. Compulsivity                                         Course Level: Intermediate


This lecture provides a discussion of the characteristics of infomania and internet addiction and their relationship with impulsive and compulsive behaviors, the consequences of excessive social media use, and the assessment and diagnosis of the level of dysfunction of sufferers.  Treatment methods will also be addressed.



Eda Gorbis, Ph.D., LMFT, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders in Los Angeles and a Clinical Assistant Professor (V) of Psychiatry at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She is an expert in OCD, BDD, and anxiety disorders and has given over 170 conference presentations about these topics around the world.






Clinical Neuroscience of Addiction:

Implications for Clinical Practice                                  Course Level: Advanced


Research has elucidated neurobiological underpinnings of addiction, yet these findings have not been translated into clinical practice. This workshop will review addiction neurobiology while applying these insights to the phenomenology and treatment of the disorder. Participants will learn to integrate key findings from addiction neuroscience into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.



Lara Ray, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology and psychiatry at UCLA. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Ray completed a predoctoral clinical internship at Brown University Medical School and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies where she specialized in addiction. 






Attachment and the Repair of the

Relational Matrix                                                           Course Level: Advanced


Our bodies tell the story of our struggles to love and be loved. Now that the primary importance of attachment is widely accepted and that neuroscience gives solid evidence of the critical role of the body in cognitive and emotional development, the time is ripe to examine the vital psychobiological contributions of somatic and body-based approaches in the repair of chronic relational and emotional trauma.



Aline LaPierre, Psy.D., MFT, SEP, is the co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship now available in twelve languages. Founder/director of The NeuroAffective Touch™ Institute which offers trainings in the therapeutic use of touch and past faculty in the Somatic Doctoral Program, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (2002-2012), she is currently Vice-President of The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).







Ethical Considerations when Using Mobile Health 
Applications in Clinical Practice
Course Level: Intermediate


This workshop may be counted toward the ethics requirement mandated every two years for license renewal.

In this training, psychologists will learn the current state of the science of mobile health in clinical practice, how to protect the security and privacy of data in mobile health apps, learn applicable ethical guidelines, and how to deal with potential ethical dilemmas. 



Christina Armstrong, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington and California is the program lead for the Education and Training Program at the Connected Health Branch of the Defense Health Agency in the U.S. Department of Defense. Her areas of professional interest include military behavioral health, neuropsychology, and leveraging innovative technology to improve access to health care. 






Fostering Compassion Satisfaction through
Holistic Self-Care 
Course Level: Advanced


This experiential workshop will operationalize Compassion Satisfaction and define risk and protective factors for Compassion Fatigue. Through a validated self-assessment, participants will identify material that puts them at risk for Compassion Fatigue. Through a Sensory Awareness exploration, participants will identify inner and outer resources for resilience and Compassion Satisfaction.



Karen Roller, Ph.D., MFT, is a Clinical Traumatologist and Compassion Fatigue Therapist. She is Assistant Professor at Palo Alto University, and Clinical Coordinator at Peninsula Family Connections, serving 80  migrant families monthly. In collaboration with Global Trauma Research, she performs annual trauma training and outcome research in Haiti. Her most recent publication was Self-Care Practices for the Trauma-Informed Couple and Family Therapist (2016): SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couple Counseling.






Waking Up from Trauma:
Zen and the Art of Coming to Life 
Course Level: Advanced


War trauma is a great teacher: It not only generates extensive dysregulation, it engenders the most profound moral wounds. It teaches us how to come back to life: Post-traumatic growth, conditions for change, and how the healing process unfolds. It holds lessons for working with a wide range of trauma and for our functioning as therapists.



Joseph Bobrow, Roshi, Ph.D., is a Los Angeles-based Zen teacher, psychoanalyst and founding director of Deep Streams Institute and Coming Home Project, which has helped thousands of veterans, families, and care providers transform the anguish of war. His first book was Zen and Psychotherapy, with comments by Thich Nhat Hanh. His second, Waking Up from War has a foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama.





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Session III

2.0 CE Credits

2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.



The Art and Science of Mindfulness                        Course Level: Intermediate


Mindfulness is an emerging theoretical and clinical psychotherapeutic application with substantive empirical research. The current workshop will educate therapists in the relevance of mindfulness to clinical practice in terms of patient care as well as to preventing therapist burnout, drawing on empirical research as well as experiential practices.



Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., is a professor, author, speaker, and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. Dr. Shapiro has published over 150 journal articles and chapters and co-authored the critically acclaimed texts, The Art and Science of Mindfulness, and Mindful Discipline. She was an invited TEDx speaker, her 2017 Talk has been rated one of the top 10 TED-talks on Mindfulness. With twenty years of meditation experience studying in Thailand, Nepal and in the West, Dr. Shapiro brings an embodied sense of mindfulness to her scientific work. Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to graduate education, as well as a Contemplative Practice Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, co-founded by the Dalai Lama. Dr. Shapiro has been invited to present her work to the King of Thailand, the Danish government, and the World Council for Psychotherapy in Beijing, China, as well as to Fortune 100 Companies including Cisco Systems, Genentech, and Google. Her work has been featured in Wired magazine, USA Today, Shape, Dr. Oz, the Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, and the American Psychologist.



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2018 LACPA Awardees




Evelyn Pechter, Psy.D.

2018 Award for Distinguished Service to LACPA by a LACPA Member


For six years, Dr. Pechter worked tirelessly on the Executive Committee as both President and Treasurer. She implemented her vision to enhance LACPA’s financial stability and its organizational efficiency. Dr. Pechter’s service to our organization includes efforts with many committees and the LACPA Foundation.  She also mentored countless numbers of LACPA members.









Michael Yapko, Ph.D.

2018 Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Psychology


Dr. Yapko, a San Diego based clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist, is internationally recognized for his work in treating depression, as well as in brief therapy, clinical hypnosis, and outcome-focused psychotherapy.  He has routinely taught to professional audiences in more than 30 countries across six continents and has received awards from both APA and the Milton H. Erickson Foundation.






These awards will be presented during the luncheon at the 2018 LACPA Convention, on Saturday, October 27th, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Culver City.  Please join us in honoring these two very deserving individuals!



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2018 Poster Session Presentations



Consolidating Change in the Brain: Effectiveness of Restoration Therapy and the Power of Practice

Presenter/First Author:  Lauren R. Ahlquist, M.A.

Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

Advisor:  Terry D. Hargrave, Ph.D.


Attachment and the Meaning Made of Trauma Among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

Presenter/First Author:  Megan Johnson, Ph.D.

Fuller Theological Seminary

Graduated: October 2017


Dissociative States in Eating Disorders

Presenter/First Author:  Lola Martin, M.C.

California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University

Advisor:  Randy Noblitt, Ph.D.


Identifying Best Practices in the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury in Female Adolescent Athletes

Presenter/First Author:  Neda S. Petz, M.A.

California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University

Advisor:  Denise Rockwell, Ph.D., BCBA-D


Consideration of Therapist Biases and Dyadic Interaction to Improve the Treatment Outcome for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Presenter/First Author:  Raha Salehinia, M.A.

California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University

Advisor:  George Gharibian, Ph.D.


The Importance of the Circadian Rhythm in Bipolar Disorders

Presenter/First Author:  Kaitlyn Saulman, B.A.

California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University

Advisor:  Randy Noblitt, Ph.D.


The Effects of Secondary Traumatic Stress and Inner Strength Among Sexual Assault Advocates

Presenter/First Author:  Alicia Tolerico, Psy.D.

California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – San Diego at Alliant International University

Advisor:  Steven Bucky, Ph.D.


Impacts of Online Gaming

Presenter/First Author:  Dustin Weissman, Psy.D.

Antioch University – Santa Barbara

Graduated:  July 2017


Impact of Cultural Factors on Suicide Risk Assessment in Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans

Presenter/First Author:  Brandon Yip, B.A.

California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University

Advisors:  Lisa Liu, Ph.D. and Joan Murray, Ph.D.



This Year's Featured Speaker

Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D.



The Power of Mindfulness: What You Practice Grows Stronger TEDxWashingtonSquare







Click Here for Dr. Shapiro's Featured Profile in Greater Good Magazine



2018 Convention Sponsors


Platinum Plus Sponsor


The Trust



Gold Plus Sponsor

                                                          California Lutheran University




Silver Sponsor

Karen Shore, Ph.D.

 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology



Emerald Sponsor


Alliant International University


LACPA Foundation


Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D.



Bronze Sponsor

DBT Associates of Southern California
Cheryl Kempinsky, Ph.D.

Lynne Steinman, Ph.D.


Convention Opportunities




LACPA Job Board
A Job Board will be available for posting job opportunities.
To submit your ad send an email, no larger than 8.5" X 11" to lacpa1@gmail.com

by Monday, October 22, 2018.  This is a free service.



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